Jessica Barnard claimed the women's 3000m steeplechase title on the first day of the Cal-Nevada Championships.
March 31, 2012
CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Long Beach State track & field team posted a pair of individual victories on the first day of the Cal-Nevada Championships Saturday at Burns Track & Field Complex. The women are currently tied for third with 25 points, while the men sit in fourth with 27 points.
Jessica Barnard picked up 10 points for the 49er women as she won the 3000m steeplechase in a personal-record 10:44.49. Barnard led for most of the race before Emily Canales from Redlands passed her with about 20 meters to go, but Barnard then dug deep to come back for the victory. Barnard's time ranks her third in school history.
Ben Woodruff also claimed the title in the men's javelin with a lifetime-best 235-10. He remained at No. 2 on LBSU's all-time list behind Doug Lefler, who established a school-record 237-02 in 2004.
Shakina Phillips and Kristen Kiefer were double-qualifiers in the hurdle events. Phillips registered a pair of season bests as she finished second in the 100m hurdles at 13.98 seconds and took fourth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 62.09. Kiefer also placed fourth in the 100H (14.12) and fifth in the 400H (62.09).
In the field events, Sara Macey scored in the javelin with a lifetime-best 127-10. Phylicia Johnson (18-10) and Kiefer (18-09.75) also scored in the long jump, placing fifth and sixth, respectively. Johnson's mark was a season best, while Kiefer's distance was a personal record. Shari Harris chipped in an eighth-place performance in the hammer (164-11).
On the men's side, Jake Dawson was the runner-up in the 5000-meter run, crossing the finish line in 14:41.28.
Andrew Garcia notched six points with a fourth-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase (9:27.38).
Christopher Lawson registered the fastest time in the 110-meter hurdle prelims at 14.38 seconds, while Koree Hines was second (14.52). Lawson (53.09) also qualified for the 400m hurdle finals along with Sam Jeter (53.04).
Gabriel Hilbert advanced to the 800m finals with a time of 1:53.03 in the prelims.
Long Beach State closes out action at the Cal-Nevada Championships on Sunday, April 1. The field events begin at 11:30 a.m. and the track events atart at 1:30 p.m.
(Women's 10000m results were not available at time of release)
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