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49er men and women finish second at Cal-Nevada Championships

Chris Lawson won the 400m hurdles and was the runner-up in the 110m hurdles Sunday at the Cal-Nevada Championships.

April 1, 2012

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Long Beach State men's and women's track & field teams both finished second at the Cal-Nevada Championships Sunday at Burns Track & Field Complex.

The women totaled 125 points, which was just five shy of first-place San Diego State (130 points). The men compiled 115 points to come in behind UC Santa Barbara (142.5 points).

"Overall, it was a great second day for both our men's and women's teams," 49er head coach Andy Sythe said. "We performed well with consistency, especially out on the track. Both teams got a lot done that we've been waiting to see for awhile now and we are excited about the opportunities to come as we approach the conference championships in May."

Kayla Goosby, Saedra Wright, Dee Lars and Emily Cooper started off the day with a victory in the women's 4x100 relay as they crossed the finish line in a season-best 46.99 seconds. Cooper came from behind on the anchor leg to give LBSU the win.

Cooper also scored in the 100m (12.24) and 200m (24.80), coming in eighth and third, respectively. Goosby was LBSU's top finisher in the 100m, running a season-best 12.20 to place fourth.

Saedra Wright added a fifth-place showing in the 400m with a time of 56.01.

Rosa Del Toro claimed the individual title in the 1500m with a personal-record 4:28.44, which ranks her fifth in school history.

Shakina Phillips (14.09) took third and Kristen Kiefer (14.18) took fourth in the 100m hurdles. The duo did the same in the 400m hurdles as Phillips registered a time of 60.73 and Kiefer clocked in at 60.91.



The women's 4x400 relay squad (Jasmine Askew, Alexandrea Kruthers, Chelsea Hairanian and Saedra Wright) closed out the track events with a fourth-place performance. Their mark of 3:47.20 ranks ninth on the 49er all-time charts.

In the field events, Katrina Graves-Johnson took top honors in the high jump. She matched her lifetime-best at 5-10, which ranks eighth in program history.

Long Beach State had a number of other strong performances in the high jump as Sara Macey (3rd), Janelle Coulter (T4th) and Stephanie Armstrong (T7th) also scored in the event.

Alexandra Cervantes also scored in the shot put as she finished eighth overall with a personal-record 43-05.

On the men's side, Christopher Lawson won the 400m hurdles in 51.51 seconds and was the runner-up in the 110m hurdles (14.41).

Koree Hines was the top finisher in the 100m hurdles at 14.36 seconds, while Sam Jeter also scored in the 400m hurdles with a sixth-place showing (53.02).

Both relay teams took fourth overall. In the 4x100, Nathan Alade, Lawson, Elijah Landry-Zapien and Cameron Glasgow clocked in at 41.82 seconds, while Jeter, Glasgow, Gabriel Hilbert and Lawson finished the 4x400 in 3:14.74.

Hilbert also scored in the 800m as he was fifth overall (1:53.29).

In the field events, Jacob Weintraub claimed the shot put title with a distance of 58-07.25. That mark was a lifetime best and ranks fifth in school history. Jacob Fraser also tied for sixth in the shot put (53-02.75) and was fifth in the discus (161-06).

Brandon Hierholzer cleared a season-high 15-07 to win the pole vault, while Dillon Fox also put points on the board as he tied for fifth (15-01).

Michael Vaughan added a fourth-place showing in the triple jump with a season-long 48-02.

Ben Woodruff was named the Men's Field Athlete of the Meet for his performance in the javelin on Saturday. Woodruff won the event by 19 feet with a lifetime-best 235-10.

Long Beach State returns to action next week when it heads to the Texas Relays (April 4-7) and the Stanford Invitational (April 6-7).

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