Chris Yates won the shot put and the hammer to help the 49er men to their sixth-straight victory at the Big West Challenge.
April 12, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. - The Long Beach State men's track & field team won its sixth-straight Big West Challenge Cup, while the women finished second Friday at UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium.
The scored meet also featured Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara and host UC Irvine.
The 49er men won 10 events and compiled 213.5 points to finish with a comfortable 30-point lead over runner-up UC Santa Barbara. The women registered four individual wins for 170 points, coming in behind only UCSB (187.5).
LBSU's men's throws squad was dominant as it had a first-place finisher in all four events and totaled 62 points. Chris Yates led the way with victories in both the shot put (59-01.25) and hammer (187-09). His mark in the shot put was a lifetime best and ranks sixth in program history.
Willie Alexander was a double-winner in the horizontal jumps. He claimed top honors in the long jump with an collegiate-best 23-06, and posted a lifetime-best 48-10 to win the triple jump. The 49ers added second-place performances in both events as Camren Woods had a leap of 23-01.25 in the long jump, and Michael Vaughan recorded a distance of 48-06.75 in the triple jump.
Justin Fox cleared a personal-record 6-04.75 to place third in the high jump.
Long Beach State claimed the top-three spots in the 110-meter hurdles. Devin Hickey had the fastest time of the evening at 14.51 seconds, while Koree Hines was the runner-up at 14.60. Davon Wilson-Angel completed the sweep with a season-best 14.61.
Ryan Petrella was the 49ers' top finisher in the 400m hurdles as he placed fifth with a personal-record 55.19 seconds.
Gabe Hilbert took third in the 800m (1:53.77) and fifth in the 1500m (3:54.44).
Woods was the runner-up in the 100m at 10.84 seconds, while Dylan McCloskey posted a lifetime-best 10.91 to finish fourth. McCloskey was also third in the 200m (22.02).
Both relay squads registered season bests on Friday evening. The 4x400 team, which was comprised of Lockett, Cameron Glasgow, McCloskey and Perez-Rogers, came in first at 3:13.68. Perez-Rogers, Glasgow, McCloskey and Elijah Landry-Zapien also combined to finish third in the 4x100 (41.19).
Okolie also finished first in the triple jump (38-02). Chaylene Bruggeman made it a 1-2 finish for LBSU as she was the runner-up at 36-09.
Alexandra Cervantes led the throwers with a huge performance in the hammer. She topped her lifetime best by nearly 10 feet with a toss of 175-01. Cervantes placed second in the event and ranks third among Long Beach State's all-time leaders.
In the track events, Meghan Foley won the 800-meter in a lifetime-best 2:10.27, which ranks sixth in program history.
Kayla Goosby was fourth in the 100m with a time of 12.43 seconds, while Saedra Wright came in fifth in the 200m (25.37). Wright also had a fifth-place showing in the 400m (57.64), coming in right behind Jasmine Askew who clocked in at 57 seconds flat.
Taylor Lorack was third in the 400m hurdles (62.65). Her time was a lifetime-best and ranks 10th on the 49er all-time charts.
Amber Clark was LBSU's top finisher in the 100m hurdles as she took sixth in a season-best 14.94 seconds.
Askew, Wright, Nicole Poindexter and Lorack also crossed the finish line in 3:46.43 to rank ninth in school history in the 4x400 relay.
Long Beach State has a busy week ahead as it will compete in the Mt. SAC/California Multi-Events (April 17-18) and the Mt. SAC Relays (April 18-20), while also hosting the Beach Invitational (April 19-20) at Cerritos College.
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