49er men win fifth-straight Big West Challenge title, women finish second
Ben Woodruff won the javelin with a school and conference record 243-02
April 15, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. - The Long Beach State men's track and field team won its fifth-straight Big West Challenge team title, while the women took second Sunday at Titan Track Complex.
The 49er men finished ahead of the pack with 222 points and the women compiled 172 points to come in behind UC Santa Barbara (212.5).
LBSU posted nine individual victories on the men's side. Ben Woodruff won the javelin with a school and conference record 243-02. He topped his previous lifetime best, which he established earlier this year at the Cal-Nevada Championships, by over seven feet.
Tyler Wallace cleared a season-high 17-00.75 to claim the pole vault title and Michael Vaughan won the triple jump with a leap of 48-00.50. Neizer was also third in the triple jump (46-08), while Josh Villalobos took third in the hammer throw with a season-long 181-07.
On the track, Elijah Landry-Zapien finished ahead of the pack in the 200m with a season-best 21.76. He was also the runner-up in the 100m (10.72).
Gabriel Hilbert had a second-place showing in the 800m (1:51.27) and Andrew Garcia added a runner-up performance in the 3000m steeplechase.
The women totaled four individual victories on the day. Emily Cooper won the 100m with the ninth-fastest time in school history as she crossed the finish line in 12 seconds flat. She was also the runner-up in the 200m at 24.46 seconds to rank 10th on the 49er all-time charts.
Jessica Barnard finished second in the 800m with a personal-record 2:10.22, ranking her fifth on the school's all-time list. Also bringing home third-place showings were Phylicia Johnson in the 100m hurdles (14.09) and Saedra Wright in the 400m (57.11).
In the field events, Kayla Kamaka led the way as she was the top performer in the pole vault at 12-05.50. Her mark was a lifetime best and ties her for third in school history. Carissa Culver came in third at 11-05.75.
Long Beach State has a busy week ahead as it hosts the annual Beach Invitational, April 20-21, while also heading to the Mt. SAC/California Multi-Events (April 18-19) and the Mt. SAC Relays (April 19-21).
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