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Long Beach State Finishes Pacific Coast Intercollegiate In First Of Two Home Meets

April 19, 2018

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Long Beach, Calif. - After some early rains, the weather cleared up for a beautiful day of action at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate, as Long Beach State hosted the first of three days of Track and Field at Jack Rose Track.

On a day that featured many great performances, the pole vault leaders stood out with great efforts. Kristen Brown set the meet record by clearing 4.45 meters (14-07.25) and challenged at 15 feet, while NCAA leader Chris Nilson of South Dakota cleared 5.65 meters and challenged 19 feet.

Elijah McDonald had the mark of the day for Long Beach State, placing seventh in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.77, tied for the fifth-best time in school history in the event. Erin McGuire also set a personal best in a good event Thursday for the Beach.

In the discus, LBSU alum Jason Harrell won the event by throwing 59.79 meters, while Josh Car finished in 10th place overall with a toss of 52.05 meters.

For the men's jumpers, Jason Smith had a top-five finish after clearing 2.02 meters in the high jump, while Ricky Ellis, competing in a new event, took sixth place in the triple jump and qualified for the Big West Conference Championship with a mark of 13.91 meters. In the women's high jump, Diana Acholonu set a season-best and was the top finisher for the 49ers in the event.

Long Beach State's decathletes participated in a number of events, with Jackson Potter setting PRs in both the 400-meter dash and the shot put, and Cole Hicks set a new best in the shot put as well.

The main event begins tomorrow, however, as the 24th Beach Invitational presented by Beynon starts at 8:30 a.m. and runs through the end of the day Saturday, featuring over 2,300 athletes over the two days.



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