April 22, 2012
NORWALK, Calif. - The Long Beach State track & field team hosted the annual Beach Invitational Friday and Saturday at Cerritos College.
The meet drew over 3,400 athletes and spectators with 32 different states and four countries represented, making it one of the largest home meets in school history. The athletes didn't disappoint as there were 19 marks which topped the meet record.
The 49ers put forth a number of strong performances with three individual victories and a handful of personal and season bests.
Ben Woodruff continued his dominance in the javelin, winning the event with a meet record 234-05. The three-time Big West Field Athlete of the Week has surpassed 230 feet and finished at the top of the leaderboard in every meet he has competed in this season.
Christopher Lawson claimed the 400-meter hurdle title in 51.81 seconds. He also registered a personal-record 14.14 in the 110m hurdles, while teammate Koree Hines won the event with a lifetime-best 14.06. They now rank fourth and seventh, respectively, on the LBSU all-time charts.
Cameron Glasgow was Long Beach State's top finisher in both the 100m and 200m. He was 20th overall in the 200m with a season-best 21.75 seconds and also notched a season-best 10.77 in the 100m to place 23rd overall. Elijah Landry-Zapien wasn't far behind in the 200m, crossing the finish line in 21.82 seconds (23rd).
In the field events, Tyler Wallace was the top collegiate finisher and third overall in the pole vault, clearing 17-03.50. Jacob Weintraub added a pair of top 10 performances coming in fifth in the shot put (56-10.75) and sixth in the discus (178-02). His mark in the discus was a season best.
On the women's side, Jessica Barnard clocked in with a lifetime-best 10:32.12 to finish second overall in the 3000m steeplechase. Her time ranks second in program history.
Emily Cooper and Kayla Goosby tied for fifth in the 100m dash as they both registered a personal-record 11.96. The duo is now tied for eighth on the 49er all-time charts. Cooper was also Long Beach State's top performer in the 200m at 24.82 seconds.
Rosa Del Toro ran the 10th-fastest time in school history in just her second 800m race of the season. She was fifth in her heat and 32nd overall with a lifetime-best 2:13.23.
Sara Macey posted a season-best 14.35 in the 100m hurdles to win her section (22nd overall). Amber Clark (14.50) and Aiyana Welsh (14.65) also had season bests, while Phylicia Johnson had LBSU's best time of the day at 14.16 (16th overall).
Macey (5-07.25) and Johnson (5-03.25) chipped in season bests in the high jump to win their respective flights. Macey was fourth overall.
Johnson added a third-place showing in the long jump with a season-best 19-03.25. Macey (17-08.75) and Ritia Bruce (17-04.75) also registered season bests.
On Friday, Gabriel Hilbert competed in the 800m at the Mt. SAC Relays, where he finished 39th with a time of 1:51.45.
Long Beach State returns to action next weekend when it heads south for the UCSD Triton Invitational (April 27-28) in La Jolla, and the Steve Scott Invitational (April 28-29) in Irvine.
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