May 4, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. - Seniors Phylicia Johnson and Sara Macey led the Long Beach State track & field team on the first day of the Big West Championships at Anteater Stadium as they are both on school-record pace in the heptathlon.
Johnson racked up 3,217 points to come in behind the nation's heptathlon leader Barbara Nwaba of UC Santa Barbara. Macey is third with 3,210 points, while Kristen Kiefer (3,024) and Wendy Izquierdo (3,022) are currently sixth and seventh, respectively.
Johnson posted three top-five finishes in the first four events. She was the runner-up in the shot put (41-01.75), third in the 100-meter hurdles (14.15) and third in the 200m with a lifetime-best 25.53. Johnson added a sixth-place showing in the high jump (5-02.50).
Macey registered a personal record in all four events. Her biggest performance of the afternoon came in the high jump where she cleared 5-08.50 to take third. That mark ties her for 33rd in the West Region, putting her in contention for a bid to the NCAA West Preliminaries. She was also fourth in the 100m hurdles (14.27), sixth in the shot put (36-05.50) and seventh in the 200m (26.38).
Kiefer had second-place finishes in the 100m hurdles (14.09) and the 200m (25.20). She added a lifetime-best 31-04 in the shot put.
Izquierdo was consistent throughout the day, placing among the top seven in each event. Her top performance was in the shot put where she had a season-long 38-04.25 to come in third.
Dillon Fox closed out the first day of the men's decathlon with 3,485 points, while Mark Horist (3,296) is in ninth. Fox compiled 195 more points than he did after the first day of the 2011 Big West Championships.
Fox tied for second in the 400m, crossing the finish line in a lifetime-best 51.23 seconds. He added personal records in the long jump (22-03) where he came in third and in the 100m (11.29) where he placed fourth. Fox also tied for third in the high jump at 6-00.50.
Horist's top performance of the day came in the long jump as he took fourth with a personal-best 21-08. He also tied for sixth in the high jump (6-00.50) and ran a lifetime-best 11.61 to finish eighth in the 100m.
Long Beach State closes out the heptathlon and decathlon beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, at Anteater Stadium. The women will compete in the long jump, javelin and 800m, while the men take on the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500m.
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