May 5, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. - Long Beach State got off to a great start at the 2012 Big West Track & Field Championships as all six of its multi-event athletes put points on the board Saturday afternoon at Anteater Stadium.
The women's heptathletes combined for a conference-best 19 points, while the men's decathletes scored 11 points.
Sara Macey led the way with a runner-up finish in the heptathlon as she accumulated a lifetime-best 5,160 points, which ranks third in school history. Macey was second to the nation's heptathlon leader, Barbara Nwaba of UC Santa Barbara, who set a Big West Championship meet record with 5,709 points.
Kristen Kiefer placed fourth overall (4,985) and Phylicia Johnson took fifth (4,932). Wendy Izquierdo rounded out the quartet in seventh with 4,809 points, putting her at No. 9 on the 49er all-time charts.
Macey took fourth in the long jump (17-06.75), fifth in the 800m (2:25.46) and seventh in the javelin (109-10).
Kiefer was the top finisher in the 800m with a lifetime-best 2:19.21 and placed fifth in the long jump (17-04.75).
Johnson's best showing came in the long jump where she was the runner-up at 18-03.25. She added a personal-record 110-07 to come in sixth in the javelin. Izquierdo also had a fourth-place performance in the javelin with a season-best 120-00 and was sixth in the long jump (17-04.25).
Fox continued his consistency over the final five events as he was fourth in the javelin (144-06) and 1500m (4:48.96), fifth in the 110m hurdles (15.60) and pole vault (14-02.75) and sixth in the discus (102-11). He notched lifetime bests in the hurdles and the discus.
Horist moved up on the leaderboard with victories in the discus (135-01) and pole vault (15-02.75). He was also the runner-up in the javelin with a toss of 165-07 and finished fifth in the 1500m (4:51.83).
Long Beach State continues the Big West Championships next weekend with the main events at Anteater Stadium, May 11-12. After the heptathlon and decathlon, the women are currently in first place with 19 points and the men are second with 11 points.
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