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Big West Champions! 49er Men Win Second Conference Title in Three Years

Senior Gabe Hilbert won the 800m in a lifetime-best 1:48.99 to help the 49er men to the Big West title.

May 11, 2013

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NORTHRIDGE - The Long Beach State men's track & field team claimed the Big West title on the final day of the conference championships at Matador Track & Field Complex.

LBSU scored 176.5 points to finish with a comfortable 24.5-point lead over UC Santa Barbara (152). It was the 49ers' second Big West championship in three years, and their third title that has been won in Northridge (2006, 2008).

"Coming off a second-place finish to a really good UC Santa Barbara team last year, we have wanted and worked for this since then," LBSU head coach Andy Sythe said. "With a young team, it took a lot of leadership from our returners to develop this group, and our new guys also played a big role. It was a nice combination of both groups doing their job."

"Our game plan was to attack and score in every event," Sythe added. "We wanted to have a balanced effort and everything went as planned. So, hats off to our athletes for doing what they needed to do and to my staff for preparing them."

Josh Villalobos began the day with a lifetime-best 193-04 to take top honors in the hammer. Joel Baez (4th), Kody Robison (5th) and Chris Yates (7th) also scored in the event.

In addition, Yates was the runner-up in the shot put with a toss of 57-06.25. Jacob Fraser added a fourth-place showing (54-10), and Robison finished seventh with a season-best 51-11.

Willie Alexander was second in the triple jump, registering a personal-record 52-02.75, which ties him for sixth in school history. Michael Vaughan also scored as he came in fifth overall (49-07).

On the track, the 4x100 relay team kicked things off with a runner-up performance. Koree Hines, Dylan McCloskey, Elijah Landry-Zapien and Cameron Glasgow combined for a season-best 41.02.

In the 110m hurdle finals, Davon Wilson-Angel led a quartet of 49ers as he ran a personal-best 13.98 to claim the title. Wilson-Angel's mark is tied for third on the LBSU all-time charts. Devin Hickey also had a lifetime-best 14.20 to finish second, while Koree Hines came in fourth (14.31) and Garrett Demirjian was sixth (14.67). Hickey's time is tied for ninth in program history, while Demirjian established a personal record.

Gabe Hilbert was the 800-meter champion, crossing the finish line in a lifetime-best 1:48.99. He moved up two spots to No. 4 on the program's all-time list.

Both Glasgow (46.82) and McCloskey (47.48) clocked in with personal bests to finish second and third, respectively, in the 400m. Jahmani Lockett (48.07) and Michael Perez-Rogers (48.72), who was battling a hamstring injury, also scored as they finished among the top-eight.

Chris Enriquez led Long Beach State in the 5000-meter run, coming in fourth with a time of 15:05.38.

Landry-Zapien also scored in the 100m (10.97), while Glasgow (21.67) and McCloskey (22.21) added points in the 200m.

With the title already secured, the quartet of McCloskey, Hilbert, Lockett and Glasgow established a season-best 3:12.22 to finish third in the 4x400 relay.

The Long Beach State women accumulated 75 points to place fifth in the team competition.

"We definitely beat our ranking going in to this meet," Sythe said. "We picked up about 20 points over where we were predicted to finish and our women had to do it short-handed."

In the field events, Goziam Okolie had a season-best 39-07, which ranks eighth in school history, in the triple jump where she finished sixth overall. Linda Rueff was seventh in the discus (147-10), while Amanda Klinchuch chipped in a point with an eighth-place showing in the pole vault (11-11.75).

Emily Cooper, Kayla Goosby, Saedra Wright and Jasmine Askew got things started on the track, running the third-fastest 4x400 time in school history to finish fourth.

Meghan Foley (4:31.96) and Alexis Trujillo (4:40.37) both scored in the 1500m, coming in fourth and eighth, respectively. Foley was also fifth in the 800m with a personal-best 2:08.84. She now ranks third in program history.

Saedra Wright clocked in with a personal-record 55.02 to place sixth in the 400m, while Jasmine Askew wasn't far behind in seventh (55.71).

Emily Cooper scored in both the 100m (11.76, 6th) and 200m (23.95, 5th). Her mark in the 100m was a lifetime best and ranks fourth on the 49er all-time charts.

Hillary Zator took fifth in the 5000m with a time of 17:44.13 and Nina Moore also scored, placing eighth overall (17:55.94).

The 4x400 relay team of Askew, Cooper, Wright and Taylor Lorack closed out the day with a third-place finish and a school-record 3:41.24.

Big West Championships
Northridge, Calif.

Men's Team Results
1. Long Beach State (176.5)
2. UC Santa Barbara (152)
3. Cal Poly (146)
4. Cal State Northridge (115.5)
5. UC Riverside (70)
6. UC Irvine (58)
7. Cal State Fullerton (56.5)
8. UC Davis (37.5)

Women's Team Results
1. UC Davis (172.5)
2. UC Santa Barbara (128.5)
3. Cal State Northridge (127)
4. Hawai'i (76.5)
5. Long Beach State (75)
6. Cal Poly (71.5)
7. UC Riverside (65.5)
8. UC Irvine (57)
9. Cal State Fullerton (45.5)



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