May 11, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. - The Long Beach State track & field team began the 2012 Big West Championships Friday at Anteater Stadium in Irvine. After the first day of competition, the LBSU women are in third with 51 points, while the men are in fourth with 36 points.
Jessica Barnard led the way as she took top honors in the 3000m steeplechase. Barnard crossed the finish line in a meet and school-record 10:22.90.
Kayla Kamaka was the runner-up in the pole vault, clearing a personal-best 12-06.25, which ranks third on the 49er all-time charts. Kamaka matched the winning height but finished second on attempts. Carissa Culver and Amanda Klinchuch also scored as they tied for seventh at 11-00.75.
Rebecca Hamilton registered a season-best 122-04 in the javelin but finished one spot out of scoring position as she came in ninth.
Shakina Phillips had the fastest qualifying time in the 100-meter hurdles at 13.52. Phylicia Johnson (13.93) and Kiefer (14.04) also moved on as they placed fourth and sixth, respectively. Phillips' mark was a lifetime best and ranks second in program history.
Phillips and Kiefer also advanced to the finals in the 400m hurdles. Phillips was third overall at 60.15 seconds and Kiefer finished sixth at 61.99 seconds.
On the men's side, Jacob Weintraub was the runner-up in the shot put as he registered the fifth-best mark in school history at 59-02. Jacob Fraser also scored in the shot put, finishing seventh overall with a season-best 55-10.50.
Kevin Jenkins added a seventh-place showing in the high jump, clearing a season-best 6-05. Manny Neizer advanced to the finals of the long jump, but finished just outside of scoring position as he took ninth with a season-best 22-07.25.
In the track events, Jake Dawson scored in the 10000m, claiming fourth place with a mark of 31:37.75. Andrew Garcia (9:25.52) and Steven DeCastro (9:27.95) also put points on the board in the 3000m steeplechase as they took seventh and eighth, respectively.
Cameron Glasgow qualified for the finals with season bests in the preliminary rounds of both the 100m and 200m. He was sixth in the 100m (10.76) and second in the 200m (21.62). Elijah Landry-Zapien chipped in a season-best 21.73, which was the fourth-fastest 200m time of the afternoon.
Jahmani Lockett notched the top qualifying 400m time, clocking in with a season-best 47.93.
Christopher Lawson also advanced in both hurdle events as he finished second in the 110H (14.34) and the 400H (52.28). Koree Hines qualified in the 110m hurdles (14.41) and Sam Jeter moved on in the 400m hurdles (52.88).
In the 800m, Gabriel Hilbert was on the outside of the pack about halfway through the first lap when he was tripped up by another athlete who lost his footing. Hilbert picked himself up and still finished fourth in his heat at 1:58.54. Although he came in 15th overall, officials decided to advance him to the finals due to the circumstances. Hilbert had entered the race with a season-best 1:49.41, which ranks sixth in 49er history.
Long Beach State wraps up the Big West Championships at Anteater Stadium on Saturday, May 12. The field events are set to begin at 9 a.m., while the track events will start at 2 p.m.
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