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Women's Track And Field Claims First Ever Big West Championship

May 12, 2018

Final Results

Northridge, Calif. - A women's relay sweep bookended a historic day for the Long Beach State women's track and field program, who won their first ever Big West Championship by two points over UC Santa Barbara 122 to 120.

It was an exciting push to the finish as Long Beach State trailed with two events remaining, but scored 10 points in the high jump and won the 4x400m relay to push past the Gauchos.

The men's program also had a great day, finishing in second place behind Cal State Fullerton as both programs finished in the top two for the first time.

Long Beach State's women's sprinters started the day off with a record-setting performance, breaking the school record for the second time this season in the 4x100m relay, winning the event with a time of 44.63 to break the record the group set earlier this year in Sacramento.

 

 

That was just the start of a big day for the women's sprinters, who claimed two more wins in the sprints. Courtne' Davis won the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.73, while Ashleigh Chambers finished in fourth and Azaria Hill took fifth place with a new best of 24:30. All three also scored in the 100 meter dash, taking second, third and fourth in the same order.

Anaya Alexander won the 400-meter dash with a new PR of 53.79 seconds, becoming just the second runner in Long Beach State history to break 54 seconds, and the first in 36 years since Faye Paige in 1982. Shyann Reynolds finished in third place in another strong event for the Beach.

In the 400m hurdles, Shalee Reynolds took second place with a PR of 59.02, while Hollie Harris took eighth place for a point for the women. Elijah McDonald grabbed three points with a sixth place finish in the 100m hurdles, and freshman Taylor Owen finished in eighth place in the 1500m.

In the field, Bria Palmer had a podium finish in the high jump, finishing third with a season high jump of 1.76m, while Diana Acholonu came through with a 1.71m clearance to take fifth place.

Erykah McNairy finished in fifth place in the hammer with a toss of 52.01, while Crystal Rodriguez also picked up points in the event, while Allison Foster finished in eighth place in the triple jump with a season-high 11.76m jump.

Finally, the Reynolds sisters, Hill and Alexander closed out the meet with a relay time of 4:30.74, winning by nearly three full seconds to capture the win.

Out on the track for the men, Kent Harris had a big day, winning the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.38, and took second place in the 100m with a run of 10.59 along with both relays.

The men's biggest point total on the day came in the 400m, as Daniel York-Mouton finished in second place with a PR of 46.82, while Kemonie Briggs took third after running a career-best 46.93, and Isaiah Johnson nabbed a sixth place finish, giving the Beach 17 points in the event.

Braeden Kraft ran a career-best 1:52.89 in the 800m run, finishing in sixth place, picking up points as did Devon Alvarado with an eighth place finish in the 110m hurdles.

In the pole vault, Michael Magula and Dustin Wet both cleared 16 feet in a PR for Magula, as the two finished in third and fourth place respectively, while Cole Hicks earned a point in the event. Jason Smith and Blair Robinson also both picked up points, finishing fifth and sixth in the triple jump.

For the throwers, Jeffery Pulcher took seventh place in the javelin with a throw of 53.30m, while Josh Carr placed fifth and Nico Hudson took eighth in the discus.

In two weeks, qualifying athletes will participate in the NCAA West Regionals from May 24 to May 26 in Sacramento.

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