Woodruff advances to NCAA Championships on first day of West Preliminaries
May 24, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Senior Ben Woodruff earned a trip to the NCAA Championships on the first day of the West Preliminary Round Thursday at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. The top 12 finishers in each event advance to the national championships in Des Moines, Iowa (June 6-9).
Woodruff punched his ticket to the NCAA Championships in the men's javelin with a toss of 232-04. His mark was good enough for a seventh-place finish. The Redondo Beach native continued his stellar season as he was recently named the Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Year after defending his title in the javelin at the conference championships. Woodruff also established a league and school record 243-02 at the Big West Challenge on April 15.
Christopher Lawson registered the second-fastest time in Heat 1 of the first round of the 400m hurdles (10th overall). He clocked in at 52.08 seconds to move on to the quarterfinals which will take place tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. (PT).
Jacob Weintraub was third in his flight in the shot put with a season-best 59-04.25, but he fell just short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships, coming in 13th overall. Weintraub was ranked 20th entering the West Preliminaries.
Gabriel Hilbert was unable to advance in the 800-meter run as he was 36th overall (1:51.96).
On the women's side, Phylicia Johnson notched a season-best 19-06 in the long jump. She bettered her No. 44 ranking by 19 spots as she placed 25th overall.
Shakina Phillips, who entered the meet ranked 40th in the West Region, finished two spots shy of qualifying for the 400m hurdle quarterfinals. Phillips was seventh in her heat and 29th overall with a time of 60.58 seconds.
Rosa Del Toro also placed eighth in her heat and 30th overall in the 1500m, crossing the finish line in 4:33.67. Del Toro came in five spots ahead of her ranking heading into the meet.
Long Beach State returns to Mike A. Myers Stadium on Friday, May 25, as it continues action at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.