Long Beach State Continues Competition on Day 2 at NCAA West Regionals
The Beach sent seven athletes into action on the second day of the meet
AUSTIN – The Long Beach State track and field team continued its action on the second day of the NCAA West Regional Championships in Austin, Texas.
On Friday, three Beach student-athletes hit the track while four competed on the field. A trio of 49ers nearly reset their own personal-records, while all seven finished in the top 40 in their respective events.
In the field, senior Paul Thenard led the way as he placed 31st in the men’s pole vault. His clearance of 5.00m (16’4.75”) was the top mark among Long Beach State competitors in the event. He was the top finisher in the Big West.
Thenard led a total of three 49ers who finished tied for 36th and 40th in the pole vault. Senior Xander Cooper, who was the Beach’s top finisher during the regular season, earned a 36th-place finish to tie with Bailey Henderson of Sam Houston State after tallying a mark of 4.85m (15’11”).
Senior Bo Haddock rounded out the 49ers competitors in the pole vault as he tied for 40th place with Washington’s Zachary Shugart with a clearance of 4.85m (15’11”).
Sophomore Bria Palmer was the only female 49er to see action in the field on day two as she competed in the women’s high jump. She ended up in a three-way for 37th with Sashane Hanson of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Rechelle Meade of Idaho after recording a mark of 1.69m (5’6.5”).
On the track, Long Beach State performed well with three efforts coming just shy of new personal-best times.
Senior Riley Cooks got the day started on the track in the 100-meter hurdles were she placed 35th with a time of 13.68 which was just .16 seconds short of her personal-best time which ranks second all-time at Long Beach State.
Ashleigh Chambers, a junior sprinter, was the Beach’s representative in the 200-meter dash where she placed 38th with a time of 24.10. The time was .48 seconds shy of her lifetime best of 23.62 which ranks her fifth in the Long Beach State record book.
Finally, freshman Koty Burton made his NCAA West Regional debut on the track in the men’s 110-meter hurdles where he placed 39th with a time of 14.59. His time was .32 seconds off of his career-best time. He was also the top-finishing freshman in the Big West in the event.
Long Beach State will be back in action on the final day of the NCAA West Regional Championships on Saturday, May 27. The Beach will compete in the field with James Hubbard in the discus at 1 p.m. (CT), Vincent Calhoun in the high jump at 6 p.m. (CT), and Jasmine Bass in the triple jump which will also take place at 6 p.m. (CT).
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