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Long Beach State's Long Jumpers Open NCAA Competition

June 6, 2018

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Eugene, Ore. - Senior Sal Nasser and sophomore Jason Smith were the first two Long Beach State student-athletes to compete at the Track and Field National Championships, with both earning Honorable Mention All-America honors.

Nasser was the top finisher of the pair, claiming 18th place with a jump of 7.48 meters, while Smith took 20th with a jump of 7.42 meters.

"I'm so proud of what they've done," said Andy Sythe. "The results today don't overshadow the pride that we have for them to come be on this stage and represent Long Beach State and be one of four schools to have two jumpers here."

"It was crazy," said Nasser after his final collegiate competition. "There's nowhere else to end your career. If you didn't end it here, you didn't end it on a high note. I'm so happy I could do that."

Smith was named the Big West Field Athlete of the Year after a tremendous season, earning All-Big West honors in both the high jump and long jump. Smith also qualified for the West Prelims in two events before recording his season high of 7.77m in Sacramento.

Nasser reached the NCAA Championships after a career best jump of 7.70 meters in the West Prelims in Sacramento in his final season at the Beach.

With two competitors in the NCAA Championship in the Long Jump, Nasser's and Smith's accomplishment marked the first time two individuals from the Beach qualified in the same event for the first time since 2010.

Long Beach State has four more student-athletes competing at the 2018 NCAA Championships, as Ashleigh Chambers, Courtne' Davis, Madison Golden, and Azaria Hill will run in the 4x100m relay. The semifinals open up the track competition on Friday and will be televised live on ESPN2.



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