49ers kick off 2012 indoor track and field season at Run for the Dream meet in Fresno
Jan. 19, 2012
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State track and field team kicks off the 2012 indoor season at the Run for the Dream meet in Fresno on Friday, Jan. 20. The meet gets underway at 1 p.m. in the Save Mart Center.
RUN FOR THE DREAM
The field events, which will be held at the Livestock Pavilion, start with the men's triple jump at 12:30 p.m. and end with the men's high jump at 5 p.m.
A LOOK BACK AT 2011
Seventeen 49ers produced 23 all-conference honors with seven individual champions. Three athletes also went on to garner All-America status at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Senior Phylicia Johnson looks to lead the women after winning the 2011 Big West title in the long jump and finishing fifth in the 100-meter hurdles. Seniors Kristen Kiefer and Shakina Phillips will add experience in the hurdles. Phillips was an All-Big West performer in both hurdle events last year, while Kiefer earned all-conference honors in 2008. All three individuals rank among LBSU's all-time top 10 in the indoor 60-meter hurdles.
The 49er women will also be strong in the high jump with the return of senior Katrina Graves-Johnson. Graves-Johnson is a two-time NCAA West Preliminary qualifier and earned All-Big West honors with a runner-up finish at the conference meet last year. She currently ranks seventh in indoor school history at 5-07. The 49ers also welcome back Stephanie Armstrong, Janelle Coulter and Sara Macey.
Senior Rosa Del Toro looks to anchor the distance runners as she is coming off a stellar cross country campaign that culminated in her winning Long Beach State's first-ever Big West individual title. She also earned all-conference honors in the 1500-meter run during the 2011 track season and clocked in with the second-fastest indoor 3000m time in school history at 9:42.46.