Sophomore Emily Cooper will be looking to defend her 60m title at the Air Force Team Challenge this weekend.
Feb. 7, 2013
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State indoor track & field team is back in action this weekend as it will send a split squad to the Husky Classic (Feb. 8-9) in Seattle, Wash., and the Air Force Team Challenge (Feb. 9), in USAF Academy, Colo.
The Husky Classic is slated for Friday and Saturday at Dempsey Indoor on the campus of the University of Washington. The 49ers have seven athletes entered in eight different events over the two-day meet. Matt Maldonado will be looking to top his school-record 3:59.08 in the mile, while Rosa Del Toro, who bettered her own program record in the women's 3000m two weeks ago, will take part in the 5000m run. In addition, Michelle Thompson (5000m), Meghan Foley (800m, Mile), Jake Dawson (5000m), Chris Enriquez (3000m) and Gabe Hilbert (800m) will represent Long Beach State.
AIR FORCE TEAM CHALLENGE
Long Beach State will join seven other teams, including ranked foes BYU (No. 19 men) and Wichita State (No. 23 women), in the Air Force Team Challenge Saturday at Cadet Field House. Also entered in the all-Division I scored meet are host Air Force, Colorado, Colorado State, Northern Colorado and Wyoming. The field events get underway with the women's weight throw at 8:30 a.m., while the track events start with the women's 60m hurdles at 11 a.m. As of Thursday, the 49ers had 36 athletes entered in 21 events, including the men's and women's 4x400.
LBSU has competed in the Air Force Team Challenge (formerly Don Barrett Duals) in each of the last two years. In 2012, the men finished fourth and the women placed fifth. Jahmani Lockett (men's 400m) and Emily Cooper (women's 60m) both claimed the individual title in their respective events last year.
MORE ON MATT
Senior Matt Maldonado is back in action following a record-breaking campaign in 2012. Last year, Maldonado earned second-team indoor All-America honors and was the MPSF champion in the mile run. At the MPSF meet, Maldonado clocked in at 3:59.08, topping his own school record for the third time to become the first 49er in program history to run a sub-four mile. During the outdoor season, the Modesto, Calif., native utilized his redshirt season, but competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials where he advanced to the 1500m semifinals with a school-record 3:41.93.
DEL TORO'S LAST STAND
Senior Rosa Del Toro, who has one season of indoor eligibility remaining, is already the most decorated athlete in program history with five school records to her name. She owns the top indoor times in the mile (4:50.75) and 3000m (9:22.08), and ran an LBSU outdoor-best 4:24.97 in the 1500m last year. She also notched school records in the 5K (17:09.8) and 6K (20:27) during the 2011 cross country season.
Long Beach State heads north to Fresno, Calif., next weekend for the Run for the Dream Meet on Sunday, Feb. 17.
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