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LBSU travels to Seattle for final tune-up before MPSF Indoor Championships

Senior Phylicia Johnson owns the indoor school record in the 60m hurdles and ranks second in 49er history in the long jump.

Feb. 8, 2012

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LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State track and field team will travel to Seattle, Wash., this weekend for its final tune-up before the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships. The 49ers are set to compete in the Flotrak Husky Classic, Feb. 10-11, and the UW Open Meet on Feb. 12, at Dempsey Indoor.

The Flotrak Husky Classic begins on Friday, Feb. 10, with the 200m, 5000m, distance medley relay and Section 1 of the pole vault. The 200m is slated as the first event of the evening with a 4 p.m. start time. On Saturday, competition gets underway at 9 a.m. with the women's 60m hurdle prelims and the women's high jump.

Long Beach State has 18 athletes entered in 19 events at the Husky Classic. Rosa Del Toro, who established a school record in the mile two weekends ago at the UW Invitational, is set to compete in the 3000m. Matt Maldonado (mile) and Phylicia Johnson (60m hurdles) will also be looking to improve their own 49er indoor records in their respective events.

The UW Open Meet features 30 events that will run all day on Sunday, Feb. 12. The field events start with the long jump at 9 a.m. and end with the triple jump at noon. Over on the track, the women's 60m hurdles kick things off in the morning, while the men's 4x400m relay is the last competition of the day at 4:30 p.m.

Long Beach State has seen much success in its first three meets of the season. In their opener at the Run for the Dream meet in Fresno, the 49ers had 23 top-five finishes, including five first-place performances. Jacob Weintraub won the men's shot put with a meet-record and career-long 58-09.25. Manny Nezier took top honors in the long jump (22-04.25), while Bryce Van Boxtel came in ahead of the pack in the 600-yard run (76.45). On the women's side, Katrina Graves-Johnson matched her lifetime-best in the high jump, clearing 5-08 to win the event. Phylicia Johnson was also victorious in the long jump with a leap of 18-08.

LBSU also claimed six individual titles at the Air Force Team Challenge, as Jahmani Lockett (400m), Tyler Wallace (pole vault), Jacob Weintraub (shot put), Emily Cooper (60m), Phylicia Johnson (60m hurdles) and Katrina Graves-Johnson (high jump) all won their respective events. At the UW Invitational, Long Beach State established three school records and posted four other marks that cracked the 49er all-time list.

Overall, the 49ers have made 27 additions, including four school records, to the program's indoor top-10 list. The women's distance medley relay squad of Rosa Del Toro, Chelsea Hairanian, Catherine Martinez and Jessica Barnard established LBSU's top mark of 11:48.81 at the UW Invitational. At the same meet, Del Toro crossed the finish line in a school-record 4:50.75 in the mile run, while Matt Maldonado bettered his own mile record with a mark of 4:03.39. During the first weekend of the season, Phylicia Johnson also beat her own school record in the 60-meter hurdles by 0.21 seconds as she clocked in at 8.48 at the Run for the Dream meet.

Also among the top five in program history are Emily Cooper (3rd, 60m), Kristen Kiefer (4th, 60m hurdles), Katrina Graves-Johnson (T4th, high jump), Jacob Weintraub (2nd, shot put), Koree Hines (3rd, 60m hurdles), Manny Neizer (4th, triple jump) and Tyler Wallace (5th, pole vault).

Long Beach State will head back to Seattle, Wash., for the MPSF Indoor Championships, Feb. 24-25. Thirteen of the West's top track & field programs from the Big West, Pac-12 and West Coast Conferences participate in the meet at Dempsey Indoor.



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