Feb. 21, 2013
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State track & field team will make its way back to Dempsey Indoor in Seattle, Wash., this weekend for the 2013 MPSF Indoor Championships, Feb. 22-23.
The 2013 MPSF Indoor Track & Field Championships features 15 universities, a group comprised of members from the Pac-12, Big West and West Coast Conferences. A total of 27 teams will vie for the conference title with 15 on the women's side and 12 on the men's side. A handful of squads are nationally ranked as the Oregon women are second, Arizona State is eighth, Arizona is 11th and Stanford is 16th. The Oregon men also enter the meet ranked 11th, followed by Arizona State (13th) and Arizona (14th).
The two-day competition gets underway on Friday with the women's weight throw at noon, and concludes with the men's 4x400 relay at 2:40 p.m. on Saturday. The 49ers have 30 athletes (16 men, 14 women) entered in 26 different events. Leading the way will be seniors Rosa Del Toro (5000m), Sara Macey (pentathlon, high jump) and Matt Maldonado (mile).
DEL TORO'S LAST STAND
Senior Rosa Del Toro, who is in the midst of her final indoor season, is already the most decorated athlete in program history with six school records to her name. She owns the top indoor times in the mile (4:50.75), 3000m (9:22.08), and 5000m (16:23.15), 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.
MACEY MAKES HER MARK
Senior Sara Macey is also wrapping up her collegiate eligibility with the 2013 indoor campaign. Macey will be competing in the pentathlon and the high jump at the MPSF Indoor Championships. Last week, she established the eighth-best mark in school history in the 60m hurdles. Macey was also an All-Big West performer during the 2012 outdoor season as she finished third in the heptathlon with a lifetime-best 5,160 points. In addition, she advanced to the NCAA West Preliminaries in the high jump.
MALDONADO LOOKS TO DEFEND
Senior Matt Maldonado will be looking to defend his MPSF title in the mile run. Last year, Maldonado won the event in a lifetime-best 3:59.08, topping his own school record for the third time and becoming the first 49er in program history to run a sub-four mile. Maldonado went on to earn second-team All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
ALEXANDER MAKES IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Freshman Willie Alexander wasted no time in establishing himself at Long Beach State as he registered an indoor school-record 24-11.25 to win the long jump in his collegiate debut at the Air Force Team Challenge on Feb. 9. Alexander also placed fourth in the triple jump where his mark ranks seventh in program history (48-03.25).
In addition to the school records established by Rosa Del Toro (3000m, 5000m) and Willie Alexander (Long Jump) this year, Long Beach State has had 19 other athletes post 22 marks that rank among the all-time top-10 in indoor program history.
Long Beach State kicks off the outdoor season next weekend by hosting the Beach Classic, March 1-2, at Cerritos College in Norwalk.
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