Long Beach State set for MPSF Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend
Feb. 23, 2012
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State track and field team makes its way back to Seattle, Wash., this weekend for the 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships, Feb. 24-25.
The 49ers will be in familiar territory as they were previously in Seattle for the UW Invitational (Jan. 27-28), Flotrack Husky Classic (Feb. 10-11) and the UW Open Meet (Feb. 12).
A GLANCE AT THE MPSF INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Thirteen of the West's top track & field programs participate in the MPSF Indoor Championships. The group is comprised of members of the Big West, Pac-12, and West Coast Conferences.
AND THEY'RE OFF
LBSU claimed six individual titles at the Air Force Team Challenge on Jan. 28, with Jahmani Lockett (400m), Tyler Wallace (Pole Vault), Jacob Weintraub (Shot Put), Emily Cooper (60m), Phylicia Johnson (60m Hurdles) and Katrina Graves-Johnson (High Jump) finishing ahead of the pack in their events. At the UW Invitational (Jan. 27-28), Long Beach State also established three school records and posted four other marks that cracked the 49er all-time top 10 list.
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 cleared 5-08 to win the high jump. Phylicia Johnson was also victorious in the long jump with a leap of 18-08.
The women's distance medley relay squad of Rosa Del Toro, Chelsea Hairanian, Catherine Martinez and Jessica Barnard registered Long Beach State's top mark of 11:48.81 at the UW Invitational. Del Toro also crossed the finish line in a school-record 4:50.75 in the mile run, while Matt Maldonado beat his own mile record with a mark of 4:03.39. During the first weekend of the season, Phylicia Johnson also topped 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 cracking the the program's top five this year are Kristen Kiefer (2nd, Long Jump), Jessica Barnard (2nd, 800m), Emily Cooper (T3rd, 60m), Kiefer (4th, 60m hurdles), Jacob Weintraub (2nd, Shot Put), Koree Hines (2nd, 60m Hurdles), Manny Neizer (4th, Triple Jump), Gabe Hilbert (5th, Mile Run) and Tyler Wallace (5th, Pole Vault).