LBSU Opens Outdoor Season with UCLA Dual at Jack Rose Track
The Long Beach State track and field team kicks off the outdoor season on Saturday, March 4 at 12 noon when the Beach host the UCLA Dual at Jack Rose Track. The two programs have agreed to a home and home meet, and LBSU gets things started hosting the event this year and next.
"This is the first time in my 29-year career we are competing in a dual meet," Long Beach State head coach Andy Sythe said. "This friendly competition allows us to work on some things without the high-pressure. At the end of the day, it is a scored meet and there will be a victor, so we definitely will be out to compete. Our goal is to have a friendly competition as we help develop student-athletes, while putting on a great competition. We expect it to be very exciting and challenging."
Schedule of Events
The LBSU-UCLA Dual will begin at 12 noon with the women's pole vault kicking off the field events and the women's 4x100-meter relay headlining the track events. The last event of the day will take place on the track at 3:25 p.m. as the men's 4x400-meter relay team wraps up the competition.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary
In conjunction with the Dual meet, Long Beach State will recognize the 1967 National Championship men's track and field team which earned the school's first-ever NCAA title. Fifty years ago, the Beach men's track & field team was competing in the NCAA College Division Championships and tallied 77 points, more than doubling the point total of the second place finisher, to win the National Championship. The Beach dominated the NCAA Championship meet winning the shot put, 120-yard hurdles and the high jump. This Saturday, at 3:05 p.m., Long Beach State will recognize the members of the 1967 National Championship team who first put LBSU on the map.
The 1967 team was led by head coaches Dick Reese and Jack Rose, along with assistant coach Jim Richardson. That team went on to produce 12 national qualifiers, 10 NCAA All-Americans, nine individual top three finishers, and three individual NCAA Champions.
The Outdoor Schedule
This season, Long Beach State will host four different events at Jack Rose Track beginning with the LBSU-UCLA Dual Meet on March 4. After hitting the road for the rest of the month of March, the Beach return home to host the Big West Challenge on Friday, April 7, followed by the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate on Thursday, April 13, and the Beach Invitational from Friday, April 14 through Satruday, April 15.
In addition to hosting some of the top competition in the country, Long Beach State will also be traveling to highly competitive meets and going up against some of the best teams in the nation. LBSU will see action at the USC Trojan Invite and the Baldy Castillo Invitational - two of the top Pac-12 hosted meets in the country. The Beach will also head to the state of Texas to compete at the Texas Relays and the Texas State Bobcat Invitational.
"We have a number of meets on our schedule against Pac-12 opponents," Sythe said. "Competition and facilities against quality opponents and in quality facilities are key to us building a very competitive schedule."
About Long Beach State
The Beach will send some of their top competitors to face UCLA on Saturday as senior James Hubbard, who just qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, will lead the way. Hubbard will focus mostly on the discus, an event in which he ranks seventh all-time at Long Beach State (190-02). He is also the record holder in the shot put with a mark of 46-03.25.
Kemonie Briggs will also see action this weekend in the long jump, 200-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay. The Long Beach, Calif., native is the school record holder in the 200-meter dash after running the event in 21.31. He also set the standard in the long jump with a mark of 25.00-75.
On the women's side, Riley Cooks will compete in the 200-meter dash, 4x100-meter relay and the shot put. The senior owns the school record in the shot put with a heave of 41-04.25, while ranking seventh all-time in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.01.
"This will be a good meet for us to get out and shake off the cobwebs and hopefully have some top performances," Sythe explained.
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