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LBSU Track & Field Kicks Off Outdoor Season at Riverside City College Quad Meet
Sophomore All-American Willie Alexander will compete in the long jump and triple jump at the RCC Quad Meet on Saturday.

Sophomore All-American Willie Alexander will compete in the long jump and triple jump at the RCC Quad Meet on Saturday.

March 7, 2014

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LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State track & field team kicks off the outdoor season this weekend as it travels to the Inland Empire for the Riverside City College Quad Meet on Saturday, March 8.

Long Beach State will send 64 athletes (36 men, 28 women) to Riverside on Saturday, March 8, for a quadrangular meet featuring LBSU, Cal State Fullerton, Pepperdine and host Riverside City College. The 49ers open the competition with the hammer throw at 10 a.m., while the track events are set to begin with the women's 4x100 relay at 2 p.m.

Sophomore Willie Alexander will be looking to build off a remarkable freshman campaign when he competes in the long jump and triple jump this Saturday. Alexander made a name for himself in 2013 as he earned all-conference honors in both horizontal jumps and was named the Big West Men's Freshman of the Year. The Fresno, Calif., native went on to receive All-America honorable mention recognition as he finished 19th in the long jump at the NCAA Championships. He established lifetime bests of 24-11.25 in the long jump and 52-02.75 in the triple jump. Alexander also registered an indoor school-record 25-00 in the long jump as a freshman.

Long Beach State has come to expect big things from its accomplished group of men's hurdlers. Senior Davon Wilson-Angel is the reigning Big West champion in the 110-meter hurdles, where he holds the third-best mark in 49er history (13.89). He also recently established a school record in the 60m hurdles during the indoor season after clocking in at 8.05 seconds at the MPSF Championships. In addition, senior Koree Hines is a three-time All-Big West performer and three-time NCAA West Preliminary qualifier, while sophomore Devin Hickey earned all-conference honors and advanced to the NCAA West Prelims as a freshman last year. Hickey is tied for 10th in program history with a personal-best 14.2 seconds in the 110m hurdles.

Junior Emily Cooper, a three-time All-Big West performer, has already etched her name in the LBSU record books as she ranks among the top-10 in the outdoor 100m and 200m, as well as the indoor 60m and 200m. Cooper has also been a member of four relay teams that are featured among the 49er all-time top-10, including the 4x400 squad that established a school-record 3:41.24 at last year's Big West Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Cooper will compete in the 400m and both relays this weekend.

After redshirting the 2013 campaign, senior pole vaulter Kayla Kamaka made her return to The Beach during the indoor season where she established a personal-record 12-06.5 at the Mountain T's Invitational. That mark ranks fourth in 49er indoor history. She also enters her final season at No. 3 on LBSU's all-time outdoor list (12-06.25).

During the 2014 indoor season, Long Beach State recorded 30 marks that cracked the program's all-time top-10. Two of those were school records as Taylor Jackson compiled a lifetime-best 3,658 points to rank first in the women's pentathlon. Davon Wilson-Angel also ran the fastest 60m hurdle time in 49er history at 8.05 seconds. The LBSU distance and mid-distance runners added 10 performances that ranked among the all-time records. Highlighting that group was Chris Enriquez, who notched the second-best 3000m (8:18.01) and 5000m (14:09.93) times in school history, and Hillary Zator, who sits at No. 2 in the 5000m (17:00.64) and No. 3 in the 3000m (9:46.69).

Long Beach State will make the short trip to Orange County for two meets next weekend. The 49ers are set to compete in the Ben Brown Invitational at Cal State Fullerton on Friday, March 14, and the Anteater Invitational at UC Irvine on Saturday, March 15.