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Long Beach State Set to Compete at Ben Brown Invitational

March 9, 2017

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Long Beach State Set to Compete at Ben Brown Invitational
The Long Beach State track and field team is coming off of an impressive opening weekend in which both the men’s and women’s squads knocked off UCLA in a dual meet at Jack Rose Track. The Beach look to bring that momentum into this weekend’s meet at the Ben Brown Invitational hosted by Big West foe Cal State Fullerton.

Schedule of Events
The Ben Brown Invitational will begin on Friday, March 10 with the women’s hammer throw at 9:30 a.m. Friday will feature the hammer, javelin, 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000-meter run. Friday’s events will conclude at 7:25 p.m. with the men’s 5,000-meter run. On Saturday, March 11, the remaining events will take place beginning with the women’s long jump at 8:30 a.m. and finishing with the women’s 4x400-meter relay at 6:50 p.m.

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,” Long Beach State head coach Andy Sythe said. “Competition and facilities against quality opponents and in qualitiy facilities are key to us building a very competitive schedule.”

About Long Beach State
The Beach have kicked off the outdoor season with several solid performances. After the opening weekend, Long Beach State boasts 11 men and 13 women in the top five in the nation. A total of six (three on each side) lead the nation in their respective events.

On the men’s side, they have performed particularly well in the field as Kemonie Briggs, Josh Carr and Robert Marlow all lead the country in the long jump, discus, and hammer throw, respectively.

Briggs’ long jump distance of 7.99m (26-02.75) earned him a first-place finish in the opening weekend against UCLA and tops the nation by nearly two-and-a-half feet. The Beach own the top two spots in the long jump, as Jason Smith’s mark of 7.27m (23-10.25) is good for second in the country.

Carr won the discus throw last weekend with a heave of 56.70m (186-00.00) which leads the nation. His tally is eight feet further than the second best toss in the country. Lastly, Marlow launched a heave of 63.30m (207-08.00) in the hammer throw to win the event and claim the furthest distance in the country by two-and-a-half feet.

The Beach women have seen an equal amount of success as they top the country in the 100-meter dash, the 4x100-meter relay and the long jump.

Courtne’ Davis started the outdoor season strong as she won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.69 which currently stands as the fastest time in the nation. Davis also ran anchor on the women’s 4x100-meter relay squad that also tops the nation after winning the event last weekend with a time of 45.88, marking the fastest time to start the season for LBSU in program history. Helping Davis win the 4x100-meter dash were teammates Azaria Hill, Ashleigh Chambers, and Madison Carney.

Rounding out the nation’s leaders from Long Beach State is Allison Foster who excelled on the field with a distance of 5.73m (18-09.75) in the long jump. She sits atop the country by three-quarters of an inch, edging out Nevada’s Kadeisha Hield for first.

Athletes of the Week
After turning in top-notch performances to help Long Beach State win the UCLA Dual meet, Courtne’ Davis and Kemonie Briggs were named Big West Conference Athletes of the Week. Davis took home Women’s Track Athlete, while Briggs claimed Men’s Field Athlete of the Week.

Up Next
Following the Ben Brown Invitational, Long Beach State will take part in the USC Trojan Invite which runs from Friday, March 17 to Saturday, March 18.



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