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49ers Rank Among the Nation's Best; Travel South for Aztec Invitational on Saturday

Michael Vaughan ranks first among all NCAA Division I athletes in the triple jump.

March 14, 2013

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LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State track & field team has a handful of athletes ranked among the top-10 in the nation, including three who own the No. 1 spot among all NCAA Division I athletes, as they head south to San Diego for the Aztec Invitational on Saturday, March 16.

The 49ers have 15 athletes who have accounted for 18 marks that rank among the top-10 in the nation. Michael Vaughan is No. 1 in the triple jump after establishing a personal-record 51-07.25 at the Beach Classic on March 2. Jacob Fraser is the top NCAA Division I performer in the shot put (55-02), while Dylan McCloskey is No. 1 in the 200m (21.45). McCloskey also ranks second in the 400m at 48.16 seconds.

Chris Yates ranks second in the nation, behind teammate Jacob Fraser, in the shot put with a toss of 55-00. In addition, Fraser is third in the discus (177-02) and Conner Rouse is third in the pole vault (16-08.75). Also among the top-10 are Joel Baez (hammer, 4th), Adam Bianchessi (javelin, 4th), Jason Harrell (discus, 4th), Emily Cooper (400m, 4th), Chris Yates (hammer, 5th), Josh Villalobos (hammer, 6th), Camren Woods (long jump, T8th), Davon Wilson-Angel (110H, 10th), Michael Montgomery (pole vault, 10th), Meghan Foley (1500m, 10th) and Willie Alexander (long jump, T10th)

LBSU has 58 athletes (29 men, 29 women) entered in the 35th annual Aztec Invitational, which will be held at SDSU Sports Deck, on Saturday, March 16. The field events get underway with the women's discus at 9 a.m., while the track events start with the women's 4x100 relay at 10:10 a.m.

Long Beach State registered three individual victories at the Ben Brown Invititational in Fullerton last Saturday (March 9). Meghan Foley finished ahead of the pack in the 1500-meter run with a personal-record 4:34.90, while Alexandra Cervantes claimed the shot put title (41-11.5). On the men's side, Jacob Fraser took top honors in the discus at 164-06. Jason Harrell made it a 1-2 finish for LBSU as he was the runner-up (161-01). Fraser was also third in the shot put behind Chris Yates, who came in second overall with a lifetime-best 55-00. Three 49ers also notched personal bests in the hammer throw with Joel Baez (193-07), Yates (191-06) and Josh Villalobos (186-10) all placing among the top-10. In the javelin, Adam Bianchessi took third with the seventh-best mark in program history (210-00).

Long Beach State has claimed three of the possible four Big West men's track & field athlete of the week awards. Junior Koree Hines (track) and senior Michael Vaughan (field) were recognized by the conference for their performances at the Beach Classic on March 2, while senior Chris Yates is the reigning Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Week.

Yates earned the honor after establishing lifetime bests in the shot put (55-00) and hammer throw (191-06) at the Ben Brown Invitational.

Hines was named the Big West Track Athlete of the Week following a runner-up finish in the 110m hurdles at the Beach Classic where he notched a personal-record 14.21 seconds. He also helped the 49ers to a pair of second-place performances in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Vaughan was tabbed the Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Week as he won the triple jump with a lifetime-best 51-07.25. The mark is tops in the nation and ties him for eighth all-time at LBSU.

Long Beach State will head to Irvine next weekend for the UCI Spring Break Invitational.



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