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Long Beach State Ready for USC Trojan Invitational

March 16, 2017

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Long Beach State Ready for USC Trojan Invitational
The Long Beach State track and field team is ready for competition at the USC Trojan Invitational as the Beach will take part in the two-day event which begins on Friday, March 17 and concludes Saturday, March 18. On the first day of competition, the hammer throw and the discus will take place at Long Beach State, while the remainder of the events will be held at USC.

Schedule of Events
The USC Trojan Invitational begins on Friday, March 17 at noon on the campus of Long Beach State where the hammer throw and discus will take place. On Friday evening, the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 3,000-meter runs will begin at 5 p.m. at USC. Saturday’s events begin in the field at 10 a.m. with the women’s pole vault, while the track events start at 11 a.m. with the women’s 4x100-meter relay. The last event of the meet begins at 2:20 p.m. on the track with the men’s 4x400-meter relay.

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 Saturday, 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 have gotten off to a solid start this outdoor season boasting four marks that lead the country and a total of 27 Top 10 marks and times.

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 at the UCLA Dual 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 63.73m (209-01.00) in the hammer throw to win the Ben Brown Invitational and maintain the furthest distance in the country by nearly five feet.

The Beach women have seen an equal amount of success as they top the country in the 100-meter dash thanks to Courtne’ Davis’ time of 11.69 which she notched during the first week of the season.

Athlete of the Week
De’Ondra Young was named Co-Big West Women’s Field Athlete of the Week after setting a new personal record last weekend at the Ben Brown Invitational. Young’s heave of 60.57m (198-09.00) shattered her previous personal-best mark by 19 feet and six inches. Additionally, her toss was just one-and-a-half inches shy of the Long Beach State school record which was set one year ago by two-time Big West Champion and NCAA qualifier Fatima Vergara.

Indoor Success
Long Beach State capped a successful indoor season as senior thrower James Hubbard was named to the USTFCCCA Men’s All-America Second Team after placing 15th in the men’s weight throw at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a heave of 20.11m (65-11.75). Hubbard was the only student-athlete in the Big West Conference to earn All-American honors.

Up Next
The Beach will see action next at the UCR Spring Break Invitational. The meet is a three-day competition which begins on Thursday, March 23 and concludes on Saturday, March 25 in Riverside, Calif. The meet will kick off with the heptathlon and decathlon on the first two days and will culminate with the rest of the track and field events on Saturday.



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