March 19, 2014
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State track & field team will send a split squad to the UCI Spring Break Invitational in Irvine and the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., March 21-22.
MORE ON THE MEETS
The 49ers return to Anteater Stadium for the second-straight weekend as they have 52 athletes entered in the UCI Spring Break Invitational. The meet opens with the hammer throw (2 p.m), steeplechase (6 p.m.) and 5000m (6:40 p.m.) on Friday. A full day of events will follow on Saturday, starting with the pole vault at 10 a.m.
The Baldy Castillo Invitational will be held at Arizona State's Sun Angel Track & Field Stadium. The hammer (1 p.m.) and 1500m (7:30 p.m.) are set to take place on Friday, while the rest of the events will run on Saturday, beginning with the discus at 10 a.m. Long Beach State has 30 athletes entered in the two-day meet.
PERFECT IN DUAL MEETS
Both the Long Beach State men and women have started the 2014 season with unblemished 6-0 records in dual meets. They defeated Cal State Fullerton, Pepperdine and Riverside City College at the RCC Quad Meet on March 8, before edging Purdue, UC Irvine and Cerritos College at the Anteater 4-Way Meet on March 15.
KAMAKA EARNS WEEKLY AWARD
After redshirting the 2013 season due to an injury, senior Kayla Kamaka has returned in full force. She earned her first career Big West Women's Field Athlete of the Week award for her performance at the Anteater 4-Way Meet where she finished ahead of the pack in the pole vault to help LBSU to three dual meet wins. Kamaka established two lifetime bests on separate tries, first clearing 12-10.75, before extending that effort with a mark of 13-01.5. That height ranks first in the Big West, second in the NCAA and ties for second all-time at The Beach. Kamaka is just the third 49er in program history to clear 13 feet.
HARRELL GOES LONG
Senior Jason Harrell also claimed one of the first weekly honors this season as he was named the Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Riverside City College Quad Meet where he won the discus with a toss of 177-01. He improved that distance at last weekend's Anteater 4-Way Meet when he picked up his second individual victory with a personal-record 191-09. Harrell's mark ranks first in the nation and puts him at No. 6 among LBSU's all-time leaders.
GLASGOW CONTINUES STRONG START
Junior Cameron Glasgow enters the weekend with the Big West's top times in the 100m (10.42), 200m (21.44) and 400m (47.62). His mark in the 100m, which he established at the Riverside City College Quad Meet on March 8, also ranks first in the nation and third in school history. In addition, Glasgow's 400m time is second among all NCAA Division I athletes this season.
VERGARA MAKES MARK EARLY
In the season-opening RCC Quad Meet, junior transfer Fatima Vergara established the third-best hammer throw mark in school history at 181-03. She then bettered her PR with a monster toss of 192-02 to finish third at the Ben Brown Invitational last Friday. Vergara is just the third 49er to throw for over 190 feet.
THE LOW DOWN
Junior Chris Low recorded the seventh-best 800m time in school history after winning the event in 1 minute, 49.43 seconds at the Anteater 4-Way Meet. His mark is also tops in the Big West and in all of NCAA Division I.
ALEXANDER PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF
Sophomore All-American Willie Alexander picked up a pair of victories in the long jump (24-07.75) and triple jump (47-08) at the season-opening RCC Quad Meet. He is coming off a remarkable freshman campaign in which he earned All-America honorable mention recognition and was named the Big West Men's Freshman of the Year.
Long Beach State will have a week off before returning to action with the Cal/Nevada Championships and the Stanford Invitational, April 4-5.
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