March 28, 2012
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State track & field team is set to compete in the 2012 Cal-Nevada Championships this weekend. The meet will be hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges at the Burns Track & Field Complex in Claremont, March 31-April 1.
LBSU has 66 athletes entered in 38 events over the two-day meet. Saturday's action gets underway with the women's javelin at 1 p.m. and concludes with the distance carnival in the evening. The final event of the day is the women's 10000m run at 8:40 p.m. On Sunday, the field events are set to begin with the men's discus at 11:30 a.m., while the track events are slated for a 1:30 p.m. start (men's 4x100 relay).
Jacob Weintraub earned Long Beach State's third weekly honor of the season as he was named the Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Week on March 27. Weintraub won the discus and finished third in the shot put at the UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational. He is currently tops in the conference in the discus (170-00) and second in the shot put (58-03.25). Weintraub's mark in the discus also ranks him seventh in all of NCAA Division I.
Rosa Del Toro was named the Big West Women's Track Athlete of the Week on March 20. Del Toro finished third overall in the 1500m at the rain-shortened Aztec Invitational. Despite running in inclement weather, she clocked in at 4:29.36, just .32 seconds off her lifetime best. The Van Nuys native's personal record of 4:29.04, which she established last year, ranks fifth in program history.
Ben Woodruff claimed the first Men's Field Athlete of the Week award after winning the javelin with a personal-record 235-04 at the Beach Classic (March 3). His mark was an Olympic Trials "B" standard and ranks sixth in all of NCAA Division I. Woodruff topped his previous lifetime best by 14 feet and was just two feet shy of the school and conference record.
BIG WEST QUALIFIERS
After four weeks of competition, the 49ers already have 55 Big West qualifying marks. Qualifying in multiple events are Jacob Fraser (Shot, Discus, Hammer), Christopher Lawson (110H, 400H), Kevin Jenkins (HJ, TJ), Jacob Weintraub (Discus, Shot), Kristen Kiefer (200m, 100H, 400H), Emily Cooper (100m, 200m), Saedra Wright (200m, 400m), Rosa Del Toro (1500m, 5000m), Catherine Martinez (800m, 1500m), Jessica Barnard (1500m, 5000m), Shakina Phillips (100H, 400H), Phylicia Johnson (100H, LJ) and Sara Macey (100H, HJ).
49ER INDOOR ALL-AMERICANS
Matt Maldonado and Katrina Graves-Johnson both earned All-America status at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 9. Maldonado finished 12th in the men's mile, while Graves-Johnson placed 16th in the women's high jump.
Earlier in the year, Maldonado set a new standard at Long Beach State as he became the first 49er in program history to run a sub-four indoor mile at the MPSF Championships on Feb. 25. The Modesto, Calif., native claimed the conference title with a lifetime-best 3:59.08. Graves-Johnson also tied a 12-year old school record when she cleared a lifetime-best 5-11.50 at the Husky Classic.
Long Beach State travels to the Texas Relays (April 4-7) and Stanford Invitational (April 6-7) next week.
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