@LBSU_Track Returns to Action at Cal-Nevada Championships, Stanford Invite
49ers will send majority of squad to La Jolla for Cal-Nevada Championships this weekend
April 3, 2014
Live Results - Cal-Nevada Championships
Live Results - Stanford Invitational
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State track & field team will send a majority of its squad to the Cal-Nevada Championships in La Jolla, while a select group of mid-distance and distance runners will make their way to the Stanford Invitational this weekend. Both meets will take place on Friday (April 4) and Saturday (April 5).
ABOUT THE MEETS
The Cal-Nevada Championships will be held at UC San Diego's Triton Track & Field Stadium in La Jolla. On Friday, the field events are set to get underway with the men's hammer throw at noon, while the running events begin with the women's 100m hurdle prelims at 1:15 p.m. The teams return to action on Saturday, starting with the women's hammer throw at 11 a.m. Long Beach State has 74 athletes (34 women, 40 men) entered in the meet.
The 30th annual Stanford Invitational will be held at Cobb Track and Angell Field. LBSU has four athletes entered in five events, all of which are scheduled for Friday. Chris Low (800m) and Chris Enriquez (5000m) will represent the 49er men, while Caitlin Turner (800m, 1500m) and Hillary Zator (10000m) are slated to compete on the women's side.
RACKING UP THE AWARDS
Four 49ers have earned Big West Athlete of the Week honors this season. Most recently, juniors Tiffany Forbito and Jasmine Askew swept the women's awards following their strong showings at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 22. Forbito was named the field athlete of the week as she notched a top-10 performance in the javelin with a toss of 143-04, which ranks second in the Big West. She also moved up one spot to No. 8 on the LBSU all-time charts.
Askew was tabbed the track athlete of the week after finishing second in the 400m with a lifetime-best 54.72. That was the fastest time recorded by a 49er since 1987 and ranks third in program history. Askew was also a member of the 4x400 squad that ran Long Beach State's first-ever sub-3:40 relay as they shattered the previous school record with a mark of 3:39.65.
In addition, senior Kayla Kamaka was named the Big West Women's Field Athlete of the Week on March 18. Kamaka earned the distinction for her performance at the Anteater 4-Way Meet where she finished ahead of the pack in the pole vault to help The Beach 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 and ties for second all-time at LBSU.
Senior Jason Harrell claimed one of the first honors of the outdoor season as he was tabbed the Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Week on March 11. He won the discus at the Riverside City College Quad Meet with a toss of 177-01. Harrell would go on to improve that distance at the Anteater 4-Way Meet when he recorded a personal-best 191-09. His mark ranks 12th in the nation, fifth in the West Region and first in the conference.
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 third in school history, ninth in the West Region and 25th in the nation. In addition, Glasgow's 400m time is 25th among all NCAA Division I athletes this season.
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 sixth in all of NCAA Division I.
VERGARA MAKES MARK EARLY
In the season-opening RCC Quad Meet, junior 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 on March 14. Vergara is just the third 49er to throw for over 190 feet and she enters the week ranked first in the Big West, 12th in the West Region and 21st in the nation.
Long Beach State is back in action next Friday, April 11, when it travels to Irvine for the Big West Challenge.
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