LBSU heads to Irvine for 2012 Big West Track & Field Championships
May 9, 2012
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State track & field team heads back to Irvine this weekend as it continues the Big West Championships with the main events, May 11-12, at Anteater Stadium.
BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS
The competition gets underway on Friday, May 11, with the field events at 9 a.m. and the track events beginning at 2 p.m. The meet concludes on Saturday, May 12, with the same start times. On the final day, the women's hammer throw kicks things off at 9 a.m. and the men's 4x100 relay is the first scheduled track event at 2 p.m.
LBSU has five athletes ranked first in their events. Shakina Phillips (100H, 13.65), Chris Lawson (400H, 51.51), Steven DeCastro (Steeplechase, 9:02.22), Jacob Weintraub (Discus, 178-02) and Ben Woodruff (Javelin, 243-02) have all posted the conference's top marks during the regular season.
LAST TIME OUT
Sara Macey was the runner-up in the heptathlon with a lifetime-best 5,160 points, which ranks third in school history. Kristen Kiefer placed fourth overall (4,985) and Phylicia Johnson took fifth (4,932). Wendy Izquierdo rounded out the quartet in seventh with 4,809 points.
AMONG THE BEST IN THE WEST
49ERS RACK UP BIG WEST WEEKLY AWARDS
Ben Woodruff earned his third honor of the year on April 17, after winning the javelin with a record-breaking toss of 243-02 at the Big West Challenge in Fullerton. His mark was a school, conference, meet and stadium record. Woodruff currently ranks first in the Big West, fifth in the West Region and 11th in the nation.
Jacob Weintraub also collected Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Week honors 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 (178-02) and second in the shot put (58-07.25).
Rosa Del Toro was tabbed 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 previous lifetime best. The Van Nuys native has continued to improve her 1500m time as she recently established a school-record 4:24.97 at the Steve Scott Invitational (April 29).