May 16, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. - Senior Ben Woodruff was named the Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Year, while Jahmani Lockett was selected as the Co-Men's Freshman of the Year the conference office announced Wednesday.
Woodruff defended his Big West title in the javelin with a toss of 231-03. On the year, he won five of the six meets in which he competed. The Redondo Beach native established a school and conference record 243-02 to finish first at the Big West Challenge. His top mark ranks fifth in the West Region and 11th in the nation. Woodruff, who was named the Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Week three times, threw for over 228 feet in every meet this season.
This is the second year in a row that Long Beach State has claimed the Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Year award as Colin Dunbar earned the honor in 2011.
Lockett became the first 49er since 2007 to be tabbed the Men's Freshman of the Year. The La Mesa, Calif., native was the Big West champion in the 400m. He ran a season-best 47.93 in the prelims and then finished ahead of the pack in the finals with a time of 48.05. Lockett also ran the third leg of LBSU's 4x400 relay team that took runner-up honors at the conference meet. During the regular season, Lockett had three other top 10 finishes in the 400m, placing second at the Beach Classic, third at the Big West Challenge and eighth at the Steve Scott Invitational.
Lockett shared Men's Freshman of the Year honors with Shyan Vaziri from UC Santa Barbara.
Long Beach State is back in action next weekend when it heads to Austin, Texas, for the NCAA West Preliminaries, May 24-26.
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