Jason Smith, Shalee Reynolds, Andy Sythe Take Top Honors As Track And Field All-Big West Is Announced
Long Beach State had 18 student-athletes earn All-Big West at the Big West Championships.
Long Beach, Calif. - Jason Smith was named the Big West Male Field Athlete of the Year, Shalee Reynolds was chosen as the Big West Female Freshman of the Year, and Andy Sythe earned Big West Coach of the Year honors for the eighth time as the conference office announced the All-Big West awards for Track and Field on Wednesday.
Jason Smith earned points for the Beach in three events at the Big West Championships, including second-place finishes in both the high jump and long jump to also claim a pair of All-Big West honors. Smith has top six marks in the Big West this year in three different disciplines.
Smith is the fourth straight 49er to win Male Field Athlete of the Year, and the Beach has taken home six of the last eight awards. Smith is also the sixth different 49er to win the award.
Shalee Reynolds became the third Long Beach State student-athlete to claim Female Freshman of the Year, honors, and was the second in the last three years after Courtne’ Davis won the award in 2016. Reynolds took second place in the 400m hurdles with a time of 59.02, improving on the fifth-best time in school history, and also ran on the 4x400m relay that helped seal the program’s first women’s Big West Championship.
Head Coach Andy Sythe was named the Big West Coach of the Year for the eighth time, but earned the honors on the women’s side for the first time as the Beach took the title the first time. Long Beach State held off UC Santa Barbara by two points to grab the win, making a late charge behind Bria Palmer’s third place finish in the high jump and the team’s 4x400m relay. Long Beach State’s men also finished in second place.
Long Beach State’s women came away with 10 All-Big West selections additionally, featuring nine separate student-athletes. Courtne’ Davis was the most decorated after winning the 200m dash, coming in second in the 100m, and participating in the first-place 4x100m relay.
The Beach won both relays on the women’s side, as Davis, Chambers, Azaria Hill and Madison Golden broke their own school record with a 44.63 time in the 4x100m, while Shalee Reynolds, Shyann Reynolds, Anaya Alexander and Hill won the 4x400m relay.
Also on the track Alexander and Shyann Reynolds finished first and third in the 400m dash, with Alexander taking the win with a time of 53.79, the second-best in school history. Chambers took third place in the 100m dash. In the field events, the Beach had two All-Big West selections, Palmer in the high jump and Crystal Rodriguez in the javelin. Rodriguez finished in third place with a PR of 145’00.”
Long Beach State had 12 All-Big West performances on the men’s side. Kemonie Briggs, Isaiah Johnson, Kent Harris and Daniel York-Mouton combined to win the 4x400m relay, and three of those athletes had other All-Big West performances.
Harris won the 200m dash, and took second place in the 100m dash, while Briggs won the long jump at 26 feet even and finished third in the 400m dash, just behind York-Mouton who was second across the line at 46.82. Michael Magula was a third-place finisher in the pole vault after clearing 16 feet, and Josh Carr and Nicholas Hudson took second and third respectively in the hammer throw in LBSU’s field All-Big West performances.
One week earlier, John Broadhead was a third-place finisher in the decathlon, the seventh 49er to break 7,000 points in the event.
The Beach is waiting to see which athletes will qualify to represent Long Beach State at the NCAA Western Preliminaries, held May 24-26 in Sacramento, Calif.
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