The Beach Qualifies 17 for NCAA West Regional Championships
NCAA West Regionals take place May 25-27 in Austin, Texas
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Long Beach State track and field team will send 17 student-athletes to compete in next week’s NCAA West Regional Championships in Austin, Texas. The list of accepted entries was released on Thursday.
The Beach men will have 10 student-athletes who will compete in seven events, while the women’s team will send seven student-athletes to see action in eight different events. Additionally, Long Beach State will have three dual-event qualifiers in Kemonie Briggs (long jump, 400-meter dash), James Hubbard (hammer throw, discus throw) and Riley Cooks (100-meter hurdles, long jump).
Briggs, the reigning Big West Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Year, will head to the West Regionals in both the men’s long jump and 400-meter dash. This season, the product out of Long Beach, Calif., set a new Long Beach State school record in the long jump with a distance of 7.99m (26’2.75”) which ranks him eighth in the nation. He also owns a career-best time of 46.91 in the 400m.
Joining Briggs in competition in the long jump is freshman Jason Smith who was recently named Big West Conference Men’s Freshman Athlete of the Year. Smith is nationally ranked at 57th in the long jump with a mark of 7.62m (25’).
Vincent Calhoun rounds out the men’s qualifying jumpers heading to Regionals as he will see action in the high jump after ranking ninth in the nation with a lifetime-best mark of 2.20m (7’2.5”).
Hubbard and Josh Carr will represent Long Beach State in the discus throw as Carr leads the way with a qualifying mark of 56.70m (186’), while Hubbard qualified with a heave of 53.60m (175’10”).
Hubbard also qualified in the hammer throw after recording a distance of 66.23m (217’3”). He will compete in that event alongside teammate, Marlow, who owns a mark of 66.94m (219’7”). Marlow and Hubbard’s marks are good for third and fourth, respectively, all-time at Long Beach State. Their tallies also rank them 26th and 33rd in the nation, respectively.
The Beach will be represented by a trio of pole vaulters led by Cooper. Copper is 33rd in the nation with a mark of 5.30m (17’4.5”) in the event which is good for ninth at LBSU. Joining Cooper in the pole vault are teammates Bo Haddock (5.20m, 17’0.75”) and Paul Thenard (5.12m, 16’9.5”). Haddock logged his PR earlier this season at the Beach Invitational, while Thenard won the 2017 Big West Championships after setting a new lifetime mark.
Rounding out the qualifying men from Long Beach State is freshman Koty Burton who recorded a career-best time of 14.27 in the 110-meter hurdles at the Beach Invitational to make his way into his first-ever NCAA West Regional Championship.
On the women’s side, Cooks leads the way as she is a dual-qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles and long jump. The recently crowned Big West Conference Female Field Athlete of the Year qualified for the women’s long jump after recorded a career-best distance of 6.12m (21’1”) to tie for fifth all-time at Long Beach State while competing in the heptathlon at the Big West Championships. She went on to win the long jump and set a new school record in the heptathlon with 5,671 points. If that weren’t enough, Cooks also earned a qualifying time of 13.52 in the 100-meter hurdles. Her time is tied for second all-time at LBSU.
Davis, a two-time NCAA West Regional Qualifier, will compete in the 100-meter dash after finishing the race in a lifetime best 11.50 to rank third all-time in program history.
Teammate Ashleigh Chambers will round out the sprinters competing for Long Beach State as she qualified in the 200-meter dash after posting a career-best time of 23.62.
In the field, Long Beach State will send Jasmine Bass to compete in the triple jump as she owns a career-best mark of 12.47m (40’11”). She set that mark at the Big West Track and Field Championships.
Bria Palmer will compete in the high jump after qualifying with a height of 1.80m (5’10.75”) which earned her a victory at the Big West Championships and tied her for seventh all-time at Long Beach State.
Senior Shelby Crider will make her first-ever appearance at the NCAA West Regionals after qualifying in the women’s javelin. She tallied a career-best mark of 45.49m (149’3”) at the Big West Championships to move into eighth place in program history.
Lastly, junior De’Ondra Young earned a qualifying spot after setting a new Long Beach State school record in the hammer throw. Earlier this season, Young won the Big West Challenge with a heave of 61.41m (201’6”) which was a new LBSU standard and ranked her 38th in the nation.
The top 12 finishers in each event at the NCAA West Regionals will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Eugene, Ore., on June 7-10.
Long Beach State’s Accepted Entries
Men (10 Entries)
Kemonie Briggs – Long Jump, 400m Dash
Koty Burton – 110m Hurdles
Vincent Calhoun – High Jump
Josh Carr – Discus Throw
Xander Cooper – Pole Vault
Bo Haddock – Pole Vault
James Hubbard – Hammer Throw, Discus Throw
Robert Marlow – Hammer Throw
Jason Smith – Long Jump
Paul Thenard – Pole Vault
Women (7 Entries)
Jasmine Bass – Triple Jump
Ashleigh Chambers – 200m Dash
Riley Cooks – 100m Hurdles, Long Jump
Shelby Crider – Javelin Throw
Courtne’ Davis – 100m Dash
Bria Palmer – High Jump
De’Ondra Young – Hammer Throw
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