Willie Alexander Set for NCAA Outdoor Championships in Oregon This Week
June 4, 2013
LONG BEACH - Freshman Willie Alexander will represent the Long Beach State track & field team at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 5-8.
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ALEXANDER, SYTHE RECOGNIZED BY BIG WEST
Alexander was an all-conference performer in both the triple jump and long jump at the Big West Championships. On the first day of the conference meet, he had a third-place performance in the long jump with a personal-record 24-07.25. The Fresno, Calif., native came back the next day to top his lifetime best by over three feet in the triple jump, earning him runner-up honors. Alexander's leap of 52-02.75 is tied for sixth in school history.
Sythe received his fourth Big West Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year award after leading the 49ers to their seventh conference title and fourth in the last eight years. Under Sythe's tutelage, Long Beach State has produced 11 Big West Athletes of the Year and claimed four Big West Freshman of the Year accolades.
Alexander has had a stellar first year at Long Beach State as he was named the Big West Men's Freshman Athlete of the Year, earned all-conference honors in the long jump and triple jump, and also qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries in both events. Alexander registered a pair of lifetime bests to finish second in the triple jump (52-02.75) and third in the long jump (24-07.25) at the Big West Championships. Two weeks later, he notched another personal record in the long jump with a leap of 24-11.25 at the NCAA West Prelims. During the indoor season, Alexander also established a school-record 25-00 in the long jump and ranks seventh in school history in the triple jump (48-03.25).
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