Long Beach State track & field assistant coach LaTanya Sheffield is currently serving as an assistant for the U.S. women at the World Championships in Moscow, Russia, and will be updating LongBeachState.com throughout the meet.
Day 5. Today is a rest day for the sprinters and hurdlers. They are preparing their hamstrings for another grueling session of competition. Some team members visited with the American Ambassador for hors d'oeuvres. I visited Red Square, breath taking buildings. Also had time to SHOP, SHOP and SHOP!! Any requests?
Today completes Day 4. It was very exciting because we heard our National Anthem during the medal ceremony again. We took the gold and silver in the 110 hurdles. A collection of countries stood near me as I sang our anthem at the top of my lungs (off key). I wonder if they were thinking... This is a good time for her to lip sync.
Day 3: The warm-up field is intense. The men's 110 hurdle final, women's 400 hurdles, women's shot put final, and the women's 100m final will be contested today. Tension and anticipation is in high form. The U.S. has some heavy hitters. Other countries know that we are the team to beat. Our athletes are wearing the pressure well. As they prepare in their separate corners of the track there is only one goal in mind... put bodies behind you. Go USA!
Usain Bolt is electrifying and entertaining! The morning of the men's 100m final, Dennis Mitchell, coach of Justin Gatlin, told me that he needed to get his mind right in preparation for the competition. Lesson for Day 2... Coaches compete too!!
Day 1 is complete. The U.S. had a great day of competition. The women's 400m began their first round and all three U.S. athletes advanced to the second round. Behind the scenes, in the warm-up track there is a large clock that displays the time that the athletes are to report in. It registers down to the seconds. They are very punctual. If you miss the call time by seconds you will not be allowed to compete! My job as a coach is to make sure each elite athlete adheres to the schedule. Today I was anxious. Each athlete warms up differently. Our first two athletes made the call time with room to spare. The third athlete went to the wire. On the inside I wanted to interrupt her warm up, pick her up and take her to the call room but on the outside it was important that I remained cool and calm while gently rushing her to meet the call time. Needless to say she made it with only 3 seconds to spare. Lesson for the day... Never let 'em see you sweat! Go USA and Go Beach!
Team USA is very excited to commence Day One. As coach of the women's sprint & hurdles I am anxious for us to get the party started with the women's 400m. Our women will lose their family name and inherit our country name...USA!!!
- 2016 Season
- Season Bests (Updated June 13)
- Weekly Release
- 2016 Black and Gold BBQ
- 2016 Black and Gold Schedule
- 2016 Cross Country/Track and Field Banquet
- 2016 Alumni Meet Registration
- 2016 Beach Kids Meet Registration
- 2017 Annual T&F Sports Package
- Beach Invitational Homepage
- Home Meet Information
- Black & Gold Meet Results
- Official Facebook Page
- Follow on Twitter
- Recruiting Information
- Men's Track & Field Questionnaire
- Women's Track & Field Questionnaire
- Contact Information
- Head Coach Andy Sythe - Jumps, Multis
- Tom Walsh - Distances
- LaTanya Sheffield - Sprints, Hurdles
- Cory Loebl - Throws
- Media Guides
Shawn Winget Hired as Cross Country/Assistant...08/08/2016 - Track
Long Beach State head coach Andy Sythe has announced the hiring of Shawn Winget as the program...
Beach Track & Field Earns Team and Individual...07/28/2016 - Track
Long Beach State track & field had four individuals receive 2016 USTFCCCA All-Academic...
Long Beach State Track & Field Alums Set for U....06/30/2016 - Track
Long Beach State has four alums who qualified for the U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials in Eugene...
Long Beach State Track & Field Signs Three More...06/13/2016 - Track
Long Beach State track & field has announced the signing of three more student-athletes to...
LBSU Track & Field Nets Three USTFCCCA...06/13/2016 - Track
Long Beach State had three individuals earn honorable mention All-America honors the U.S. Track &...
Riley Cooks Finishes 20th in Heptathlon at NCAA...06/11/2016 - Track
Junior Riley Cooks finished 20th overall with 5,372 points in the heptathlon to wrap up the NCAA ...