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Track & Field Championships Continue At CSUN

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5/10/2018

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2018 Track and Field Release No. 10


Hosting the Big West Track and Field Championships for the first time since 2013, CSUN welcomes all nine schools to the CSUN Track & Field Complex this weekend to crown two champions.

Big West Championships Resume At CSUN
CSUN hosts the main portion of the 2018 Big West Track and Field Championships at the CSUN Track & Field Complex May 11-12.  Cal State Fullerton is the defending men’s champion after winning the first title in program history last year.  The CSUN women captured their second conference championship in three years, and record 10th overall, winning by a miniscule 1.3 points over UC Davis in 2017.

FOX Sports Prime Ticket will televise the final day of the championship for the sixth straight year.  The regional telecast home of the Big West will carry Saturday’s program beginning at 2:00 p.m. with Justin Alderson (PxP), Milena Glusac (analyst) and Courtney Sweet (sideline) providing commentary.

A Historical Perspective – Cal State Fullerton Men
Cal State Fullerton snapped Long Beach State’s four-year run of straight men’s championships with a thrilling victory on its home track, the Titan Track Complex, in 2017.  It was the first championship in school history, and a crowning achievement for head coach John Elders, who is in his 30th season at the helm.  CSF was the 10th different program to win a Big West title.  LBSU is tied with Fresno State for the most titles in meet history (10).  The Titans held a one-point lead (125-124) on Cal Poly entering the 4x400 relay and turned in a season-best time to finish second, giving them a final 133-128 victory margin.

A Historical Perspective – CSUN Women
CSUN won the 2017 title by the second-smallest margin in the 34-year history of the meet, by 1.3 points over UC Davis.  The Aggies had won four championships in five years, but the Matadors came out on top after finishing in last place a year earlier.  Only three current members – CSUN, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara – have hoisted the trophy in conference meet history.

Combined Events Review

The Big West Track and Field Championship began last weekend with the heptathlon and decathlon competitions.  UC Santa Barbara sophomore Hope Bender tallied the fifth-best final score in meet history with 5,561 points, winning the 100 meter hurdles, shot put and 200 meters.  Bender joined two-time heptathlon champion (2010, 2012) and U.S. Olympian Barbara Nwaba as the only two champions from UCSB.  UC Davis junior Kyle Clancy became the first Aggie to capture decathlon gold with 7,181 points, slightly ahead of teammate Thomas Grossman (7,109).  Clancy was victorious in the long jump, high jump and pole vault, while placing second in the 100 meters and 110 meter hurdles.  UC Davis picked up 22 points in the decathlon thanks to Clancy, Grossman and fifth-place finisher Drake Foote. 

Event Leaders By School
Of the 21 events that will be scored at the Big West Championships, there is parity around the conference in terms of schools who have the most top marks.  Long Beach State leads all Big West women’s programs with top times in five events – all sprint-related – 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay.  UC Santa Barbara has the top mark in four events, including senior distance runner Jenna Hinkle, who is No. 1 in the 1,500 and 5,000 meter races.  Defending champion CSUN has the leader in three events, with Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, UC Davis and UC Irvine boasting two. 

On the men’s side, a UC Davis athlete sports the top performance in the Big West this year in a conference-best seven events.  The Aggies are strong in the jumps with overall leaders in the high jump (Kyle Clancy), long jump (Steven Childs) and triple jump (Drew Xandrine-Anderson).  The Aggies also possess a dual threat in senior Brian Thomas, who is No. 1 in the 400 and 800 meters.  Defending champion Cal State Fullerton has the top performance in four events, as does UC Santa Barbara.  Of course, a leaderboard based on No. 1 rankings only do not reveal a team’s overall depth throughout all the events – and therefore can’t solely establish a favorite for the meet – as points will be accumulated via a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system.

Clancy, Briggs and Swarbrick Seek Three-Peat
UC Davis junior Kyle Clancy, who already boasts 2018 decathlon gold, is aiming to become a three-time conference champion in the high jump.  Clancy won the 2016 and 2017 events with identical clearances of 6-11.50.  He owns a season-best and conference-leading mark of 6-11.75 set at the Bryan Clay Invitational on April 19.  There are only four previous three-time winners of the high jump – Ron Livers of San Jose State (1974, 1975, 1977), Coleman Conroy of UC Santa Barbara (1990-92) and Mitchell Haag of UC Santa Barbara (2011-13).

Long Beach State’s Kemonie Briggs is the other potential three-time event champion.  He captured the 2016 and 2017 long jump titles with wind-aided marks of 26-02.25 and 25-08.25, respectively.  The only other individual to win golds in that event was UC Riverside’s Ted Hooper (2012-14).  Briggs is No. 4 on this year’s Big West performance list, with a season-best mark of 24-09 at the Sacramento State MONDO Team Challenge.

CSUN senior Daniel Swarbrick is the third candidate for a third time.  The discus thrower won the 2016 (186-06) and 2017 (183-08) titles, and enters this year’s meet with the third-best distance (182-10) among meet participants.  UC Santa Barbara’s Kordell Hampton has the best mark so far, a 187-02 at the Beach Invitational April 20.

There are only three other men’s events in which an individual repeat champion may emerge this year.  They are as follows:

MEN
Name, School Event 2017 Winning Mark Top 2018 Mark BWC Rank
Michael Giguere, Cal Poly 5000 Meters 14:46.09 14:24.96 No. 2
Swarnjit Boyal, Cal Poly 10000 Meters 31:35.59 29:05.54 No. 1
Diego Courbis, Cal State Fullerton 400 Meter Hurdles 52.89 53.55 No. 4

Six Women’s Athletes Seeking Two Straight Golds
There are six entries on the women’s side who are attempting to win a second straight title in her event.  Two hail from Cal State Fullerton, two from UC Santa Barbara, and one each from UC Davis and UC Riverside.  Below is the breakdown on what they did at last year’s meet and their top mark this year.
                    
WOMEN
Name, School Event 2017 Winning Mark Top 2018 Mark BWC Rank
Jenna Hinkle, UC Santa Barbara 1500 Meters 4:27.49 4:19.11 No. 1
Weslie Pearce, UC Riverside 3,000m Steeple 10:24.24 10:26.68 No. 1
Hope Bender, UC Santa Barbara 400 Meter Hurdles 58.87 58.68 No. 2
Erinn Beattie, UC Davis High Jump 5-10.75 6-00.50 No. 1
Laura Hamann, Cal State Fullerton Triple Jump 41-03.75 40-02.00 No. 4
Bryn Williamson, Cal State Fullerton Pole Vault 13-06.25 12-07.50 No. 4

Other athletes entered in the meet who are also seeking their second individual title – but not consecutively, are as follows:

Name, School Event 2016 Winning Mark Top 2018 Mark BWC Rank
Courtne’ Davis, Long Beach State 100 Meters 11.50 11.30 No. 1
Courtne’ Davis, Long Beach State 200 Meters 23.65 23.31 No. 1
Tyler Hardge, Cal State Fullerton 400 Meter Hurdles 1:00.14* 1:01.89 No. 9
India Owens, Cal State Fullerton 400 Meter Hurdles 59.65 1:02.42 No. 12
Tayler Fleming, UC Riverside Long Jump 20-02.50 20-04.50 No. 2
Gardenia Centenaro, CSUN Pole Vault 13-03.75 13-00.75 No. 2
Megan Mooney, Cal Poly Javelin 153-02 139-02 No. 4

* Won at the 2015 Big West Championship

Longest Streaks
Some schools have maintained a strangehold on winning individual gold in various events.  The longest current streaks are as follows:

• The UC Davis women have won the 800 meters five straight years.
• The Cal Poly women have captured the 5,000 meter title in three straight meets.
• The 100 meter hurdles champion belongs to UC Irvine the past three years.
• The CSUN women have produced the discus champion three years in a row.
• Cal Poly men have owned 5,000 meter gold for five straight years.
• UC Irvine men have won the 110 meter hurdles three years in a row.
• Long Beach State men sport the long jump and hammer champion three years running.
• Pole vault title belongs to the LBSU men for four straight years.
• UC Santa Barbara men sport the javelin title in three straight meets.

Ranked And Ready
A long list of Big West athletes are both regionally and nationally ranked according to the Track and Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS).  Two men and five women athletes have earned distinction with national top-25 marks or times:

• UC Davis junior high jumper Erinn Beattie is No. 6 in the country with a top mark of 6-00.50 at the April 19 Bryan Clay Invitational.  Hawai‘i sophomore Lily Lowe is No. 8 (6-00).

• CSUN freshman De’Andreah Young posted a 57.81 in the 400 meter hurdles at the April 28 Desert Heat Classic.  She is No. 15 nationally in that event.

• UC Santa Barbara junior Hope Bender is No. 12 in the country in the heptathlon as she collected 5,725 points at the Bryan Clay Invitational.

• UCSB senior Kiely Gode cleared 20-09.75 in the long jump to rank No. 17 nationally in that event.  She had that huge leap at the April 28 UC Santa Barbara vs. Cal Poly Dual.

• CSUN junior Erick Loomis set the school record in the hammer throw with his heave of 223-11 on April 13 at the Triton Invitational, which currently ranks him No. 17 nationally.

• Cal Poly senior Swarnjit Boyal owns a top-25 mark in the 10,000 meters.  He ran that distance in 29:05.54 at the Stanford Invitational on March 30, 22nd-best in the nation.

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