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Big West Sends 76 Athletes To NCAA West Prelims In Sacramento



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The Big West will enter 76 athletes into the NCAA West Preliminary in Sacramento, Calif. next week.

Forty-one men’s and 35 women’s athletes will compete inside Hornet Stadium for three days of competition from May 24-26.  Each individual event will have 48 competitors, relays will have 24 teams, and the top 12 finishers will advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.

CSUN will bring the largest contingent of 16 individuals with Long Beach State close behind at 15.  Cal State Fullerton will have 12 representatives.  UC Davis will send eight athletes, followed by UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara with seven.  UC Riverside (5), Cal Poly (4) and Hawai‘i (2) will also have representation.

Among the entries for the West Preliminary Round, there are five Big West athletes seeded in the top-10 regionally.  Those are as follows:

CSUN junior Erick Loomis is the Big West’s highest ranked men’s athlete at the West Preliminary meet.  The thrower is seeded No. 5 in the hammer throw.  Loomis has surpassed 200 feet in all seven meets he has competed in this season, including a school record 223-11 at the Triton Invitational.  That mark is currently the 18th best nationally.  Loomis won gold in the hammer at the Big West meet with a top throw of 210 feet, 3 inches.  


Long Beach State junior Kemonie Briggs will make his third NCAA West Preliminary appearance in the long jump.  He ranks No. 7 in the West Region with a top mark of 26 feet even.  Briggs achieved that mark at the Big West Championships on May 12 to win the event for the third straight year.  It was his fourth career jump of 26 feet or better.  He became the second individual in conference meet history to win gold three straight years, the other being UC Riverside’s Ted Hooper (2012-14).

Hawai‘i sophomore Lily Lowe is tied with UC Davis junior Erinn Beattie for the No. 5 high jump ranking in the West Region – the highest among Big West women.  Lowe captured first place in the event at the Big West Championships with a career-best mark of 6-00.50, a half inch better than her previous PR at the Mt. SAC Relays three weeks earlier.  Lowe moved into a tie with Samantha Balentine for second place in the UH record book.  Lowe and Balentine (2013) are the two Rainbow Wahine to earn gold in the high jump at the Big West meet.  Lowe also participated in the 2017 West Prelim.

UC Davis junior Erinn Beattie achieved her career-best high jump mark of 6-00.50 as part of her school record-breaking performance in the heptathlon at the Bryan Clay Invitational.  Beattie bested Anikia Jackson’s 5,125-point mark achieved at the 2010 Big West Multi-Events competition with a 5,387-point effort.  She broke her previous school record of 5-10.75 in the high jump with that leap.  Beattie is tied with Hawaii’s Lily Lowe for No. 8 nationally – just two of 13 high jumpers to break the six foot mark this season.  This will be the third straight West Prelim meet for Beattie.

UC Santa Barbara senior Jenna Hinkle won the 1,500 meters at the Big West Championships for the second straight year.  She clocked 4:28.56, a step slower than her 2017 winning mark of 4:27.49.  However, she brings the 18th-fastest time in the West Region into the West Preliminary meet, posting a 4:19.11 at the Aztec Invitational on March 24.  Hinkle is seeded ninth among the 48 entries in this event.  In addition, Hinkle became the first individual in the history of the Big West meet to capture gold in both the 1,500 and 5,000 meter races.  Hinkle appeared in the 2017 West Prelim in Austin, Texas.

Other individuals seeded just outside of the top 10 at the meet are as follows:

• Cal Poly senior Swarnjit Boyal is entered in the men’s 10,000 meters with the 14th-fastest time in the West Region, a 29:05.54 achieved at the Stanford Invitational on March 30.  Boyal is seeded No. 13 in the West Prelim.

• UC Davis senior Marc Toney claimed Big West gold in the pole vault with a clearance of 17-03.75.  He tied the Aggie record shared by two others on April 20 at the Beach Invitational, clearing the bar at 17-06.50 – tied for the nation’s 12th-best effort this year. He is seeded No. 13 at the West Prelim.

• CSUN freshman De’Andreah Young qualified on the strength of her career-best 400 meter hurdles time of 57.81 – No. 12 in the West Region and No. 25 nationally.  It is the third-fastest time in Matador history. 

• UC Santa Barbara senior Kiely Gode enters the meet ranked No. 13 in the West Region for the long jump.  She broke the school record on April 28 at the Blue-Green Rivalry Dual with a leap of 20-09.75.  It puts her 24th on the national list.  She placed second at the Big West meet with a top mark of 19-11.75.