Five More Earn All-America Honors at NCAA Championships
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The Long Beach State 4x100 relay team and UC Santa Barbara senior middle distance runner Jenna Hinkle garnered honorable mention All-America accolades to conclude day two at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.
The five individuals took to the Hayward Field track Thursday afternoon against the nation's best. The Beach quartet of Ashleigh Chambers, Courtne' Davis, Madison Golden and Azaria Hill broke the school record for the third time this season, clocking 44.59 seconds in heat three. LBSU finished seventh in its heat and 18th overall.
The foursome initially set the LBSU record in 44.85 seconds at the MONDO Team Challenge earlier this season, then improved upon that mark with a 44.63 performance at the Big West Championships, helping their squad to the first team title in school history.
Chambers, Davis, Golden and Hill represented the second Beach 4x100 relay team to reach nationals – the first since 2007.
Coming off a school record effort of 4:15.39 in the 1500 meters at the West Preliminary in Sacramento two weeks ago, Hinkle hoped to improve upon that time at nationals. After finishing 19th at the 2017 NCAA's, Hinkle came in 23rd this year with a time of 4:24.07. She was the first Gaucho in school history to qualify for nationals in the 1500m twice in a career.
UCSB's second representative at nationals gets her shot on Friday in the heptathlon. Junior Hope Bender, following in the footsteps of Tori Usgaard (2017) and U.S. Olympian Barbara Nwaba (2010 and 2012) at nationals, competes in four events – the 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters. All of the action will be available on ESPN or ESPN3.