The Long Beach State track & field team finished strong on the final day of the 2012 Big West Championships as it totaled four individual victories and 11 top-three performances at Anteater Stadium.
The 49er men scored the most points of any team in the conference on the second day of competition, compiling 117 points to jump two spots in the standings, but they were unable to catch UC Santa Barbara, which won its first Big West title with 179 points.
The women tied their best Big West finish in school history, placing third overall with 113 points.
Christopher Lawson led the men, winning the 400m hurdles in 50.66 seconds, finishing second in the 110m hurdles (14.07), anchoring LBSU’s runner-up 4×400 relay team and running the second leg on the third-place 4×100 relay squad. Lawson’s marks in both hurdle events were lifetime bests and were the fourth-fastest times in school history.
Jahmani Lockett finished ahead of the pack in the 400m as he crossed the finish line in a season-best 48.05 seconds.
Ben Woodruff repeated as the Big West champion in the javelin with a toss of 231-03 and Jacob Weintraub claimed the discus title with a personal-record 183-09. Jacob Fraser made it a one-two finish in the discus, posting the second-longest mark of the day at 172-03. Weintraub’s victory marked the second year in a row that a 49er has won the discus as Colin Dunbar took top honors in 2011.
Koree Hines had a third-place showing in the 110m hurdles with a lifetime-best 14.22, which is 10th in program history.
Cameron Glasgow ran a season-best 21.32 to finish second in the 200-meter dash and he also scored in the 100m with a fifth-place showing (10.81). Elijah Landry-Zapien added points in the 200m as he came in sixth (21.79).
After being tripped up in the 800m preliminaries on Friday, Gabriel Hilbert bounced back with a fourth-place finish in the finals, clocking in at 1:50.19.
Both relay squads had all-conference performances. The quartet of Sam Jeter, Hilbert, Lockett and Lawson claimed runner-up honors in the 4×400 with a time of 3:11.41. In the 4×100, Nathan Alade, Lawson, Landry-Zapien and Glasgow took third (41.26).
Brandon Hierholzer was the only 49er to score in the pole vault with a sixth-place showing.
On the women’s side, Phylicia Johnson continued to post solid marks as she concluded the meet as the 49ers’ top scorer, accumulating 21 points.
Johnson, who had not competed in the triple jump since high school, registered a lifetime-best 39-08 to finish fourth overall. That mark ranks seventh in program history. She also put points on the board in the shot put (seventh) and 100m hurdles (fifth).
Kristen Kiefer was another big scorer for Long Beach State as she placed seventh in the 100m hurdles and eighth in the 400m hurdles. On Friday, she scored in the long jump and added points in the heptathlon last weekend.
Emily Cooper had a big day on the track, finishing third in the short sprints. She registered a lifetime-best 24.21 in the 200m, which ranks sixth in LBSU history. Cooper also established a personal-record 11.85 in the 100m hurdles to put her at No. 8 on the 49er all-time charts.
The 4×100 relay team of Kayla Goosby, Saedra Wright, Dee Lars and Cooper placed fourth with a time of 46.55 seconds and the quartet of Jasmine Askew, Phillips, Jessica Barnard and Wright finished fifth in the 4×400. Their time of 3:45.55 ranks sixth in the school record books.