Long Beach State Track & Field

Long Beach State Track & Field Sending Five To NCAA Finals

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The Long Beach State track and field program was in Sacramento last weekend competing at the NCAA West Prelims, where five Long Beach athletes were able to punch their tickets to the NCAA Finals, which will be in Austin next week.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how everyone performs in Austin at the NCAAs,” said Long Beach State coach Andy Sythe.

Wilson alum Kemonie Briggs advanced in the long jump, Courtne’ Davis in the 100m, Bria Palmer in the high jump, Herman Day in the Decathlon, and Raleigh Adams will join his teammates in the 110m hurdles.

Adams finished fourth overall in the 110m hurdles with his second-fastest and wind-legal time of 13.63 to automatically advance to the NCAA Championships. The junior is currently ranked No.7 in the nation, coming out of the preliminary round, clocking a 13.59.

We’re proud of Raleigh and excited to see what he’ll do at NCAAs,” said Sythe

Davis ran the 10th fastest time in the field, recording a wind legal and lifetime-best of 11.37 to advance to the championships in Austin and continues to hold the second-best time on the all-time LBSU list.

This will be Courtne’s first national championship individually, last year she was an All-American in the 4×100,” said Sythe.

Big West Field Athlete of the Year Briggs had an amazing performance, finishing in seventh place in the long jump with a mark of 7.65m (25-01.25).

Palmer also punched her ticket to the national championships, with an outstanding performance in the high jump. Palmer tied for sixth place, clearing 1.80m (5-10.75) to also tie her personal-best. The senior is currently ranked No.22 in the nation.

Long Beach Poly alum Vincent Calhoun finished up his college career in the high jump with a jump of 6-11.00 to place 17th. The senior was just five spots out from qualifying to the nationals. Calhoun remains in the record books with a jump of 7-03.00 and is considered one of the best jumper the program has seen.


Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.