The Long Beach State track and field team kicked off its first scored meet Friday, with the men claiming first place at the 27th Annual Big West Challenge at Santa Barbara with a score of 202.5 and the women earning second with a score of 178.5.
The team knows it’s going to compete at UCLA despite it being an off-event, but it still brings a high level of competition that Sythe said he hopes will give the team more experience and help build it improve.
Whether he’s rolling around on his scooter, shifting in his seat during an interview or winning a cross country race, Long Beach State freshman runner Tyler Spencer is always on the move. The Long Beach native just became the Big West Conference Freshman of the year. The award came after Spencer gave Long Beach its highest place finish, 8th, in the conference championships since 2013. He did so in a race where he was the first freshman across the line. “[Top 10] was definitely one of my goals,” Spencer said. “I was really happy because that’s what I really wanted to do.” Not all athletes set specific goals, but Spencer does. He wants to push himself to be the best competitor that he can be. Crossing specific accomplishments off a mental list helps him calibrate his progress on that journey. “He doesn’t want to be just good or okay, he wants to be great,” head coach Shawn Winget said. Spencer started running cross country when he was eight years old, meaning he already has a decade of experience in the sport. Prior to that, he had already started running track and field. “I got into cross country through my track
Long Beach State Track and Field came out with a big statement Thursday, earning two spots in the National Championship meet on the very first day of the NCAA West Preliminaries. Jason Smith and Sal Nassar will move on to the NCAA championship meet in Eugene, Oregon after placing with the top 10 in the long jump Thursday. The first day of the NCAA West Preliminaries saw Smith and Nassar place in fourth and ninth respectively, with scores of 7.77 meters and 7.70 meters. Smith received the Big West Field Athlete of the Year award earlier this year, and proved to be one of the top athletes in the west. Big West Freshman of the Year Shalee Reynolds moved on to the quarterfinals in the 400 meter hurdles, finishing in third place in her heat to be one of the 24 runners moving on to the second day of competition. Long Beach will have four student-athletes returning to action Friday with, Josh Carr competing in his second event, the men’s discus, while Courtne’ Davis and Ashleigh Chambers will both run in the first round of the 200 meter dash. You can find live results via the NCAA at https://www.ncaa.com/sites/default/files/external/track-field/results/d1/outdoor18/West/index.htm.