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LBSU track and field ends award-filled season

Seven 49ers earned track and field All-America honorable mentions for their performance this season.

Freshman Jasmine Bass qualified to the NCAA West Preliminaries in her first year at Long Beach State.

John Fajardo | LBSU Athletics

Freshman Jasmine Bass qualified to the NCAA West Preliminaries in her first year at Long Beach State.

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The Long Beach State track and field team ran faster, jumped higher and threw harder than ever before to break several long held school records throughout the 2015 season.

The 49er men’s squad began its postseason run winning the Big West title for the third consecutive year, marking the first three-peat in school history. Then they kept their run alive, advancing seven athletes to the national championships, the most in head coach Andy Sythe’s 26 years with the program.

For LBSU, none of the athletes placed, but each received U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-American honorable mentions.

For seniors Cameron Glasgow, who earned the Big West Track Athlete of the Year, and Chris Low, it was their second All-American award for their performances in the 400m and 800m races, respectively.

Junior Willie Alexander, Big West Men’s Field Athlete of the Year, earned his third honorable mention, but first in the long jump.

The women’s team finished seventh in the Big West and had four athletes qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary Championships.

Freshman Jasmine Bass moved into second overall in 49er history with a personal best 40-foot-11.5-inch distance in the triple jump that earned her a third place finish at the Big West Championships. Bass fell just short of Miia Mobley’s record 41-foot-1-inch distance set in 2008.

The women’s 4×100 relay, consisting of junior Brianna Wilson, senior Jasmine Askew, freshmen Ashleigh Chambers and Hollie Harris, ran into third overall in school history with a time of 45.44 seconds.

Overall, LBSU had 23 track and field athletes earn All-Big West Honors for their performance in the Big West Championships.

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