Track & Field: The Beach Invitational

17 April 2010 – Cerritos College – Falcon Field

The Beach Invitational was held last weekend at a nearby community college. I was able to get onto the field with my pass, but I still had to pay $5 dollar parking… not cool. Haha the pass usually takes care of that, but the guy wouldn’t budge. Anyways it was an all day event, I believe from 9am to 7pm. The Beach Invitational is the only 49er hosted event of the season.

Cerritos’ Falcon field is the only track and field facilities in good enough condition to be used for college track in the Long Beach area.

Chris Sweeney competing in the 400 meters. Jenna Skarzenski / Daily 49er

I find this photo amusing because before I cropped it, and you can still kinda see it, there was a man standing in  front of an astro van with his arms crossed. It looked so odd. Like a rape van or something that I had to crop it. It’s still so distracting to me, but I like Sweeney’s position the best.

Chris Sweeney crosses the line just ahead of teammate Alex Goldberg as they finish second and third, respectively in the fifth heat of the men's 400 meters race at Cerritos College on Saturday. caption by editor / Daily 49er

Richard Crawford, right, crossed the line in 11.03 seconds in the men's 100 meters. caption by editor/ Daily 49er

Nimrod Piggee, seen here in the 100 meters, finished eighth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.65 seconds. caption by editor / Daily 49er

Denise Nunez clocked in at 2:16.99 in the women's 800 meters. caption by editor / Daily 49er

Katrina-Graves Johnson finished in a six way tie for the sixth in the women's high jump. caption by editor/ Daily 49er

Stephanie Glick posted a leap of 35 feet, five inches in the triple jump. caption by editor / Daily 49er

I found this event so odd. It’s called the triple jump and the athletes have to jump three times, the last into the sand. I know about the long jump, but the triple jump just seems like extreme skipping to me or something.

I missed the hurdle events which really bummed me out because they make really good photos.

An interesting side note is that an Olympic Gold Medalist, Felix Sanchez competed in the 400 meter hurdles event. Sanchez had won the gold for the Dominican Republic in the Athens 2004 Olympics. CSULB’s Kenneth Medwood did not compete in the same race, but Sanchez did win the top mark of the event with his 46.67 time. However, Senior Kenneth Medwood established a new school and meet record of 50.37 seconds in the same event.

I was kind of fun shooting track and field. The only key to shooting these events is to be organized and have a list of which events are going on at which times, with the names of your target athletes. Since this was my first time, I didn’t think of that, but luckily the Sports Editor, Danny Lee, was there and let me know when our athletes were competing.

For more figures check out the articles below.

The LB athletic’s department article: “Medwood sets school record in 400-meter hurdles at Beach Invitational

The Daily 49er article: “New school hurdles record established at Beach Invite”