Members of the Long Beach State athletic community says goodbye to one of their own on Friday.
Funeral services will be today in Whittier, Calif, for Cameron Gillett, a long jumper and a runner on the men’s track and field team, who died May 6 in a single car auto accident.
Gillett apparently fell asleep behind the wheel while driving from Long Beach to his home in Norwalk, leading to the accident. His friends and coaches were unanimous and insistent that he abstained from alcohol or recreational drug use.
According to the Long Beach Press Telegram, Gillett, and his mother, Eileen Neal, had exchanged texts around midnight before the accident. He was checking in to let her know that he was having a late dinner of tacos with several teammates.
Gillett, who came to LBSU as a jumper and was one of the 49ers’ top performers in the long jump, had become a conference contender in the 400-meter. Recently, Gillett won the long jump at the Big West Challenge, and had a season-best 48.35 in the 400m. Last season he placed sixth overall in the long jump at the Big West Championships with a collegiate-best 23-05.50.
Need to Know
• As dynasties go, the University at Albany men’s and women’s track and field teams can definitely lay claim to having a pair of them after their championship performance in the America East Outdoor Track and Field event. The Great Dane men, with 204 points, won their seventh consecutive title while the women, with 174 points, won their third consecutive championship and fifth title in six years. Albany’s coaches earned 2011 Coaching Staff of the Year on both the men’s and women’s sides for their efforts in leading the Great Danes to the 2011 conference titles.
• As dynasties go, Norfolk State can definitely lay claim to being one. The Spartans, with 162 points, won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship Saturday at North Carolina A&T. It was their sixth consecutive MEAC title. Maryland Eastern Shore finished second with 137 points and Morgan State followed in third with 72 points. Norfolk State’s Kenneth Giles, for the sixth year in a row, was named the MEAC’S Outstanding Coach.
• For the second consecutive year, Milwaukee’s men and women teams won the Horizon League Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Youngstown State men and women finished second, with Butler placing third on both sides.
Milwaukee senior, Ben Crogan, the 2011 Horizon League Outstanding Performer for Field Events, and head coach Pete Corfeld was named the Men’s and Women’s Horizon League Coach of the Year.
• The remaining teams in the NEC found out just how overrated individual awards are after what Monmouth accomplished. Monmouth, undefeated when hosting a conference competition, fended off Robert Morris to win the NEC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The host Hawks rolled up 143.50 points compared to 133 for the runner-up Colonials. The top performer of the competition was Sacred Heart hurdler Jeremy Rosado. The second-year Pioneer won both the 110m and 400m hurdle races, logging a pair of IC4A Championship qualifying times in the process. For his efforts, Rosado claimed the NEC Most Outstanding Track Performer honor and the Most Valuable Performer award.
• Princeton used its depth across the board to collect 197 points to edge eight-time defending champion Cornell (186 points) to claim the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championship Sunday at Yale’s Cuyler Athletic Complex & Dwyer Field. Princeton’s Donn Cabral and Penn freshman sensation Maalik Reynolds shared Male Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet honor.
• The McMurry University War Hawks, for the sixth consecutive week, are ranked No. 1 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association men’s national team rankings. McMurry holds more than a 32 points lead against defending NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field champion North Central (Ill.). The War Hawks last won an outdoor title in 2008, placed second in 2009 and eighth in 2010.