January 30, 2012

Solid Early Season Performance for Matadors at Boise State’s Jacksons Invitational

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BOISE, Idaho - The Cal State Northridge men's and women's team posted some solid perfromances in the second indoor meet of the 2012 season Friday and Saturday at the Jacksons Invitational.

The Matador men picked up event wins from Kemar Marsden (200 meters), Michael Woodham (60 hurdles), Thomas Johnson (high jump) and Jory Rucker (long jump) while Ese Ntekume (60 hurdles, triple jump) and Olympia Jewett (pentathlon) picked up wins on the women's side.

The meet began with the pentathlon and heptathlon and Northridge continues to produce solid multi-event athletes under the tutelage of fomer assistant newly-named head coach Avery Anderson. Jewett won the pentathlon scoring a meet-best 3,604 points while Jordan Dufault was sixth with 3,032 points. In the heptathlon, the Matadors took two of the top three spots as Derrick Harris (4,908) claimed second followed by teammate Donovan Toban (4,754).

The Matador men and women also fared well on the track much like they did at the season-opening Great Dane Classic in New York last weekend. Newcomer Leshel Vines finished fourth in the 60 meters (7.85) after also finishing fourth in the prelims (7.87). The Northridge women took four of the top eight places in the 200 meters as Precious Watkins was second (24.84), Jackie Harrison was third (25.24), Briana Davis was sixth (25.40) and Vines finished eighth (25.87).

In her first indoor race of the season, Jasmine Cox finished fourth in the 800 meters (2:12.65). Ntekume took the first of her two first-place finishes in the 60 meter hurdles after finishing fifth in the prelims (9.08). Ntekume ran 8.99 in the final to hold off a host of sprinters including teammate Stella Dugall who was sixth (9.21). In the 4x400 relay, CSUN finished second in 3:47.32 behind the quartet of Cox, Harrison, Watkins and Shane Mullany-Banks.

Ntekume's first-place finish in the triple jump highlighted the Matador women in the field events. The junior jumped 39-5 (12.07) to edge Dugall who was second at 38-5.50 (11.72). In the pole vault, Jenna Yowell was third with a top height of 11-7.75 (3.55) while Jenna Hulion finished eighth at 11-1.75 (3.40). In the throws, Sydney Hubbard placed ninth in the shot put with a top throw of 42-4 (12.90) and Jamila McIntosh was 18th in the weight throw with a best of 43-3.25 (13.19).

For the Matador men, Thomas Henry ran the top prelim time in the 60 meters before finishing second in the final. Henry clocked a time of 6.98 in the prelims before running 6.94 in the final. Marsden finished third in the prelims (7.01) but did not run in the final while Kenneth Stone was eighth in the prelims (7.30) before false-starting in the final.

Marsden clocked a time of 21.56 to claim the 200 meters ahead of teammate Khalid Jones who was third (22.32). Henry was seventh in 22.48 while Stone finished ninth in 22.59. Jones also finished in the top-five in the 400 after running 49.55 to place fifth with Stone placing 17th (51.25). Woodham had his second straight solid finish in the 60 meter hurdles winning in a time of 8.03 after running 8.20 in the prelims to finish third. The 4x400 relay team of Jones, Stone, Michael Broussard and Marsden finished third in a time of 3:25.60.

Johnson had the top height in the high jump after clearing a season-best 6-8.25 (2.04). The senior now has two top-four finishes in two indoor meets this season. In the pole vault, Dusty Brown was 10th (15-1) with Joshua Schroder 11th at 14-7.25. Rucker completed a solid effort by the Matador jumpers with a first-place finish in the long jump at 22-8 (6.91).

In the two throwing events, Jose Aviles took second in the shot put (51-4.50) and 10th in the weight throw (50-4.50) while teammate Tucker Weathers was fourth in the shot put (49-8.50) and eighth in the weight throw (51-11.25).

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