Matadors Split Squads at Stanford, Cal State Los Angeles
A majority of the Cal State Northridge men's and women's track & field teams competed at the Tony Lister Classic at Cal State LA on Saturday while a select few of the team ventured to Northern California to compete at the Stanford Invitational.
At Stanford, the Matador sprinters were led by Kemar Marsden who finished seventh in the 100 meter final in a time of 10.70. Marsden led a trio of CSUN sprinters in the prelims running a season-best 10.58 while Thomas Henry and Darquis Rucker each ran 10.96. Marsden also ran the 200 meters posting a time of 22.59 while Rucker finished in 22.81.
Senior Michael Wooham ran 14.48 in the 110 meter hurdles to finish fourth after clocking a season-best of 14.45 in the prelims. The Matadors 4x100 relay team finished fourth in the field with a time of 40.93 which is a season-best.
Senior Thomas Johnson competed in the high jump at Stanford and placed second among 12 jumpers in his flight with a best of 6-7 (2.01) which is just off his season-best of 6-8.75. Donovan Toban finished ninth in the triple jump with a top mark of 48-11.75 (14.93) which he achieved on his third attempt before fouling the rest of the way. Tucker Weathers was the lone Matador to compete in the throws at Stanford, finishing fourth in the hammer at 170-11 (52.09) and fouling on all three attempts in the shot put.
For the Matador women at Stanford, LaShel Vines ran 12.23 in the 100 meter prelims but did not advance to the final. Jasmine Cox and Precious Watkins both ran well in the 400 meters as Cox took first (55.52) followed bt Watkins in second (55.93) in heat two of the event. Ese Ntekume and Shane Mullany-Banks competed in the hurdles with Ntekume taking ninth in her heat of the 100 meters (15.20) and Mullan-Banks finishing second in the 400 in a season-best 62.36.
Ntekume also competed in the triple jump taking third in her flight with a top jump of 39-6.50 (12.05). Jamila McIntosh competed in the hammer and went on to place seventh in her section with a top mark of 160-4 (48.86) which is a season-best.
At the Tiny Lister Classic at Cal State Los Angeles, the Matador women had three sprinters in the 100 meters with Brianna Davis running a team-best 12.20 which matched her season-best. Samantha Dirks ran 12.26 followed by Tiffain Reneau at 12.63 which is also a season-best. The same trio also ran the 200 meters with Dirks running 25.01 followed by Davis (25.15) and Reneau (25.51).
Several Matadors ran the 800 meters with Ana Rosales finishing in a team and season-best 2:17.86. Natalie Wollaston (2:20.22), Vanessa Carr (2:20.65), Jackie Harrison (2:20.71), LeGia Pendergraph (2:22.49), Mikaela Vaden (2:22.87), Desiree Karotko (2:25.93) and Annalise Lopez (2:36.09) rounded out the CSUN runners. Pendergraph and Araceli Zainos competed in the 1,500 meters with Penderpraph finishing fifth in a season-best 4:52.84 and Zainos also clocking a season-best time of 4:59.74. Zainos also ran the 3,000 meters finishing third in a time of 10:42.39.
The women's 4x100 team of Reneau, Davis, Dirks and Victorya Jewett finished third in a time of 47.74 while the 4x400 team of Carr, Wollaston, Vaden and Pendergraph took first in 4:04.36.
In the field events, Jenn Yowell and Jenna Hulion finished 2-3 in the pole vault as Yowell cleared a season-best 12-1.50 (3.70) while Hulion's top height was 11-7.75 (3.55) which also was a season-best. Jewett was second in her flight of the long jump at 16-4.25 (4.98) and was eighth in the triple jump at 31-10 (9.70).
In the throws, Sydney Hubbard (13.29) and Mariah Counts (12.41), competed in the shot put, Claire Morgan (45.67), Chelsea Wordell (42.50), Catherine Chidester (38.63) and Julienne Lewis -Sidqe (34.44) competed in the discus and Wordell (48.67), Lewis-Sidqe (45.30) and Chidester (42.27) competed in the hammer.
On the men's side, Kenneth Stone ran a season-best 21.92 in the 200 meters while Oshunluyi Olatonbosun finished in 22.42 followed by Eugene Sanchez in 23.09. Bobby Workman ran a season-best 49.18 in the 400 meters while Olatonbosun also posted a season-best 49.50 and Sanchez finished in 52.13.
Kevin Finley clocked a season-best time of 14.72 to finish third in the 110 hurdles and went on to run the 400 hurdles finishing in 53.92 followed by teammate Michael Broussard in 57.78.
Hunter Hays posted the second-fastest time in the 1,500 meters after running a season-best 3:59.52 while teammate Julio Mora was 13th in 4:18.09 followed by Eduardo Garcia in 4:32.53. In the 3,000 meters, Cesar Lopez finished in 9:07.23 while Mora finished in 9:35.07.
The 4x100 relay squad of Workman, Olatunbosun, Sanchez and Broussard finished in a time of 42.42 and the same team ran 3:24.29 to finish fourth in the 4x400.
Jory Rucker posted a season-best 6.72 in the long jump while Gavin Fallen (47.28) and Tyler MIlton (43.28) each posted an early season-best throw in the discus as did Alex Murphy in the javelin (53.39) and Jose Aviles (16.36) in the shot put.
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