Matador Men Finish Third, Women Fourth at 2012 Big West Track & Field Championships
IRVINE, Calif. - Kemar Marsden and the Cal State Northridge men made a day two charge but finished in third-place while the Matador women saw their six-year run as conference champions end Saturday at the 2012 Big West Track & Field Championships at Anteater Stadium.
The Northridge men, who were in third-place with 38 points through seven events on Friday, tallied 79 points on Saturday but could not move up from a third-place finish. Marsden accounted for 20 points in Saturday's finals as he became the third Matador sprinter in the last four years to sweep both the 100 and 200 meters.
The CSUN women, who were fifth with 30 points after Friday's competition, also tacked on 79 points Saturday to move up to fourth with 109 total points. The Matadors, who scored in nine of 14 events on the final day of competition, missed out on a chance to match Utah State with their seventh consecutive Big West women's team championship.
Marsden led a near Matador sweep in the 100 meters as he matched his season-best with a time of 10.58. Defending champion Carl Horsley was second (10.62) and Thomas Henry was fourth (10.66) as Northridge scored 23 points in the sprint. It was Marsden again the 200 meters as he ran a season-best 21.07 to claim his second tile while Horsley was fifth in 21.62. Marsden then helped the Matadors' 4x100 relay win its fourth consecutive crown as he joined with Darquis Rucker, Henry and Nicholas DiMartino to run a season-best 40.57.
The Matadors also tacked on nine points in the 110 meter hurdles as Michael Woodham was fourth (14.25) followed by Kevin Finley (14.64) in fifth. Ezekial Glass was also a bright spot for the CSUN men as he finished third in the 800 meters in 1:50.10, the highest by a Matador in the event since Chris Puga in 2003. Khalid Jones also ran well in the 400 meters finishing fifth in 48.58 which for him is a season-best. The 4x400 team of Bobby Workman, Jones, Henry and Glass wound up fifth to add four points to the team total.
A trio of Matador men scored in the field events on Saturday as Gavin Fallen took fourth in the discus after throwing a season-best of 165-5 (50.43). Donovan Toban, who was second in Friday's long jump, finished sixth in the triple jump with a best of 47-0.25 (14.33) and Derrick Harris finished tied for seventh in the pole vault with a top height of 15-5.
For the women's squad, Jackie Harrison and Ese Ntekume picked up event wins on Saturday as Harrison won the 400 meters and Ntekume claimed the triple jump. Behind Harrison's first-place finish in the 400 in a season-best 53.50, Jasmine Cox took fourth in 55.89 to give the women 15 points in the sprint. The team picked up a team-high 22 points in the triple jump as Ntekume (40-10.50) posted a season-best followed by Stella Dugall in second (40-0.50) and Olympia Jewett in fifth (39-6.50) who also recorded season-bests.
The Matador women had their eight-year run as 100 meter champion come to an end as well as UC Davis' Melanise Chapman won in 11.67. Precious Watkins was CSUN's top finisher as she took fourth in 11.97 while LeShel Vines was fifth in 12.00 and Briana Davis was seventh in 12.05. Harrison also scored in the 200 meters as she added a sixth-place finish to her 400 meter win. Harrison clocked a season-best of 24.34 while Davis was seventh (24.41) and Watkins came in eighth (24.28).
The Matador women had won either the 4x100 or 4x400 relay in each of the last 10 championships but came up short this season finishing second in the 4x100 (46.04) and fourth in the 4x400 (3:43.68). CSUN's time in the 4x100 relay (Watkins, Vines, Davis, Samantha Dirks) however was nearly one second better than their previous season-best.
In addition to the 22 points in the triple jump, the Matadors added 10 points in the throws as Mariah Counts was fourth in the shot put with a huge season-best of 43-7.75. Sydney Hubbard added three points as she placed sixth with a best of 42-6.75. Catherine Chidester completed the scoring with two points in the hammer with a top throw of 165-0 which is a season-best.
UC Davis captured its first women's championship as the Aggies defeated UC Santa Barbara 170-169.5. Long Beach State was third with 113 points followed by the Matadors in the eight-team competition. The UC Santa Barbara men led from start to finish as the Gauchos posted 179 team points to defeat Long Beach State (150) and CSUN (117) in the eight-team field.
BIG WEST TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 11-12, 2012
Anteater Stadium - UC Irvine
1. UC Santa Barbara - 179
2. Long Beach State - 150
3. Northridge - 117
4. Cal Poly - 111
5. UC Riverside - 102
6. UC Davis - 70
7. UC Irvine - 69
8. Cal State Fullerton - 16
Final Women's Team Scores (21 events scored)
2. UC Santa Barbara - 169.50
3. Long Beach State - 113
4. Northridge - 109
5. UC Riverside - 82
6. Cal State Fullerton - 63
7. UC Irvine - 59
8. Cal Poly - 52.50
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