SEATTLE, Wash. - Cal State Northridge sent three women and two men to compete in the multi-event competition Friday and Saturday at the UW Invitational at Dempsey Indoor. Donovan Toban led the Matador men with a sixth-place finish while Stephanie Hicks was 21st to lead the CSUN women.
Toban finished the seven events of the men's pentathlon with 5,061 points which is just 26 points off his career-best in the event. Toban's best score of the meet came in the first event as he won the 60 meters in a time of 6.97 to earn 893 points. He then added 847 points in the long jump, 565 in the shot put and 696 in the high jump to complete day one with 3,001 points which was good for second.
Saturday's final day also saw the senior start fast as he finished fourth in the 60 meter hurdles (8.41) to pick up 881 points. He finished the meet with 431 points in the pole vault and 748 points in the 1,000 meters to earn a total of 5,061 points, 528 behind Oregon's Dakotah Keys.
Derrick Harris also competed for the Matadors and finished 14th with 4,190 points. Harris' best event of the meet was also the 60 meters as he finished second to Toban in 7.01 to earn 879 points. He then fouled on his attempts in the long jump and earned zero points which all but took him out of the running.
In the pentathlon, Hicks finished 21st with a total of 3,198 with Jealinda Mills taking 24th with 3,132 points. Shawnta Barnes also competed but did not complete all five events.
Hicks finished sixth in the 60 hurdles in a time of 8.71 to earn 971 points while Barnes was 12th (8.93) to earn 925 points and Mills was 28th (9.60) to earn 789 points.
Barnes was the Matadors' top finisher in the high jump as she cleared 5-0.50 (1.54) to pick up 666 points. Hicks was 21st with a top height of 4-11.50 and Mills was 26th at 4-9. Hicks then went to earn 534 points in the shot put, 628 in the long jump and 502 in the 800 meters. Mills picked up 464 in the shot put, 559 in the long jump and 685 in the 800 meters. Barnes finished 29th in the shot put which turned out to be her final event of the competition.
- GO MATADORS -