ARMORY, NY - Cal State Northridge men's and women's track & field opened the 2014 indoor season Friday and Saturday at the Armory Track & Field Center in New York. A contingent of 40 Matador men and women competed in the Great Dance Classic and the NYU Saturday Night Shootout.
In Friday's Great Dane Classic, hosted by the University of Albany, the CSUN women earned 42.5 points while the men scored 39 points as partial squads competed on each side. Carl Horsley was named Men's Track MVP of the meet for his performance in the 60 meters. On Saturday, the Matadors moved on to the NYU Saturday Night Shootout and the CSUN women piled up an impressive 135 points to win the meet by a wide margin over St. John's (86.5 points). The Matador men took home 85.5 points to finish second.
The women had a strong opening meet as Le'Shel Vines won the 60 meters in a time of 7.60 while Marie Veale was sixth in 7.68 and Chiza Eze was ninth in 7.72. Veale was also sixth in the 200 meters running a CSUN best 24.50 with Lexis Lambert just behind at 25.00. Stephanie Hicks took fifth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.85 which was an improvement on her 8.87 in the prelims.
Newcomer Lydia French finished third in the high jump clearing a height of 5-7 (1.70) while Katrina Wilbanks took fifth in the pole vault with a top height of 11-9.75 (3.60). Marissa Rossi finished sixth in the triple jump (38-11) and 12th in the long jump (17-8.75). Sydney Hubbard had the top performance of the throwers finishing fourth in the shot put at 45-9.75.
The men's squad received scoring performances from 2013 Outdoor All-American Carl Horlsey who ran 6.77 in the 60 meter final after running 6.87 in the prelims. Horsley was second only to Reggie Dixon (6.75) who competed for Zenith Velocity. Newcomer Kiyoshi Johnson finished 52nd in the prelims in a time of 7.25.
Joshua Hemphill also scored in the 60m hurdles as he placed eighth in the final to earn five points. Hemphill ran 8.28 in the prelims before posting a time of 8.20 in the final. Kevin Finley also ran 8.45 in the prelims. Another newcomer Christian Carter earned three points in the 500 meter dash in a time of 1:05.58.
In the high jump, Lohnnie Tape-Jackson and Reggie Trotter shared seventh place to earn 2.5 points apiece as each cleared 6-4.25 (1.94). Jory Rucker finished second in the long jump with a best of 23-7.25 (7.19) to add eight points while Derion Taylor did the same in the triple jump, posting a best of 48-10.25 (14.89).
Next it was on to the NYU Saturday Night Shootout at the same facility as others competed in addition to those from the previous day.
Eze and Hafsatu Kamara led the women in the 60 meters as Eze finished third at 7.70 and Kamara was fifth in 7.75. Eze had the second-best prelim time at 7.72. Veale and Vines went 2-3 in the 200 meters at 24.71 and 25.05 while Lambert ran 56.50 to finish third in the 400 meters with Samantha Dirks just behind in fifth at 56.73.
The CSUN women dominated the 60m hurdles taking four of the top six spots with Hicks (8.83) finishing second, Veale (8.96) third, Kim Dargel (8.99) fourth and Olympia Jewett (9.34) sixth.
The 4x400 relay team of Lambert, Vines, Eze and Dirks finished second in a time of 3:47.27.
French was again impressive in the high jump clearing a meet day best of 1.70 while teammate Ashley Henry was third at 1.60. Wilbanks won the pole vault at 3.75 just edging teammate Tiana Webberley who also cleared 3.75. Jealinda Mills was third in the long jump (5.54) while Cydney Leath won the triple jump at 11.61 with Mills fifth at 11.09. In the throws, Jakayla Daniels took second in the shot put at 12.82.
Horsley was impressive again on the track Saturday finishing with the top time in the 200 meters, 21.54. Newcomer Chris Bryant finished 24th in the 60 prelims (7.21) while Carter and Leran Hutchings went 7-8 in the 400 meters. Hemphill was equally impressive in the 60 hurdles as he clocked a meet best 8.29 with Finley fifth at 8.48. Another newcomer Alex Monsivaiz finished second in the 800 meters in a time of 1:53.17.
In the 4x400 relay, the team of Isaiah Cantu, Hutchings, Kenneth Stone and Carter were fourth in a time of 3:24.43 while the 1,600 sprint medley team of Kenneth Stone, Bryant, Khalid Jones and Monsivaiz ran a winning time of 3:33.16.
Tape-Jackson finished second in the high jump at 1.99 followed by Trotter who was fourth at 1.94 with Taylor 10th at 1.89. Taylor turned in the fourth-best mark in the triple jump at 14.33 while Rucker was third this time in the long jump at 6.85. Cameron Van Dieren took fifth in the pole vault clearing a best of 4.45. In the throws, Joseph Blue was fourth in the shot put with a best of 14.71 while Evan Arnott was 10th at 13.93.
The Matadors will next be in action Feb. 8 at the Mountain T's Invitational at Northern Arizona.
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