FLAGSTAFF. Ariz. - The Cal State Northridge women's team made a dent in the Matador indoor record book over the weekend at Northern Arizona's Mountain T's Invitational at Walkup Skydome.
The meet which ran Friday and Saturday saw the CSUN women win three of their five dual meet contests while the men won a pair of duals.
More important was the individual performances of the Matador women's squad. Le'Shel Vines ran a meet best 7.45 to win the 60 meters. After converting for the altitude of Flagstaff, Vines' final time of 7.49 equals the school record set by Sherrina Lofton in 2009.
In addition to Vines, Chiza Eze (7.66), Hafsatu Kamara (7.68) and Samantha Dirks (7.68) all reached the 60 meter final. Dirks and Lexis Lambert also ran well in the 400 meters according to head coach Avery Anderson. Lambert ran 56.55 while Dirks was just behind at 56.63.
The women also performed exceptionally well in the field events. Ashley Henry finished second in the high jump with a mark of 5-10.75 (1.80) which moves her into third on the all-time CSUN indoor list as well as 16th nationally this year. Lydia French took third at NAU with a top height of 5-7 (1.70) which is sixth in Matador history.
The pole vault also provided highlights for the Matadors as a trio of vaulters cleared 12 feet. Jenna Yowell, Katrina Wilbanks and Tiana Webberley each cleared a top height of 12-0.50 (3.67) which was good for seventh in a crowded field of vaulters. Wilbanks now ranks fourth of the all-time indoor list with Webberley second (12-10.75) and Yowell third (12-4.75) behind record holder Krystal Quinn (13-1).
In the throws, Jakayla Daniels finished seventh with a top mark of 47-1.75 (14.37) which moved her into the CSUN indoor top-10.
On the men's side, Chris Bryant (7.10) and Kenneth Stone (7.11) ran personal bests in the 60 meters while Grant Weiss also clocked a time of 7.11 in his first indoor meet. Weiss also ran 8.29 in the 60 meter hurdles to reach the event final with teammate Joshua Hemphill who wound up fourth in his heat at 8.21.
"The 400 meter sprinters ran well given the altitude and difficulties running with a lack of oxygen," said Anderson.
In the field events, Michael Manning and Cameron Van Dieren both cleared 15-1 (4.60) in the pole vault and looked really good according to Anderson.
Jory Rucker posted a best of 22-6.25 (6.86) in the long jump before fouling on his remaining jumps but Anderson was impressed nonetheless.
"He's much faster than last year and it's clear to see how he's really developed as a jumper in his time here at CSUN."
In the throws, Evan Arnott was singled out as having a solid meet. Arnott threw a best of 48-10.25 (14.89) in the shot put.
"Evan is really doing a good job as a freshman coming in and compeing with the college implements," added Anderson.
The CSUN men and women will head to the Texas A&M Invitational this weekend (Feb. 15) in their last tuneup before the MPSF Indoor Championships in Seattle on Feb. 28-Mar. 1.
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