Feb. 15, 2009
SEATTLE, Wash. - In their final tuneup before the MPSF Indoor Championships, several Cal State Northridge track & field student-athletes bettered their previous-bests at the Husky Classic at Dempsey Indoor.
Two Matador women participated in the 60 meters as Stella Dugall finished fifth in her heat at 8.03 and Lauren Michaels was fourth in her heat at 8.21. Neither reached the 60 meter final. Dugall also ran the 60 meter hurdles finishing in a season-best 9.04. Jasmine Cox finished first in her section of the 200 meters in a time of 25.81 while Jackie Harrison ran 26.02 and Tanisha Cooper clocked a time of 26.17. In the 400 meters, Cox ran a Matador-best 56.00 which is nearly three seconds better than her previous indoor best. Brenna Hoffman ran a personal-best 56.93 to win her heat while Harrison ran 56.84 to also claim her section, Cooper finished in 59.05 followed by Michaels at 59.12. In her second indoor meet of the season, Lilyana Morejon finished the 3,000 meters in a season-best and school record time of 9:57.63.
The Matador 4x400 relay team of Cooper, Michaels, Harrison and Hoffman finished first in their heat with a time of 3:49.61.
In the field events, Desirae Gonder improved on her season-best in the high jump with a height of 5-10.50 (1.79) to finish tied for second. Megan Hill finished tied for 15th in the pole vault but did vault a season-best 11-0.25 (3.36). Fellow vaulters Brittany Hamilton and Cristi Allen failed to height. Dugall led her section of the long jump with a lifetime-best mark of 18-4.50 (5.60) and was ninth in the triple jump with a mark of 37-10 (11.53). Morgan Bogard was the lone Matador thrower in the weight throw competition where she finished third with a throw of 59-4 (18.08).
For the Northridge men, no sprinter bettered his season-best in the 60 meters as De'Shawn Waters ran 6.95, Ben Santos ran 7.00, Nic Taylor ran 7.01 and Kevin Nious ran 7.18. Only Waters reached the final and he ran 6.97 to take fifth. In the 200 meters, Waters ran a season-best 21.82 to win his heat while Taylor (22.08) and Santos (22.78) also bettered their season-best times. Nious was the only Matador to run the 400 meters finishing third in his heat with a personal-best 48.89. In the 60 meter hurdles, Michael Woodham ran a season-best 8.43 in the prelims and narrowly missed advancing to the final.
The Northridge 4x400 relay team of Nious, Tayor, Waters and Woodham ran a season-best 3:20.24 to place third in their heat.
In the field, Thomas Johnson shattered his previous best in the high jump with a height of 6-10.75 (2.10) to finish seventh. Johnson's previous indoor best was 6-7 (2.01). In the pole vault, Matt Todd had his best performance of the 2009 indoor season as he vaulted 16-1.25 (4.91) to tie for second. Anthony Orozco also bettered his previous indoor best with a height of 15-7.25 (4.76) which left him tied for fifth. In his first long jump competition of the season, Reindell Cole finished fourth in his flight with a distance of 24-0.25 (7.32) which he achieved on his first of six jumps. Eric Fremd also made his first long jump appearance of the season and finished at 20-10 (6.35). Rolando Felizola won his flight of the triple jump with a mark of 49-5 (15.06) which was well off his personal and season best. Fremd finished second in his flight with a season-best jump of 47-1.75 (14.37).
The Northridge men's and women's track & field teams will return to Washington's Dempsey Indoor facility on Feb. 27-28 for the MPSF Indoor Championships.
- GO MATADORS -