February 26, 2011

Sherrina Lofton Breaks Her Own School Record in the Pentathlon at MPSF Indoor Championships

Feb. 26, 2011

SEATTLE, Wash. - Cal State Northridge's Sherrina Lofton continued her impressive 2011 indoor season by winning the MPSF pentathlon with a school record and NCAA qualifying 4,092 points at the conference championships at Washington's Dempsey Indoor.

The Matador women earned a total of 22 points to finish eighth while the CSUN men earned 13.5 points to finish 10th. The Matador women were the top scoring of the three Big West Conference teams entered. Oregon won the women's title with 138 points while Stanford took home the men's crown with 107.50 points.

In addition to Lofton, senior Desirae Gonder also earned six points with her third place finish in the pentathlon, junior Jackie Harrison picked up four points in the 400 meters after finishing fifth and senior Whitney Hooks earned two points in the shot put.

On the men's side, junior Michael Woodham had the Matadors' best finish as he earned six points with a third place finish in the 60 meter hurdles. Senior De'Shawn Waters took fourth in the 60 meters to earn five points while freshman Carl Horsley was right behind in eighth to pick up one point. Senior Matt Todd rounded out the men's team scoring after picking up 1.5 points with a seventh place finish in the pole vault.

Lofton, who redshirted the 2010 indoor and outdoor seasons, has come back strong in 2011 as evidenced by her NCAA automatic qualifying score of 4,092 points. The senior from Fairfield, Calif. posted an indoor personal-best in four of the five pentathlon events and bettered her previous record she set earlier this season with 3,936 points. She finished second int the 60 meter hurdles in a time of 8.77 which earned her 959 points. Lofton then tied for second in the high jump clearing a personal-best height of 5-8 (1.73) to earn an additional 891 points. She also finished second in both the shot put (38-9) and 800 meters (2:18.35) with PR's in both events. The only event she didn't post a PR was the long jump where she finished third with a best of 18-7 (5.66).

Gonder also performed well in the pentathlon setting a personal-best of 3,802 points which is 293 points better than her previous best. She won the high jump portion of the pentathlon clearing a season-best of 5-9.25 (1.76). Junior Alisa Jenkins finished ninth with a season-best 3,364 points and freshman Olympia Jewett was 10th with 3,307 points.

Harrison also scored for the women's squad as she ran an indoor personal-best 55.46 to finish fifth in the 400 meters. Jasmine Cox finished 13th in a season-best 56.51 while Ashley Frazier was 20th (57.24), Shane Mullany-Banks was 23rd (58.69) and Lauren Michaels was 24th (58.97).

Also in the sprints, Precious Watkins finished eighth in the 60 meter prelims in a personal-best 7.57 but did not advance to the final. Sierra Brooks took 15th in a time of 7.71 which matches her indoor best. Watkins finished 13th in the 200 meters in 24.20 followed by Brooks who was 21st in a PR of 25.13. Michaels finished 31st in 26.49. In the 60 meter hurdles, Frazier finished 18th in a time of 9.53.

In the lone distance race run by the Matador women, senior Lilyana Morejon broke her own school record in the 5,000 meters clocking a time of 16:44.11 which broke her previous record of 16:54.77.

Northridge failed to score in all but one field event but Tiana Webberley did PR in the pole vault after clearing 12-2 (3.71) to finish 12th. Ese Ntekume was 17th in the triple jump with a best of 36-9.50 (11.21) while Chelsea Wordell was 11th in the weight throw (48-10) followed by teammate Jamilah McIntosh in 16th with a toss of 45-2.25. Hooks posted a season-best of 45-9 (13.94) in the shot put to finish seventh while Wordell was 18th (34-5.50) and McIntosh was 19th (33-9.25).

Woodham's third place finish in the men's 60 meter hurdles was Northridge's best of the championships. The junior ran an indoor lifetime-best 8.09 in the final and also ran the same in the prelims. Donovan Toban finished 13th in the prelims in a season-best 8.41 and Noah Blue was 14th in a season-best of 8.42.

Waters, who also redshirted in 2010, ran his first 60 meter race of the season and finished fourth in a season-best 6.87. Horsley was eighth in a season-best 6.91 after running 6.93 in the prelims. Toban also ran a season-best in the prelims clocking a time of 6.98.

Todd's pole vault height of 16-3.50 (4.97) earned the CSUN men 1.5 points and was an indoor personal-best. Tyler Woodard finished 13th with a top height of 15-3.75 (4.67).

In the other sprints, senior David Reid finished 12th in the 200 meters in a time of 21.89 while Horsley was 16th (21.98) and Darquis Rucker was 24th (22.87). In the 400 meters, Khalid Jones had the Matadors' top time as he ran 49.93 to place 24th followed by Trevor Carroll (50.45) in 26th, Gustavo Hernandez (50.51) in 27th and Olatunbosun Oshunluyi was 28th in 50.79.

In the 800 meters, Jerrid Lewis finished 16th in a season-best 1:55.52 followed by Steven Gonzales in 17th also running a personal-best 1:55.65. Hunter Hays wound up 31st in the 3,000 meters posting a time of 9:03.14 and Juan Olea was 28th in the 5,000 meters in a time of 15:33.71.

Both Matador relay teams finished 10th as the 4x400 team ran 3:20.82 while the distance medley team ran 10:30.75.

Junior Cameron McAteer had CSUN's best finish in the field events after taking ninth in the weight throw with a mark of 49-9.25 (18.17). Jose Aviles was 10th with a season-best of 45-9.75 (13.96). Aviles then took 17th in the shot put with a best of 45-9.75 (13.96) while McAteer was 18th with a mark of 40-6 (13.24). Toban finished 12th in the long jump (22-9.25) and 13th in the triple jump (45-1.50) while Jory Rucker was 16th in the long jump with a season-best best leap of 22-4.25 (6.81).

Kevin Finley concluded the competition with a ninth place finish in the heptathlon, posting a season-best 4,930 points.

- GO MATADORS -

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