Matadors Host Northridge Invitational to Open 2011 Outdoor Season

March 12, 2011

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge hosted its first outdoor meet of the 2011 season as several Matadors performed well and over 1,300 athletes competed at the Northridge Invitational Saturday at the Matador Track Complex.

Crystal Spears was CSUN's top finisher in the 100 meters as she placed 12th in a time of 12.56. Briana Davis was 20th (12.90) and Victorya Jewett was 38th (13.29). Spears finished 10th in the 200 meters posting a time of 25.60 while Lauren Michaels was 20th in 26.37.

Jackie Harrison led a dominating Matador effort in the 400 meters as she ran the top time of 54.48. Precious Watkins was fourth (55.23), Ashley Frazier was sixth (56.73) and Michaels was eighth (58.41). Natalie Wollaston also finished in the top-15 as she ran 59.94 while Vanessa Carr was 21st in 60.49.

Jasmine Cox led the Northridge 800 meter runners with a 13th place finish in a time of 2:19.83 while Carr was 15th (2:20.58), Wollaston was 16th (2:20.59) and Desiree Karotko was 21st (2:22.21).

Olympia Jewett and Alisa Jenkins finished eighth and ninth in the 100 meter hurdles as Jewett ran 14.86 with Jenkins finishing in 14.91. Ese Ntekume was 12th in a time of 15.07. Frazier finished second in the 400 meter hurdles clocking a time of 61.66.

Fany Alvarado led the Matador women in the 1,500 meters placing 24th in a time of 5:02.26. Lilyana Morejon finished second to UCLA's Shannon Murakami in the 3,000 meters as she posted a time of 9:55.27. Zitlalic Ley placed third in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in a time of 11:24.36.

Olympia Jewett led three CSUN women in the top-12 of the long jump as she placed fifth with a best of 17-8.25 (5.39). Ntekume was eighth (17-3.25) and Alisa Jenkins was 12th at 16-7 (5.05). Ntekume and Jewett then went 2-3 in the triple jump as Ntekume posted a mark of 37-11.25 (11.56) with Jewett leaping 37-9.25 (11.51). Ashley Griffith finished in a time for ninth in the high jump clearing a best of 5-3 (1.60).

Defending Big West champion Tiana Webberley took fourth in the pole vault with a top height of 12-1.50 (3.70) while teammate Jenna Hulion was ninth at 11-1.75 (3.40).

In the shot put, Whitney Hooks was second with a mark of 46-0.75 (14.04) while Sydney Hubbard was sixth at 41-4.25 (12.60). Claire Morgan finished well in the discus as she was fifth with a top throw of 140-4 (42.78) while Jamila McIntosh was 17th at 111-1 (33.85). Haylee Varner led all CSUN javelin throwers with a fifth-place finish at 125-6 (38.25) with Jordan DuFault just behind at 110-2 (33.57). In Friday's hammer competition, Chelsea Wordell was CSUN's top thrower as she finished fourth at 163-0 (49.69) just ahead of McIntosh who was fifth at 158-3 (48.23).

For the Matador men, Carl Horsley won the 100 meters running 10.65 while teammate David Reid was sixth in 10.74. Darquis Rucker finished 13th (11.05), Khalid Jones was 34th (11.25) and Donovan Toban was 36th (11.26). Reid was CSUN's top finisher in the 200 meters, clocking a time of 21.79 to finish fourth while Rucker was 14th (22.28) and Eugene Sanchez was 26th (22.62).

Horsley also ran well in the 400 meters as he finished fourth in 48.74 followed by Trevor Carroll in eighth (49.18) and Jones in ninth (49.21).Sanchez was 13th (50.00), Gustavo Hernandez was 16th (50.22) and Bobby Workman was 18th (50.34).

CSUN had two of the top-11 finishers in the 800 meters as Jerrid Lewis was 10th in 1:54.95 and Steven Gonzales was 11th in 1:55.19. Workman finished ninth in the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 54.60

In the distance events, Hunter Hays was CSUN's top finisher in the 1,500 meters as he posted a time of 4:05.20 to finish 22nd. Marvin Gonzales was 28th in 4:09.92 and Julio Mora was 48th in 4:21.31. Juan Olea took 14th in the 3,000 meters in a time of 8:52.95 while Mora also finished eighth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in a time of 10:47.58.

Thomas Johnson won the men's only title of the day as he captured the high jump with a best of 6-10.75 (2.10). Teammate Itua Oiyemhonlan was 18th at 6-0.75 (1.85). Matt Todd posted the Matadors' top height in the pole vault clearing 15-7 (4.75) with Tyler Woodard finishing 17th at 14-7.25 (4.45).

Jose Aviles was the top CSUN performer in the shot put as he finished 22nd with a best of 45-3 (13.79) which was just ahead of Cameron McAteer who was 25th with a mark of 44-8.25 (13.62). Tyler Milton was the top Matador finisher in the discus as he placed 15th with a top mark of 141-0 (42.98). McAteer took seventh in the hammer with a best of 169-2 (51.57) while James Poet was 12th with a best of 156-0 (47.54).