March 26, 2010
For the second straight season, the Cal State Northridge men's and women's track and field squads will head to UCLA's Drake Stadium for the Cal-Nevada Championships.
This weekend's championships get underway Saturday at 11 a.m. with the women's javelin. The first event on the track Saturday will be the men's 110 hurdles at 1 p.m. The distance carnival (steeplechase, 5000m and 10,000m) is slated for Saturday evening beginning with the first of two sections in the men's steeplechase at 6 p.m. Things get underway Sunday at 11 a.m. with the women's discus while first up on the track Sunday is the men's 4x100 relay at 1:30 p.m. The final event of the meet, the women's 4x400 relay, begins at 4:25 p.m. All field events will be final on the day of competition. Track events will have prelims on Saturday, with finals to follow on Sunday.
UCLA claimed both the men and women won team titles last season. The Bruin men have won the last four Cal-Nevada titles while the UCLA women have won two of the past four championships with San Diego State taking the other two.
The Matador men will look to improve on last season's second-place finish at the Cal-Nevada Championships also held at Drake Stadium. Northridge last won the Cal-Nevada Championship in 2005 when the Matadors scored 157 team points to repeat at the meet held in Fresno. Northridge also won the 2004 championship in San Luis Obsipo with 127 points. The Matadors have had strong second place finishes in 2006 (105 pts.) and again in 2009 (96 pts.).
DeShawn Waters, the defending Cal-Nevada Champion in both the 100 and 200 meters, will not compete this weekend leaving Reindell Cole to defend his long jump title from 2009. The Matadors' 4x100 relay team is also the defending champion.
The Northridge women improved from their fourth-place finish in 2008 to a third-place finish last year. The Matadors last won the Cal-Nevada Championship in 2002 when their scored 129.5 points at Fresno State. Northridge tallied 81 points last year but have posted second place finishes in both 2005 (123 pts.) and 2006 (122.5 pts.).
Sherrina Lofton, the defending Cal-Nevada champion in both the 100 and 200 meters, also will not compete this weekend leaving Stephanie Ralls to defend her javelin title from 2009. The Matador women also are the defending 4x100 relay champions.
Cal State Northridge has a pair of outdoor meets in the books this season and have seven outdoor meets remaining before the conference championships on May 14-15 at the Matador Track Complex.
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