Northridge Track & Field Update from Mt. SAC Relays

April 18, 2009

WALNUT, Calif. - Cal State Northridge opened competition at the 2009 Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday with senior Cody Pearce finishing 10th in the hammer throw and Bobby Olivera competing in the 10,000 meters.

In the men's hammer, contested at Cerritos College, Pearce posted a mark of 186-3 (56.76) which is just .13 meters off his season-best of 186-8.

In the 10,000 meters, Olivera ran the fastest Northridge time of the season at 30:57.65 to finish 38th in a large field.

As the main portion of the meet got underway on Friday, several Matadors had impressive results.

Tara Prier ran her first 100 meter heat of the season and clocked a personal-best 11.85 to win her section. Precious Watkins, also in the same heat, matched her career-best after running 11.90 to finish second to Prier. Dominique Calvin also competed and ran 11.90 to eclipse her previous season-best of 12.00.

In the men's 100 meters, De'Shawn Waters was impressive, defeating the field in a season-best time of 10.42. Waters, already had an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 10.44. Ben Santos also ran well, finishing ninth in a season-best 10.65, easily besting the 10.78 he ran in Austin, Texas.

LaShandra Batiste finished seventh in the 400 meter hurdles in a season-best 61:14, almost a full second better than her previous best. Vanice Colbert placed 25th in a time of 1:05.12.

Prier was also impressive in the 200 meters as she finished sixth in a time of 23.99, which was just .05 off Sherrina Lofton's Northridge season-best. Calvin easily beat her previous best with a time of 24.12 which was second in her heat and eighth overall. Shelese Ruffin also ran 24.63 and Watkins ran 24.64.

Kevin Nious ran the best 400 meters of his Northridge career as he defeated the field in a time of 47.48. Nious bettered his previous lifetime-best by .10. In the women's 400, Jackie Harrison won her heat in a time of 55.70 which was ninth-best overall. Brenna Hoffman finished 25th in a time of 58.64.

In the relays, the men's 4x100 team of Santos, Waters, Nic Taylor and Reindell Cole ran the Matadors' fastest time of the season at 40.49. Northridge came in with a season-best of 40.70 set at the Cal-Nevada Championships three weeks ago.

The Matador hurdlers struggled on Friday as Lance Gonzales finished 17th (15.09) and Michael Woodham was 23rd (15.27) in the men's 110 hurdles. Stella Dugall finished 13th in the women's 100 hurdles in 14.42,which was well off her season-best of 14.25.

In the women's 5,000 meters, Lilyana Morejon continued to knock time off her previous best. Morejon came into the season with a lifetime-best of 17:55.77 and improved that to 17:03.58 at the Cal-Nevada Championships. She then bettered that with a time of 17:00.03 on Friday to finish seventh among 40 runners.

Action at the Mt. SAC Relays continues all day Saturday.


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