May 2, 2010

Solid Showing for Matadors at Steve Scott Invitational

May 2, 2010

IRVINE, Calif. - Junior Reindell Cole continued his long jump success this weekend by picking up another victory in the event, as both the Cal State Northridge men and women had solid showings at the Steve Scott Invitational at UC Irvine.

Cole, who won the long jump at both the prestigious Texas Relays and the ASU Sun Angel Track Classic in April, posted a mark of 25-5.50 (7.76) at UC Irvine which was again enough to claim the title. Eric Fremd also competed in the event and finished 16th with a season-best mark of 21-1.25 (6.43).

Also on the track at UC Irvine, David Reid finished tenth in the 100 meters in 10.71. Reindell Cole and Michael Woodham finished 18th and 19th, respectively, after each finished the race in a time of 10.79. Ben Santos was not far behind, finishing in 21st in a time of 10.87

Reid also finished fifth in the 200 meter dash in a season-best time of 21.21 while Santos finished 30th in a time of 22.23, also good for a new season-best.

In the 400 meter run, Gustavo Hernandez led the way for the Matadors with a 17th place finish in a time of 50.61, Adam Marvin placed 21st in a time of 51.50 and Hunter Hays placed 30th in a time of 54.74.

In the 800 meter run, Hernandez finished ninth with a time of 1:55.51, Hays placed 19th with a season-best time of 1:59.51, Marvin Gonzalez finished 29th with a time of 2:01.91 and Miguel Galvez finished 34th with a time of 2:03.29.

Daniel Garcia had the best time of all the CSUN runners in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Garcia finished in 10:14.32, good for tenth place. Julio Mora placed 13th in a time of 10:55.07 and Eduardo Garcia placed 15th in a time of 11:20.62.

In the triple jump, Awet Hagos finished seventh and had Northridge's best jump at 47-4.25. Fremd finished 12th with a jump of 44-5.50.

Deleon Carter paced Northridge with a 12th place finish in the 400 meter hurdles, finishing in a time of 55.35. David Perez finished 16th in the same event in a new season-best time of 57.49.

In the throws, Robert Mestas finished second in the javelin throw with a best of 170-11 (52.09). Alex Butler finished fifth for Northridge in the hammer throw with a best of 182-06 (55.63), while James Poet finished 14th in the same event with a best of 149-00 (45.41).

CSUN claimed the title in the 4x100 meter relay, with the quartet of Santos, Reid, Bradley Ike and Cole finishing in a time of 40.20, good for a new season best.

Nic Taylor, Marvin, Ike and Reid finished sixth in the 4x400 meter relay in a time of 3:24.01.

For the women, Morgan Bogard took home the title for Northridge in the hammer throw after a new personal-best throw of 193-03 (58.90), Whitney Hooks placed 10th after a best of 141-06 (43.13) and Claire Morgan placed 14th after a best of 124-06 (37.95).

CSUN had four competitors in the pole vault, with Tiana Webberley leading the way with a third place finish after a season best of 12-8.75 (3.88). Megan Hill, Brittany Hamilton and Cristi Allen finished in order of ninth, tenth and 11th with bests of 11-9.00 (3.58), 11-1.75 (3.40) and 11-1.75 (3.40), respectively. Hamilton's mark tied her personal best, while Allen's mark set a new personal best.

In the javelin throw, Stephanie Ralls claimed the title with a best of 149-2 (45.46). Haylee Varner placed fifth with a best of 130-8 (39.84), Bogard placed ninth with a best of 112-0 (34.14), Morgan placed 11th with a best of 107-9 (32.84), Jenna Hulion placed 15th with a best of 91-2 (27.8) and Shelese Ruffin placed 21st with a best of 68-9 (20.95).

Sharon Wilkinson paced the Matadors with a 14th place finish in a time of 18:09.17 in the 5000 meter run. In the same event, Marissa Cook placed 26th in a time of 19:32.45, which was just off her season-best time of 19.32.02.

In the high jump, Ashley Griffith finished seventh with a best of 5-3 (1.60) and Ese Ntekume finished 13th after a personal-best jump of 5-1 (1.55).

Ntekume also finished fifth in the triple jump with a best of 39-7.75 (12.08).

Northridge swept the 4x100 meter relays with the women's team of Precious Watkins, Sierra Brooks, Ruffin and Desirae Gonder finishing first in a time of 45.71, good for a new CSUN season best.

Of CSUN's four competitor's in the 800 meters, Jasmine Cox had the best finish with a time of 2:09.58, good for a new season best and third place. Erika Gallegos finished 13th in a time of 2:17.49, Natalie Wollaston finished 21st in a new season-best time of 2:23.08 and Desiree Karotko finished 25th in a time of 2:25.90.

In the 100 meter hurdles, LaShandra Batiste finished fifth in 14.61 while Ruffin was 13th in 15.21.

There were several season and personal bests in the 400 meter dash for CSUN. Precious Watkins finished sixth in the 400 meter dash in a season-best time of 55.45, while Crystal Speaks also finished ninth in a new season-best time of 56.77. Brenda Hoffman finished tenth in 56.80, Wollaston finished 21st in a new personal-best time of 60.20, Vanessa Carr finished 23rd in a new personal-best time of 60.46 and Karotko finished 31st in 64.34, also a new personal-best.

Sierra Brooks finished 13th in the 100 meters in 12.10 and 12th in the 200 meters in 24.65. Carr finished 45th in the 200 meters in 27.21.

In the 400 meter hurdles, LaShandra Batiste finished 5th in 62.03 and Vanice Colbert finished eighth in 63.56.

Northridge also took first place in the 4x400, with Brenna Hoffman, Jackie Harrison, Vanice Colbert and Crystal Spears finishing in 3:46.28.

Cal State Northridge will send athletes to the Occidental Invitational next weekend while the heptathletes and decathletes will open the Big West Championships at the Matador Track Complex.

- GO MATADORS -