May 16, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge men's and women's track and field teams both captured league outdoor titles Saturday at the Big West Championships. The women won their fourth-straight title with 198 points and the men's team took home their second title in three years with 176.50 points.
In all, the Matadors won 11 different Big West titles on Saturday, with the men winning six events and the women's team capturing five events.
For head coach Don Strametz, the women's title is the 11th in his 29 seasons at the helm of the program. On the men's side, the title is Strametz's sixth league championship in 24 seasons.
Saturday, the Matadors put on an impressive showing in both field events and on the track. The Matadors swept the 100m and 200m titles in both the men's and women's segment and combined to take three of the four total relays.
In the field events, the men's side grabbed two titles, javelin and triple jump, and the women put impressive numbers in the triple jump and shot put.
Up next for Northridge is a trip the NCAA Western Regionals in Eugene, Ore., on the campus of the University of Oregon. Both teams will be bringing a large contingent of student-athletes to compete in the event that runs on May 29 and 30.
On the men's side, senior Rolando Felizola won the men's triple jump and the Matadors swept the 100-meter dash. They also took individual titles in the discus, 4x100m relay and the javelin.
Felizola leapt 15.73 meters (51-07.25 feet) to claim the Big West title. His season-best mark of 15.92m has already punched a ticket to the West Regionals and he also won the men's long jump crown on Friday.
Awet Hagos finished seventh in the triple jump with a mark of 14.67m (48-01.75 feet) to bring the team's take to 12 points in the event.
In the sprints, De'Shawn Waters (10.53), Reindell Cole (10.70) and Ben Santos (10.73) finished first, second and third, respectively, in the 100m dash to give CSUN the sweep. Freshman Michael Woodham finished in eighth place to give the Matadors 25 points in the event.
Waters doubled his win total with a victory in the 200m, racing to a 21.449 finish to edge UCSB's Jason Newland. Kevin Nious took fifth in the event (21.80) and Nick Taylor finished sixth (21.83) to add to CSUN's haul in the event.
Nious placed second in the 400m, finishing in 47.66 to add eight points to the Matadors' total.
Gustavo Hernandez took seventh place in the 800m, finishing in 1:54.34 and set a new personal best.
In the hurdles, Robert Robinson took third in the 110-meter event, finishing in 14.23 seconds to qualify for regionals. Michael Woodham took sixth (14.84) and Lance Gonzales placed eighth (15.12) in the event as well.
The Matador men continued their winning ways with a victory in the 4x100m relay, taking the title in 40.55 seconds. The CSUN 4x400m men's team finished fifth in a time of 3:14.24.
In the field events, Anthony Orozco finished eighth in the pole vault with a clearance of 4.90m (16-00.75).
Gonzales, fresh off his performance in the 110-meter hurdles, won the men's javelin with a throw of 63.76m (209-02). That performance is a new season best and earns an invitation to the NCAA West Regionals.
En route to their fourth-straight Big West Outdoor Track and Field Championship, the Matador women picked up individual titles in the three top sprints and in the two relays.
Not to be outdone by the men, the Matador women took the top four sports in the 100m dash. Sherrina Lofton took the title, winning in 11.58 seconds. She was followed by Precious Watkins (11.74), Dominique Calvin (11.86) and Tara Prier (11.95) to give the Matadors 29 points.
In the 200m, Lofton took home her second title of the day, winning the event in a season-best 23.90. Prier (24.28) took third, Watkins placed fourth (24.30) and Calvin (24.49) took fifth in the event.
In the 400m hurdles, Batiste took fifth with a time of 1:02.48.
The relays continued the Matadors' dominance, as the women's team swept the 4x100m and 4x400m events. In the 4x100m, the women's team finished in 44.88 seconds, over a second ahead of the next finisher. In the 4x400m, the Matadors won in a time of 3:40.43. Both times are regional qualifying marks.
In the field events, the Matador women had some impressive performances. Stella Dugall took third in the women's triple jump with a mark of 12.74m (41-09.75). In the shot put, Whitney Hooks also placed third, posting a shot of 13.92m (45-08.00).