June 7, 2010

NCAA Championships Open Wednesday as 12 Matadors Set to Compete

June 7, 2010

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Cal State Northridge track & field will send a squad of 12 to compete at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships at Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The championships get underway on Wednesday, June 9 and will run through Saturday, June 12.

Northridge sends a contingent of six men and six women to the championships. Junior Reindell Cole along with juniors Shelese Ruffin making return trips to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The Matadors sent eight student-athletes to the NCAA Championships in both 2007 and 2009 and sent a then school-record 10 participants to compete at the 2008 national championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Cole, the 2008 NCAA Indoor Long Jump Champion, leads a trio of Matadors who will compete in individual events. Cole comes into the championships with the seventh-best long jump in the field at 25-11 (7.90) set at the NCAA West Region Championships in Austin, Texas. This season marks Cole's third consecutive appearance in the national championships. He did not place n the long jump final last season after posting the top qualifying jump in the preliminary round. Cole finished 10th in the long jump as a freshman with a best of 25-4 (7.48).

The men's long jump trials and final is scheduled for the final day of competition, Saturday, June 12 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Senior Robert Robinson looks to cap an impressive year with a solid finish in the decathlon. The 2010 Big West champion owns the ninth-best decathlon point total in the nation this year after scoring a career-best 7,526 points at the conference championships on May 7-8. This will mark Robinson's first trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The decathlon is scheduled for the second day of competition, Thursday, June 10 beginning with the 100 meters at 10 a.m. The final five events of the decathlon are set for Friday, June 11 beginning with the 110 hurdles at 10 a.m.

Junior Desirae Gonder is also back in the NCAA's after sitting out the 2009 outdoor season. Gonder, who ranks 15th in the heptathlon after scoring a career-best 5,512 points at the Big West Championships, is making her second trip to the national championships. She earned All-America honors in 2008 after finishing fourth in the high jump after clearing 6-0 (1.83).

The heptathlon is scheduled for the first day of competition, Wed., June 9 beginning with the 100 hurdles at 1 p.m. The heptathlon concludes with the 800 meters Thursday at 5:15 p.m.

The men's 4x100 and the women's 4x400 relay teams will also strive to reach their respective event finals. Ben Santos, Reindell Cole, David Reid, Michael Woodham, Bradley Ike and Robert Robinson will make up the men's pool of sprinters available in the 4x100, while Jasmine Cox, Shelese Ruffin, Desirae Gonder, Jackie Harrison, Precious Watkins and LaShandra Batiste will be available for the women's 4x400 relay.

The men's 4x100 relay semifinals are scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m. and the final is set for Saturday at 10:11 a.m. The women's 4x100 relay semifinals get underway Thursday at 7:05 p.m. with the final set for Saturday at 11:40 a.m.

"This is a great opportunity for our athletes to compete at the national meet," said Director of Track & Field Don Strametz. "I know both relays will look to run faster and if they can run faster and everything goes right hopefully they can advance to the final."

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS MEET SCHEDULE/RESULTS Competition at the NCAA Championships begins at 1 p.m. (PDT) on Wednesday, 10 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Live results from the NCAA Championships will be available on the NCAA's web site, www.ncaa.com. Final results will also be posted on www.goducks.com.

SCORING The top eight places in each event score. The points are assigned as follows: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

TELEVISION/WEBCAST CBS and CBS College Sports Network will televise the final two days of the NCAA Championships. CBS College Sports will broadcast live from 5-7 p.m. PDT on Friday (Day Three) and CBS will televise Saturday's final day of competition from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. PDT. In addition, there will be a live webcast of the championships available at www.NCAA.com.

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE IN THE NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP (SINCE 1998):

2010 @ Eugene, Ore. - (12 qualified - 6 men, 6 women)

Reindell Cole, Long Jump

Robert Robinson, Decathlon

4x100 Relay (Ben Santos, Cole, David Reid, Michael Woodham, Bradley Ike, Robinson)

Desirae Gonder, Heptathlon

4x400 Relay (Jasmine Cox, Shelese Ruffin, Desirae Gonder, Jackie Harrison, Precious Watkins, LaShandra Batiste)

2009 @ Fayetteville, Ark. - (8 qualified - 2 men, 6 women)

Reindell Cole, Long Jump (Did not place - fouled on three attempts in final round)

Sherrina Lofton, 100 Meters (20th in prelims - 11.55), Heptathlon (22nd in finals - 4,531 pts)

Stephanie Ralls, Javelin (20th in preliminary round - 149-5)

De'Shawn Waters, 100 Meters (27th in prelims - 10.66), 200 Meters (22nd in prelims - 21.73)

4x100 Relay (Dominique Calvin, Sherrina Lofton, Vanice Colbert, Shelese Ruffin, Precious Watkins, alt.) - 11th in prelims - 44.59)

2008 @ Des Moines, Iowa - (10 qualified - 6 men, 4 women)

DaShalle Andrews, Triple Jump (Did not place - fouled on three attempts in preliminary round)

Reindell Cole, Long Jump (10th in finals - 25-4)

Derek Cooper, Discus (16th in preliminary round - 167-11)

Desirae Gonder, High Jump (Fourth in final - 6-0)

Bradley Ike, 100 Meters (21st in prelims - 10.89)

Justin Johnson, Decathlon (13th in final - 7,256 pts)

Sherrina Lofton, 200 Meters (24th in prelims - 24.04)

Stephanie Ralls, Javelin (10th in finals - 165-5)

Thomas Ross, 110 Hurdles (21st in prelims - 14.01)

Shelese Ruffin, 400 Meters (26th in prelims - 55.37)

2007 @ Sacramento, Calif. - (8 qualified - 3 men, 5 women)

DaShalle Andrews, Long Jump, Triple Jump (National Champion in long jump - 25-2.50), 21st in triple jump preliminary round - 50-1.75)

Rolando Felizola, Long Jump, Triple Jump (11th in long jump final - 23-6), 24th in triple jump preliminary round - 49-6.25)

Deanna Goodwin, 400 Meters (26th in prelims - 54.28)

Thomas Ross, 110 Hurdles (16th in semifinals - 13.92)

4x100 relay (Shauna Hackett, Deanna Goodwin, Sherrina Lofton, Dominique Calvin, Julie Eze, alt. (14th in prelims - 45.18).

2006 @ Sacramento, Calif. - (3 qualified - 2 men, 1 woman)

Anthony Brown, 110 Hurdles (13th in semifinals - 13.97)

Justin Johnson, Decathlon (Did not finish)

Jeré Summers, Shot Put (25th in preliminary round - 48-2).

2005 @ Sacramento, Calif. - (5 qualified - 5 men)

DaShalle Andrews, Long Jump (22nd in preliminary round - 23-4.50)

Tomas Fajardo (Discus - 12th in finals - 170-0)

Jeremy Garcia, Long Jump (22nd in preliminary round - 23-4.50)

Alex Marbley, High Jump (17th in preliminary round - 6-10.75)

Johnny Wiley, Triple Jump (26th in preliminary round - 48-1.25).

2004 @ Austin, Texas - (5 qualified - 2 men, 3 women)

Rashaad Allen, 100 Meters (23rd in prelims - 10.48)

DaShalle Andrews, Long Jump (23rd in preliminary round - 22-8)

Shauna Hackett, 100 Meters (28th in prelims - 11.69)

Laura Sauao, Shot Put (15th in preliminary round - 52-3.25)

Carol Stevenson, Discus (8th in finals - 178-11).

2003 @ Sacramento, Calif. - (7 qualified - 4 men, 3 women)

Comfort Agara, 400 Hurdles (19th in prelims - 59.72)

Rashad Allen, 100 Meters (20th in prelims - 10.79)

Alex Marbley, High Jump (15th in finals - 7-0.25)

Aisha Margain, 200 Meters (28th in prelims - 24.92)

Hung Nguyen, 100 Meters (26th in prelims - 11.03), 200 Meters (DNS)

Jason Romero, High Jump (DNS)

Frances Santin, 400 Hurdles (DQ'd in semifinals).

2002 @ Baton Rouge, La. - (4 qualified - 4 women)

Sammie Freeman, Javelin (Ninth in finals - 162-8)

Heather Heron, 100 Hurdles (15th in finals - 13.63)

Dee Scott, Triple Jump (10th in finals - 42-0)

Annetta Wells, 200 Meters (15th in finals - 23.41).

2001 @ Eugene, Ore. - (5 qualified - 2 men, 3 women)

Steve Lamoure, Hammer (17th in finals - 191-5)

Clinté Motley, High Jump (DNS)

Frances Santin, 400 Hurdles (Fourth in finals - 57.30)

Dee Scott, Triple Jump (18th in finals - 39-8.75)

Carol Stevenson, Hammer (18th in finals - 183-6).

2000 @ Durham, N.C. - (2 qualified - 2 women)

Brandi Prieto, Triple Jump (2nd in finals - 44-3.25)

Nancy James, 800 Meters (15th in prelims - 2:07.53).

1999 @ Boise, Idaho - (1 qualified - 1 woman)

Brandi Prieto, Triple Jump (18th in finals - 42-0.75).

1998 @ Buffalo, N.Y. - (5 qualified - 2 men, 3 women)

Beth Burton, Shot Put (9th in finals - 53-2.25), Hammer (23rd in finals - 178-4)

Billy Bush, Shot Put (18th in finals - 54-2.75)

Joe Criner, 200 Meters (18th in prelims - 21.34)

Cheree Hicks, Shot Put (12th in finals - 52-4), Discus (21st in finals - 154-7)

Christina Tolson, Shot Put (11 in finals - 52-9.50), Hammer (14th in finals - 186-6).

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