June 9, 2009

NCAA Championships Open Wednesday as All Matadors Set to Compete

June 9, 2009

Eight Cal State Northridge track & field standouts will open competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Arkansas' John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark. on Wednesday, June 10. The championship meet, which runs through Saturday, June 13, marks the end of the collegiate track & field season.

Northridge sends a contingent of six women and two men to the championships with sophomore Reindell Cole along with juniors Sherrina Lofton, Shelese Ruffin and Stephanie Ralls making return trips to the Outdoor Championships.

The Matadors also sent eight student-athletes to the NCAA Championships in Sacramento in 2007 before sending a school-record 10 participants to compete at last season's championship in Des Moines, Iowa.

Cole, the 2008 NCAA Indoor Long Jump Champion, finished second in the long jump at the NCAA West Regional with a leap of 25-8.25 (7.83). He comes into the championships ranked eighth among 27 competitors with a season-best mark of 25-9.50 (7.86) which he accomplished at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in April. Cole, the 2008 Big West Freshman of the Year, is the Cal State Northridge record holder in the long jump with a distance of 26-9.75 (8.17) which he set at the Steve Scott Invitational at UC Irvine on May 3, 2008. He finished 10th at the 2008 NCAA Championships.

The men's long jump qualifying is scheduled for the first day of competition, Wed., June 10 at 4 p.m. The long jump final is scheduled for Thursday, June 11 at 4:45 p.m.

Waters, a junior from Hercules, Calif., is making his debut at the NCAA Championships after qualifying in both the 100 and 200 meters. After winning both the 100 and 200 at the Big West Championships. Waters finished in the top-five in both the 100 and 200 meters at the NCAA West Regional in Oregon. Waters, who ran a lifetime-best 10.42 in Friday's 100 prelims, finished .01 off that time with a 10.43 to finish third in the final. Then after running a blistering season-best 21.07 in the 200 prelims, he ran 21.32 to finish fourth in the final. He comes in ranked 24th in the 200 and 28th in the 100.

Waters begins 100 meter qualifying Wednesday, June 10 at 6:15 p.m. The semifinals begin at 7:40 p.m. and the final is scheduled for Friday, June 12 at 7:45 p.m. The 200 meter competition gets underway Thursday, June 11 with the first round at 6:25 p.m. The semifinals are set for 7:45 p.m. and the final is slated for Saturday, June 13 at 12:42 p.m.

Lofton is making her third consecutive trip to the NCAA's as she qualifies in both the 100 meters and heptathlon after earning a berth in the 200 meters a year ago. She was part of the Matadors' 4x100 relay team in Sacramento as a freshman in 2007. Lofton, the two-time Big West champion in both the 100 and 200 meters, comes into the NCAA's ranked 20th in the 100 meters with a lifetime-best 11.45. Lofton ran her career-best in the prelims before running 11.52 in the final to capture fifth-place and the automatic qualifier. She also comes in with the 15th-best heptathlon total (5,420) of the 27 competitors in the field. The Big West heptathlon champion will also be a part of the Matadors' 4x100 meter relay team.

Lofton begins 100 meter qualifying Wednesday, June 10 at 6:00 p.m. The semifinals begin at 7:30 p.m. with the final scheduled for Friday, June 12 at 7:35 p.m. The heptathlon competition kicks off on Thursday, June 11 at 11:15 a.m. The final three events begin Friday, June 12 at 1:45 p.m. The women's 4x100 relay competition gets underway Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Ralls, the Big West runner-up in the javelin at 145-8 (44.40), earned her second straight trip to the NCAA's by virtue of her season-best throw of 159-3 (48.54). Ralls, who finished 11th at the NCAA West Regional in Oregon, tossed her season-best at the Cal-Nevada Championships in March. She finished 10th at the 2008 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa with a lifetime-best throw of 165-5 (50.43).

The women's javelin qualifying gets underway Thursday, June 10 at 5:30 p.m. with the final scheduled for Friday, June 12 at 5:30 p.m.

The fourth other women (Dominique Calvin, Vanice Colbert, Shelese Ruffin and Precious Watkins) will be available to run in the 4x100 meter relay. Calvin also ran as part of the Matadors' 4x100 relay in 2007 while Ruffin reached the 400 meters in 2008.

The women's 4x100 relay competition gets underway Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS MEET SCHEDULE/RESULTS Competition at the NCAA Championships begins at 8:30 a.m. (PDT) on Wednesday and Thursday, at 9 a.m. on Friday and at 8 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. For more information, go to www.ArkansasRazorbacks.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 will televise the final two hours of the meet live from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. CBS College Sports (Comcast Cable channel 412) will have a live broadcast window on Friday from 4-7 p.m. In addition, other than when CBS/CBS College Sports is on the air, there will be a live web cast of the championships available at www.NCAA.com and www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

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

2009 @ Fayetteville, Ark. - (8 qualified - 6 women, 2 men) Reindell Cole (Long Jump), Sherrina Lofton (100 Meters, Heptathlon), Stephanie Ralls (Javelin), De'Shawn Waters (100, 200 Meters), 4x100 Relay (Dominique Calvin, Lofton, Vanice Colbert, Shelese Ruffin, Precious Watkins).

2008 @ Des Moines, Iowa - (10 qualified - 6 men, 4 women) DaShalle Andrews (Triple Jump), Reindell Cole (Long Jump), Derek Cooper (Discus), Desirae Gonder (High Jump), Bradley Ike (100 Meters), Justin Johnson (Decathlon), Sherrina Lofton (200 Meters), Stephanie Ralls (Javelin), Thomas Ross (110 Hurdles), Shelese Ruffin (400 Meters).

2007 @ Sacramento, Calif. - (8 qualified - 3 men, 1 woman + relay) DaShalle Andrews (Long Jump, Triple Jump), Rolando Felizola (Long Jump, Triple Jump), Deanna Goodwin (400 Meters), Thomas Ross (110 Hurdles), 4x100 relay (Shauna Hackett, Goodwin, Lofton, Dominique Calvin, Julie Eze).

2006 @ Sacramento, Calif. - (2 qualified - 2 men, 1 woman) Anthony Brown (110 Hurdles), Justin Johnson (Decathlon), Jeré Summers (Shot Put).

2005 @ Sacramento, Calif. - (5 qualified - 5 men) DaShalle Andrews (Long Jump), Tomas Fajardo (Discus), Jeremy Garcia (Long Jump), Alex Marbley (High Jump), Johnny Wiley (Triple Jump).

2004 @ Austin, Texas - (5 qualified - 2 men, 3 women) Rashaad Allen (100 Meters), DaShalle Andrews (Long Jump), Shauna Hackett (100 Meters), Laura Sauao (Shot Put), Carol Stevenson (Discus).

2003 @ Sacramento, Calif. - (7 qualified - 4 men, 3 women) Comfort Agara (400 Hurdles), Rashad Allen (100 Meters), Alex Marbley (High Jump), Aisha Margain (200 Meters), Hung Nguyen (100 Meters), Jason Romero (High Jump), Frances Santin (400 Hurdles).

2002 @ Baton Rouge, La. - (4 qualified - 4 women): Sammie Freeman (Javelin), Heather Heron (100 Hurdles), Dee Scott (Triple Jump), Annetta Wells (200 Meters).

2001 @ Eugene, Ore. - (5 qualified - 2 men, 3 women) Steve Lamoure, Clinté Motley, Frances Santin, Dee Scott, Carol Stevenson.

2000 @ Durham, N.C. - (2 qualified - 2 women) Brandi Prieto (Triple Jump), Nancy James (800 Meters).

1999 @ Boise, Idaho - (1 qualified - 1 woman) Brandi Prieto (Triple Jump).

1998 @ Buffalo, N.Y. - (5 qualified - 2 men, 3 women) Beth Burton (Shot Put, Hammer), Billy Bush (Shot Put), Joe Criner (200 Meters), Cheree Hicks (Shot Put, Discus), Christina Tolson (Shot Put, Hammer).

- GO MATADORS -

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