June 10, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Sophomore Reindell Cole posted the best long jump of the day as he broke his own Northridge record in the event with a leap of 26-11.25 (8.21) in qualifying Wednesday at the NCAA Championships at Arkansas' John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark.
Cole easily posted the best mark of the day among the 27 jumpers in the men's field. After fouling on his first attempt the sophomore from Las Vegas, Nev., jumped 7.74 meters on his second attempt before breaking his school record with the 8.21 meter leap. Cole's previous best and Matador record was 26-9.75 (8.17) which he set as a freshman in 2008.
The long jump final is scheduled for Thursday at 4:45 p.m. CDT.
Also on Wednesday, the women's 4x100 meter relay team of Precious Watkins, Sherrina Lofton, Dominique Calvin and Shelese Ruffin finished fourth in heat four and 11th overall in a season-best time of 44.59. Northridge finished just two spots out of qualifying for the event final.
Lofton, who opens the heptathlon competition on Thursday, also came back to compete in the 100 meters where she finished fifth in her heat and 20th overall in a time of 11.55. Lofton's personal and season-best of 11.45 would have been enough to advance to the semifinals.
Junior De'Shawn Waters suffered the same fate in the men's 100 as he ran 10.66 to finish seventh in his heat and 27th overall. Waters will attempt to advance in the 200 meters on Thursday.
In the field on Wednesday, junior Stephanie Ralls finished eighth in her flight of the women's javelin (20th overall) with a throw of 149-5 (45.54m). Ralls, who finished 10th at the 2008 NCAA Championships, does not advance to the final.
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