NEW YORK, NY - The Cal State Northridge men's and women's track & field teams opened the 2012 indoor season Friday at the Great Dane Classic at the Armory Track & Field Center.
The women, led by senior Jackie Harrison and junior Tiana Webberley, scored 38 points to finish eighth among 23 teams. The men's squad finished with 16 points to take 15th-place among the 23 teams competing.
Webberley set a personal indoor-best after clearing a top height of 12-9.5 (3.90) to earn 10 of CSUN's 38 points. She came within .09 of the Northridge indoor pole vault record of 13-1 (3.99) set by Krystal Quinn in 2008. The Matadors also got a seventh-place finish from sophomore Jenna Yowell (11-9.75) and a 13th-place finish from Jenna Hulion (11-3.75).
Harrison led the Matadors on the track by winning the 400 meters in an indoor lifetime-best 54.89. Harrison's time betters her previous best (55.46) and ranks third in Northridge indoor history. Senior Preciuos Watkins added six points to Harrison's 10 points by finishing third in the 400 in a career-best time of 55.30.
Also on the track, sophomore Briana Davis finished seventh in the 60 meter final in a time of 7.97 while Watkins clocked a team-best 7.63 in the prelims while freshman Leshel Vines ran 7.91 and freshman Tiffain Reneau clocked a time of 8.10. In her prelim heat, Davis ran 7.86 to finish second.
A trio of Matadors ran the 200 meters with Davis finishing 32nd in 25.91, Reneau finishing 41st in 26.15 and Vines finishing 45th in 26.51.
Northridge competed just one runner in the distance events as junior Ana Rosales finished 22nd in the mile (5:18.86) and 21st in the 3,000 meters (10:35.40).
Also in the field events, senior Ese Ntekume picked up six points with a third-place finish in the triple jump, posting a lifetime-best 40-1.25 (12.22) which is the fifth-best mark in Matador indoor history. Ntekume also finished seventh (3 pts.) in the long jump after jumping 18-9 (5.71) which shattered her previous best of 17-5.25 (5.31). Sophomore Olympia Jewett finished 15th in the long jump (17-3.5) and was 19th in the high jump (5-3, 1.60).
Victorya Jewett finished 17th in the long jump (17-0, 5.18) while senior Stella Dugall was 12th in the long jump (18-0.25, 5.49). In the throws, Sydney Hubbard was eighth in the shot put (41-8.50, 12.71).
The men's team performance was highlighted by Michael Woodham in the hurdles and Thomas Johnson in the high jump.
Woodham finished fifth in the 60 meter hurdles in a time of 8.23 to earn five points while Johnson was fourth in the high jump clearing 6-7 to also pick up five points.
On the track, sophomore Carl Horsley ran a personal-best 6.90 to finish third in the 60 meter prelims while teammates Thomas Henry finished 21st (7.02) and Derrick Harris was 27th (7.06). Khalid Jones had the Matadors' top finish in the 200 meters clocking a time of 22.05 which was good for 10th-place. Kenneth Stone was 21st (22.47) and Henry was 43rd (23.10).
In the 400 meters, Jones finished 12th in a time of 49.36 while Horsley was 27th (50.93) and Stone was 33rd (51.22).
Hunter Hays was the lone Matador men's distance runner finishing 15th in the mile (PR 4:19.33) and 34th in the 3,000 meters (8:59.80).
In additon to Woodam's performance in the hurdles, sophomore Kevin Finlsey was sixth (8.35), junior Donovan Toban was 10th (8.49) and Harris was 31st (9.23).
Johnson led three Matador jumpers into the top-22 in the event as Toban was 13th (6-5, 1.96) and Harris was 22nd (6-1.25, 1.86). In the pole vault, Joshua Schroder was seventh with a top height of 15-3 (4.65) while Tyler Woodard was 14th (14-9) and Harris 15th (14-9).
Sophomore Jory Rucker had CSUN's best finish in the long jump as he jumped 22-0.75 (6.72) to finish 15th. Junior Tucker Weathers had the Matadors top finish in the throws as he placed fifth in the shot put with a top mark of 53-7.75 (16.35). Jose Aviles was 14th at 48-11 (14.91) while Weathers was 10th in the weight throw (49-9.75) followed by Aviles in 11th (48-2).
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