IRVINE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge sophomore Olympia Jewett scored a career-best 5,040 points to finish third in the heptathlon at the Big West Championships Saturday at UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium. In the decathlon, the Matador men finished fifth, sixth and ninth.
Jewett, who's previous best of 4,878 points came at the season-opening Northridge Invitational, was fourth with 3,109 points after day one on Friday. She then finished second in the long jump, ninth in the javelin and seventh in the 800 meters to earn an additional 1,931 points on Saturday.
Jewett matched her season-bests in the high jump (5-5) and shot put (37-6.75) on Friday and set season-bests in both the long jump (5.57m) and the javelin (107-3) on Saturday. Her two-day point total of 5,040 ranks eighth in Northridge history and gives the Matadors six points as they look to capture their seventh consecutive conference championship.
Sophomore Jordan DuFault also competed for the Matadors and finished ninth with a lifetime-best 4,512 points. DuFault ran a season-best 15.82 in the 100 meter hurdles on Friday and also posted season-bests in the high jump (4-11) as well as the 200 meters (10.72). On Saturday, DuFault opened with a season-best 5.21m in the long jump before throwing a season-best 125-5 in the javelin and running 2:40.62 in the 800 meters.
Barbara Nwaba of UC Santa Barbara won the heptathlon with 5,709 points which is the most by a heptahlete since UNLV's Sheila Tarr scored 5,856 points in 1984.
In the decathlon, Derrick Harris finished a team-best fifth with 6,441 points while Kevin Finley was sixth (6,407) and Donovan Toban was ninth (6,257). Northridge scored a total of seven points in the event.
Harris was sixth after five events on Friday scoring 3,446 points. He then finished second in the pole vault (14-10.75) and was third in the discus (120-11) to highlight Saturday's events. Harris' total of 6,441 is just 24 points off his season-best.
Finley scored a career-best 6,407 points to capture sixth place. During the championships, he posted season-bests in the 100 meters (11.34), the long jump (6.45), the high jump (6-1.50) and had the top time among the nine competitors in the 110 hurdles (14.94).
Toban, who was second to eventual champion Derek Masterson after scoring 3,728 over five events on Friday, slipped to ninth after scoring 2,529 points in Saturday's final five events. Toban, who has missed the last month of training with an injury, recorded season-bests in the 100 meters (11.03) and had the second-best mark in the long jump during the championships.
The main portion of the championships gets underway next Friday, May 11. All events will take place at UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium.
BIG WEST TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Friday-Saturday, May 4-5, 2012
Anteater Stadium - UC Irvine
1. Barbara Nwaba, UCSB - 5,709
2. Sara Macey, Long Beach State - 5,160
3. Olympia Jewett, CSUN - 5,040
4. Kristen Kiefer, Long Beach State - 4,985
5. Phylicia Johnson, Long Beach State - 4,932
6. Whitney Sisler, Cal Poly - 4,839
7. Wendy Izquierdo, Long Beach State - 4,809
8. Jazmine Lewis, UC Riverside - 4,557
9. Jordan DuFault, CSUN - 4,512
10. Lacey Surak, UC Irvine - 4,438
11. Calynn Stanford, Cal Poly - 4,339
12. Kira Rienecker, UC Davis - 4,185
Murphy Nicholson, UC Davis - DNF
1. Derek Masterson, UCSB - 7,355
2. Mikael Powers, UCSB - 6,966
3. Dillon Fox, Long Beach State - 6,595
4. Mark Horist, Long Beach State - 6,541
5. Derrick Harris, CSUN - 6,441
6. Kevin Finley, CSUN - 6,407
7. Josh Codding, UCSB - 6,389
8. Devin Bennett, Cal Poly - 6,310
9. Donovan Toban, CSUN - 6,257
- GO MATADORS -