After opening the outdoor season at its own Northridge Invitational on Mar. 15-16, the Matador men and women have had a busy week in both Southern and Northern California.
The week opened for CSUN at the Pasadena Games and Distance Carnival where the Matador's performed well. Among the standout performances on the men's side in Pasadena was Hunter Hays finishing first among 47 runners in the 1,500 meters. Hays clocked a season-best 3:53.82. Several of the CSUN distance runners also got their first shot at running the 5,000 meters this season with Martin Santillan posting a team-best 16:51.87.
In the 800 meters, Ezekial Glass was third in a season-best time of 1:54.79. In the field events, Derrick Harris set a season-best in the pole vault, clearing 14-1.25 (4.30).
For the women's squad in Pasadena, Samantha Dirks led the sprinters with a third-place finish in the 100 meters, finishing in a season-best 11.91. Lexis Lambert (12.04) and Chiza Eze (12.06) finished just behind Dirks. Eze also ran well in the 200 meters, posting a season-best 24.57 which was good for fourth.
Vanessa Carr clocked a season-best 2:19.36 to take third in the 800 meters while the Matador women also ran the 5,000 meters for the first time. Yvonne Castillo-Urbina had CSUN's top time winning the race in 18:19.91.
The women's side also had a pair of solid performances in the field as Niah Simmons won the high jump (5-1) and Tiana Webberley claimed the pole vault (12-7.50). Monique Griffiths had a huge PR in the discus as she defeated the field with a season-best throw of 160-3 (48.84). Jordan DuFault also PR'd in the javelin as she finished second at 117-4 (35.77) which is CSUN's best javelin mark this season.
Traveling to Stanford for the weekend, the Matadors also performed well according to head coach Avery Anderson.
"The team had a great overall weekend at Stanford," said Anderson. "The sprints went well for both the men and women and the relay and jumps also did well. I was pleased with how we competed at the meet and had a good showing as an entire team."
Carl Horsley got things off to a solid start for the men, running a blistering 10.57 in the 100 meter prelims. Nicholas DiMartino also ran a season-best 10.85 in the 100 before finishing eighth in the 200 meters, also running a season-best 21.63. Kevin Finley clocked a season-best 14.91 in the 110 hurdles to place eighth in the prelims.
In the high jump, Donovan Toban made his first appearance of the outdoor season finishing eighth at 6-5 (1.96). Toban was injured in the heptathlon at the MPSF Indoor Championships in late February. Also in the jumps, Derion Taylor finished third in a season-best 48-5.25 (14.76).
Among the throwing events, Tucker Weathers had a solid day in the shot put finishing second in a season-best 55-10.25 (17.02).
For the women, Hafsatu Kamara took eighth in the 100 meter final in a time of 11.94 which is just a shade of CSUN's season-best. Le'Shel Vines improved on her season-best in the 200 meters after clocking a time of 24.45.
Among the highlights in the field events for the women at Stanford were Jealinda Mills and Marissa Rossi finishing 1-2 in the triple jump. Mills jumped a season-best 39-1.25 (11.92) while Rossi posted a season-best of 39-0.25 (11.89).
In a discus field that included Olympian Stephanie Brown Trafton, Griffiths finished seventh despite tossing a season-best 164-11 (50.28). Mariah Counts also performed well in the discus posting a season-best 147-0 (44.80).
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