March 30, 2014

Matador Women Win UCR Spring Classic, CSUN Men Third

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - In the third weekend of the track & field season, Cal State Northridge ramped things up a bit as the Matador women won the UC Riverside Spring Classic while the CSUN men took third.

The Matadors posted many season-bests on both the men's and women's side along with winning several events in the team scoring.

The high jump duo of Ashley Henry and Lydia French continued to battle for the CSUN season lead as both cleared a season-best 5-8.50 (1.74). Henry was deemed the winner of the event based on jumps as both achieved the second-best height in the Big West this season.

Marissa Rossi finished first in the triple jump with a season-best 39-6 (12.04) and was also second in the long jump with another season-best of 19-3.50 (5.88) which is the second-best mark in the Big West this season. Tiana Webberley also cleared a season-best 12.3.50 (3.75) in the pole vault, the fourth-best in the conference so far this season.

In the throws, Monique Griffiths tossed a Big West leader in the discus as she posted a to mark of 168-3 (51.29). Jakayla Daniels (154-11) and Mariah Counts (150-7) also finished in the top-five with their season-bests. Daniels also posted a season-best of 45-8.50 in the sht put while Counts did the same in the javelin at 128-10. All five hammer throwers posted season-bests led by Griffiths mark of 178-2 (54.31) which was good for second place.

On the track, Lexis Lambert ran a season-best 11.99 in the 100 meters to finish fourth while in the 200 meters, Marie Veale (24.06) and Lambert (24.17) finished second and fourth with CSUN season-bests. Stephanie Hicks and Veale both had season-best races in the 100 meter hurdles as Hicks was fifth in 14.18 followed by Veale in 14.23. In the 400 hurdles, Ronisha Vallery ran 1:01.15 to finish second and post the third fastest time in the conference this season.

On the track for the men's squad, Jordan Taylor ran a team season-best 10.77 in the 100 meters in his first meet of the season. Kenneth Stone also ran well finishing in 10.93 in the 100 and winning the 200 meters in 21.72, a team season-best time. Joshua Hemphill clocked a season-best 14.36 in the 110 hurdles which ranks fourth in the Big West. Leran Hutchings lowered his team-best time in the 400 hurdles to 54.82.

Reggie Trotter continued the early season triumphs for the CSUN jumpers as he won the men's high jump with a top height of 6-6.75 (2.00). Trotter's height is tied for second in the Big West early in the season. Cameron Van Dieren also bettered his season-best as he cleared 15-7.75 (4.77) in the pole vault to claim second place.

Evan Arnott had CSUN's top finish in the throwing events as he was fourth in the shot put with a season-best 49-6.25 (15.09). Both Arnott and Eric Beilke had season-bests in both the shot and discus.

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