March 24, 2010
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Traveling to their first meet of the 2010 outdoor season, Cal State Northridge received several season-bests among both the men and women Saturday at the USC Trojan Invitational at Loker Stadium/Cromwell Field.
For the women on the track, Sierra Brooks competed in her first 100 meters of the season and ran 12.21 to finish sixth. In the 200 meters, Jasmine Cox ran a season-best 25.45 and Crystal Spears clocked a time of 25.62, also a season-best. Senior Shelese Ruffin ran her first 400 meter race of the outdoor season and finished fifth in a Northridge season-best 55.28. Cox also ran well, posting a season-best 56.25 while Precious Watkins was 21st in 57.05. In the 400 hurdles, Vanice Colbert ran a season-best 1:03.31 to finish fifth.
In the distance events, Zitlalic Ley ran a season-best 4:55.72 in the 1,500 meters and Sharon Wilkinson also posted a lifetime-best with a time of 4:59.37. Wilkinson also competed in the 3,000 meters and again posted a career-best time of 10:32.76. Marissa Crook also bettered her lifetime-best with a time of 11:09.70.
Ashley Griffith equaled her season-best of 5-5 (1.65) to win her section of the high jump, Megan Hill easily beat her previous career-best with a height of 11-9.75 (3.60) in the pole vault while Jenna Hulion also set a season-best at 11-1.75 (3.40).
The Matador women also had a solid day in the throws as Whitney Hooks posted a season-best of 46-0 (14.02) while all three Northridge hammer throwers posted season-bests. Morgan Bogard won section A of the hammer with a season-best of 187-3 (57.08), the sixth-best mark in the nation this year. Claire Morgan threw 149-11 (45.70) and Hooks tossed 146-3 (44.58), both career-bests.
Northridge Multi-Events At the Northridge Invitational Multi-Events on Thursday and Friday (Mar. 18-19), Desirae Gonder scored a season-best 5,099 points to win the heptathlon. Gonder posted posted a season-best of 5-9.25 (1.76) in the high jump, the seventh-best height in the nation this year. She also set a career-best with a jump of 19-4.25 (5.90) in the long jump.
- GO MATADORS -