Jan. 17, 2009
POCATELLO, Idaho - Cal State Northridge track & field opened the 2009 indoor season at the Bengal Shootout at Idaho State and the Matadors came away with 10 individual event wins as the men posted a 3-2 dual meet record while the women went 2-3.
The meet was scored using head-to-head results between all the teams instead of a traditional standings method. The Northridge men earned wins over Montana State-Billings (81-44), Southern Utah (73-58) and Weber State (69-59) and lost to BYU (75-61) and Idaho State (79.5-60.5). The Matador women defeated Montana State-Billings (82-25) and Southern Utah (73-55) and fell to BYU (87-55), Idaho State (79-63) and Weber State (66-63).
Sherrina Lofton won the 60 meters in a career-best time of 7.56 while LaShandra Batiste was ninth in a time of 8.05 and Jackie Harrison was 12th in 8.17. In the 200 meters, Batiste was 11th in a time of 26.39 and also placed sixth in the 60 meter hurdles in a time of 9.21. Shelese Ruffin ran the fastest time in the 400 meter field as she clocked in at 55.75 while Harrison was second in 57.98. Jasmine Cox was fourth in her first collegiate 800 meter race in a time of 2:20.42. The 4x400 relay team of Candyce Babb, Batiste, Desirae Gonder and Harrison posted the fastest time at 3:53.78 while the team of Tanisha Cooper, Cox, Lofton and Ruffin was second in 3:54.79.
In the distance races, Lilyana Morejon finished 11th in the mile (5:16.04) and was second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:21.38.
Gonder easily took the women's high jump with a height of 5-8 (1.73) while Megan Hill (10-6.25) and Cristi Allen (9-6.50) finished eighth and ninth in the pole vault. In the throws, Whitney Hooks won the shot put with an indoor-bets 47-9.75 (14.57) while Claire Morgan was 15th (34-0.75). Morgan Bogard also threw well as she won the weight throw with a mark of 60-5.25 (18.42) while Morgan was 10th with a throw of 42-5.25.
For the men, Northridge had three sprinters under 7.00 as De'Shawn Waters won the 60 meters in a time of 6.95 while Nick Taylor (6.98) was third and Kevin Nious (6.98) was fourth. Ben Santos finished sixth (7.04) and Robert Robinson (7.10) and Michael Woodham (7.11) were both in the top 11. Eugene Sanchez finished fifth in the 200 meters in a time of 22.61. Nious also ran well in the 400 meters as he finished third (49.39) just off his indoor career best while Sanchez was eighth (50.29). In the 800 meters, Gustavo Hernandez finished ninth (2:06.51) and Adam Marvin was 10th (2:09.19).
Newcomer Lance Gonzales won the 60 meter hurdles in a time of 8.32 while Owen Morse was fourth (8.45), Robinson was seventh (8.53) and Woodham was ninth (8.69). The 4x400 relay team of Marvin, Nious, Sanchez and Taylor finished second in a time of 3:21.85.
In the field events, Thomas Johnson finished fourth in the high jump after matching his indoor career-best with a height of 6-7 (1.96). Robinson was eighth at 6-3.25 while Morse no-heighted. Newcomer Matt Todd placed fourth in the high jump at 15-6.50 (4.74) but Anthony Orozco did not post a height. Robinson and Gonzales went 1-2 in the long jump as Robinson jumped a personal-best 23-0.50 (7.02) and Gonzales jumped 22-4.50 (6.82). Chris Kelly was fifth in the long jump at 21-3.25 (6.48). Senior Rolando Felizola, coming off a redshirt season, picked up where he left off in 2007 as he won the triple jump with a mark of 49-10.50 (15.20), just off his career-best of 50-0. Eric Fremd was third in the triple jump at 46-6 (14.17) followed by Kelly at 46-4.25 (14.13).
In the throws, Alex Butler took second in the shot put with a personal-best of 54-3.25 (16.54) while Cody Pearce claimed the weight throw with a mark of 61-9 (18.82) which was just off his best of 61-11.75.
- GO MATADORS -