March 26, 2009
IRVINE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge junior Sherrina Lofton was named Big West Conference Women's Track Co-Athlete of the Week after her performance at the Northridge Spring Break Open Multi-Events last week.
Lofton, a junior from Fairfield, ran an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 23.94 in the 200 meters as part of the heptathlon at the Spring Break Open. She went on to score 5,420 points in the heptathlon, also an NCAA provisional mark. Her point total is 1,095 points better than her previous career-best (4,325).
Lofton, the Big West Women's Track Athlete of the Year in 2008, was also honored as Women's Track Athlete of the Week on Apr. 16 and Apr. 30 of the 2008 outdoor season.
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UC Irvine was the lone school to claim multiple weekly Big West Track & Field honors after a solid weekend of results, while three other schools nabbed the remaining accolades.
The Anteaters nabbed the Men's Track Athlete of the Week in Charles Jock and the Women's Field Athlete of the Week in Lauren Collins. Jock, a freshman from San Diego, won the 800 meters with an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 1:49.18 at UCI's Spring Break Invitational. His time ranks fourth all-time at UCI and is the fastest 800 recorded by a UCI runner in 21 years. Charles' time is less than two seconds behind school-record holder Steve Scott (1:47.6 in 1978).
Collins, a junior from Lake Forest, won the heptathlon with a school-record total of 5,549 points at last week's Northridge Spring Break Open Multi-Events. Her marks were 14.20 in the 100-meter hurdles, 5-10 in the high jump, 36-3 in the shot put, 25.41 in the 200 meters, 18-8 in the long jump, 116-3 in the javelin throw and 2:17.27 in the 800 meters. Collins broke her previous UCI record of 5,512 set in 2007, while her score at Northridge is an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships, the USA Track & Field Championships and ranks seventh in the world this season as of Monday.
Two athletes shared the Women's Track Athlete of the Week award as Cal State Fullerton's Ciara Short and Cal State Northridge's Sherrina Lofton were honored with the weekly accolade.
Short, a sophomore from San Diego, finished first in the 400 (54.15), fourth in the 200 (24.22) and helped the Titan 4x100 relay team come through with a fourth place finish (46.57) at the USC Trojan Invitational. Her 400 time is a school record, an NCAA Regional qualifying mark and the top result in the Big West this season.
The final honor of the week went to Ray Green of UC Davis as he claimed the Men's Field Athlete of the Week award. Green finished first in the triple jump with mark of 15.03 meters (49-03.75) at Hornet Invitational at Sacramento State. He surpassed the qualifying mark for the NCAA Division I Regionals for the second week in a row and has the top mark in the Big West so far this season.
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