Matador Track & Field Nabs Two of Four Athlete of the Week Awards

April 1, 2009

IRVINE, Calif. - The awards continued to pour in for the Northridge Track and Field team as the Big West Conference honored Sherrina Lofton and Reindell Cole for their performances at the Cal-Nevada Championships.

Lofton, a junior from Fairfeld, Calif., finished first in both the 100 and 200 meters. Lofton ran a lifetime-best 11.57 in the 100 meters and 23.67 in the 200 meters which was run with a 2.1 wind reading. Lofton was also a member of Northridge's first place 4x100 relay team at the Cal-Nevada Championships. Lofton, who was also named Co-Track Athlete of the Week on Mar. 29, was named the Cal-Nevada Women's Track Athlete of the Meet.

Cole, a sophomore from Las Vegas, Nev., jumped a season-best 25-1.75 (7.60m) in the long jump at the Cal-Nevada Championships to take home the Matadors only field event title. Cole, the 2008 NCAA Indoor Long Jump Champion, now has the second-best mark in the country this season. Cole also claimed the Men's Field Athlete of the Meet for his performance.

Complete Release Courtesy of the Big West Conference

After an excellent weekend of competition at the Cal-Nevada Championships, Cal State Northridge claimed two of the weekly Big West track & field awards it was announced today. Two other schools also claimed individual honors as Cal Poly and UC Irvine came away with weekly all-stars.

The Matadors saw Sherrina Lofton and Reindell Cole claim the Women's Track Athlete of the Week and Men's Field Athlete of the Week, respectively. Lofton's award marked the second straight week she claimed the women's track award.

The Mustang winner of a Big West track & field award went to Derek Thomas who claimed Men's Track Athlete of the Week. Thomas, a freshman from San Leandro, Calif., ran a 3:45.10 for second place in his section of the 1500 at Stanford Invitational, missing the overall win by .09. The true freshman's time was an NCAA regional qualifier and the ninth-best 1500 result in Cal Poly history.

UCI's award 2009 haul continued with the selection of Alisha Misiaita as the Women's Field Athlete of the Week. Misiaita, a junior from San Diego, Calif., won the shot put at the Cal-Nevada Championships Sunday with a lifetime-best mark of 51-09 (15.79m). She broke her own school record of 50-08 that she set a year ago.


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