Matadors Head To USC Tri-Meet Looking For Continued Improvement

April 1, 2011

As the 2011 outdoor season enters its fourth week, the Cal State Northridge men's and women's track & field squads head to Los Angeles to compete at the Trojan Tri-Meet Saturday at USC's Loker Stadium.

The Matador men will go up against the host Trojans as well as BYU while the women's portion of the meet has been turned into a quad meet with the addition of Nevada. The meet gets underway Friday with the hammer throw competition which will be held at Mt. SAC. The women will throw at 2 p.m. and the men at 3 p.m.

Northridge will send full squads on both the men's and women's side as the Matadors will look for continued improvement. Sprinter De'Shawn Waters is scheduled to enter the blocks for the first time in 2011.

Waters, who opened his season as part of the 4x400 meter relay team at the Cal-Nevada Championships last weekend, is slated to run his first 100 meter race of the season. Waters redshirted the 2010 outdoor season and was the Big West Champion in both the 100 and 200 meters in 2009.

Senior Desirae Gonder has opened the outdoor season in spectacular fashion as she owns the third-best heptathlon total (5,250) among Division I women. Gonder also ranks ninth nationally in the high jump (5-9.75) and is 28th in the long jump (19-6.25). She also has Northridge's top time in the 100 meter hurdles (14.71) this season.

Senior Matt Todd eclipsed his previous career-best in the pole vault at the Cal-Nevada Championships with a height of 16-4.75 (5.00). Todd's height moves him into a tie with Nick Joy for ninth-place on the CSUN all-time outdoor record list. The Matadors will take all five men's pole vaulters (Todd, Joah Schroder, Tyler Woodard, Alex Oleata and Jared Thomas) to USC this weeekend as Northridge looks toward possibly winning its first Big West pole vault championship May 13-14 in Irvine.

The CSUN short sprinters had a solid weekend at the Cal-Nevada Championships. On the men's side, David Reid and Carl Horsley both ran well in both the 100 and 200 meters. Horsley won the 100 and finished fourth in the 200 while Reid was fourth in the 100 and won the 200. Sherrina Lofton and Precious Watkins also ran well in the same events on the women's side as Lofton was fourth in the 100 followed in fifth by Watkins. Both qualified among the top-10 for the 200 meter final but neither ran the final. The relay teams also performed well as both men and women won the 4x100 relay events and the women followed up with a third place finish in the 4x400 relay.

"We had a lot of great individual performances," Associate Head Coach Avery Anderson said about the weekend. "But this 2011 team is starting to show its strength through individuals stepping up & performing for the team, for their teammates."

Northridge will send a select group of athletes to compete at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on April 6-9 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.