Solid First Day and a Half for Matadors at Texas Relays

April 3, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas - Cal State Northridge track and field had a solid first day and a half at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays highlighted by the women's 4x100 relay advancing to Saturday's final.

The women's 4x100 relay team of Dominique Calvin, Sherrina Lofton, Tara Prier and Precious Watkins ran 45.67 to win their qualifying heat on Friday and advance to Saturday's final. Northridge will be running against some of the top relay teams in the country including LSU, Florida State, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Houston, USC and UTEP.

On Thursday, senior Cody Pearce finished ninth in the hammer with a season-best throw of 189-6 (57.77). Pearce bettered his previous season-best of 186-8 (56-89) he threw at the USC Invitational two weeks ago.

Junior Shelese Ruffin also competed on Thursday in the 400 meter hurdles. Running in 20 mph winds, Ruffin ran 61.68 (just .13 off her season-best) and just missed advancing to the event final.

In addition to the women's 4x100 relay success on Friday, the women's 4x400 relay (Prier, Watkins, Jasmine Cox, Lofton) ran a regional-qualifying and season-best time of 3:41.76 to finish 13th.

The men's 4x100 relay team wasn't so fortunate as they were disqualified in the prelims.

The men's 4x400 relay (Kevin Nious, Nic Taylor, Michael Woodham, De'Shwan Waters) ran 3:19.70 and finished 24th in qualifying.

In the women's 100 meters, Lofton ran 11.68 to win her heat but missed advancing to the final by one qualifying spot. Watkins ran her first 100 meter race in over a year and clocked a time of 12.07.

In the men's 100 meters, Waters ran 10.50 to advance to Saturday's final while Ben Santos posted a personal-best time of 10.78.

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