April 10, 2011

Following Texas Relays, Matadors Wrap Up Busy Weekend at UCLA, Pomona-Pitzer

April 10, 2011

Cal State Northridge track & field finished up a busy weekend as the Matadors finished up their competition at the Texas Relays and also competed at UCLA's Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational and the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.

Following the solid performances of Sherrina Lofton and Desirae Gonder in the heptathlon at the Clyde Littlefield/Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, Thomas Johnson matched his career-high of 6-10.75 (2.10) in high jump to finish third. Johnson cleared his lifetime-best on his second attempt before missing all three attempts at 7-0.50.

The women's 4x400 team of Shane Mullany-Banks, Precious Watkins, Ashley Frazier and Jackie Harrison finished 13th in 3:42.32 which was just off their season-best of 3:42.16. The 4x100 relay team of Watkins, Lofton, Frazier and Gonder finished 25th in a time of 47.11.

Also competing in Texas for the Matador men, Carl Horsley finished 25th in the 100 meters setting a season-best with a time of 10.57 which matches his wind-aided time at the Cal-Nevada Championships. David Reid equaled his lifetime-best by running 10.58 which left him 27th. Michel Woodham finished 21st in the 110 meter hurdles in a season-best 14.47 which is just .07 off his lifetime-best.

Frazier also competed in the 400 hurdles and finished 21st in a time of 1:02.01.

Northridge took its group of pole vaulters to the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at UCLA and Tiana Webberley reached her lifetime-best on the women's side as she finished first in the open division with a clearance of 12-8.75 (3.88). Jenna Hulion finished second to Webberley after equaling her season-best of 11-5.75 (3.50) and Cristi Allen was fifth with a top height of 10-0 (3.05).

Tyler Woodard led the men's vaulters with a season-best of 15-7 (4.75) which left him in a second place tie with teammate Matt Todd. Jared Thomas was 10th with a best vault of 13-7.75 (4.15).

Next it was off the Pomona-Pitzer for the remainder of the men's and women's squad. The women's throwers were led by Claire Morgan's second place finish in the discus as she tossed a season-best 146-4 (44.61). Chelsea Wordell also posted a season-best as she took seventh at 133-4 (40.63) while Jamila McIntosh also bettered her season-best with a mark of 118-4 (36.07). In the hammer, McIntosh set a season-best with a best of 158-7 (48.33) to finish 11th.

On the track for the women's squad, Vanessa Carr was 23rd in the 200 meters (26.14), Natalie Wollaston was 22nd in the 400 meters (60.67) and Desiree Karotko ran a lifetime-best 61.69. Yvonne Castillo-Urbina finished 62nd in the 800 meters (2:32.95) and 41st in the 1,500 (5:02.84).

On the men's side, Gustavo Hernandez placed 15th in the 400 meters equaling his lifetime-best of 50.18 while Fredy Santizo was 43rd in a time of 52.76. Marvin Gonzales had Northridge's top time in the 1,500 meters as he finished 51st in 4:14.02. Tawei Ma was just behind in 54th place at 4:15.86.

The pole vaulters continued their busy weekend as Todd finished second at 15-9 (4.80), Joshua Schroder was eighth in a season-best 14-9 (4.50), Thomas bettered his season-best after clearing 14-3.25 (4.35) and Alex Oleata was 21st at 13-3.50 (4.05).

The men's throwers were led by Cameron McAteer's eighth place finish in the hammer. McAteer posted a best of 171-0 (52.13), James Poet was 15th at 155-1 (42.28) and Jose Aviles posted a season-best of 136-8 (41.67) to finish 27th. Aviles had CSUN's top mark in the shot put as he finished 18th at 43-10.50 (13.37). McAteer had the Matadors best finish in the discus, finishing 22nd with a top throw of 131-4 (40.03) while Alex Murphy took 20th in the javelin with a best of 162-2 (49.43).

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