Northridge Sends 13 to Compete at NCAA West Preliminary in Oregon

May 25, 2011

Cal State Northridge track & field will send seven women and six men to compete this week at the NCAA West Preliminary at the University of Oregon's Historic Hayward Field in Eugene.

The NCAA West Preliminary, which runs Thursday (May 26) through Saturday (May 28), opens Thursday with the first round of the women's javelin at 10 a.m. The final event of the preliminary is scheduled for Saturday at 4:45 p.m. with the men's 4x400 meter relay quarterfinal. Field events begin at 10 a.m. each day. On Thursday, running events begin at 3:30 p.m., at 3 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The Matador women are coming off their sixth-consecutive Big West Championship and the CSUN women have now won a record eight Big West team championships. The men, who had won four of the past six conference team titles, finished fifth this season.

MEET RESULTS
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NCAA WEST PRELIMINARY ROUND
The 13 Matador men and women will be among more than 1,700 competitors who will be vying for the 12 spots in each event that will advance to the NCAA Championships June 8-11 in Des Moines, Iowa. Northridge sent 23 student-athletes to the NCAA West Regional in Austin, Texas last season and qualified 24 for the West Regional in Eugene, Ore. in 2009.

MATADOR WOMEN'S PREVIEW
Seniors Desirae Gonder and Sherrina Lofton will lead the contingent of seven Matador women into the preliminary round. Gonder, one of the top all-around athletes in the Big West Conference, will make her fourth trip to the preliminary round. She is competing in the High Jump, Long Jump as well as running the 4x400 relay team. Gonder won the Big West High Jump title and was second in the Long Jump at the conference championships two weeks ago. Lofton, the 2011 Big West Heptathlon champion, will compete in the 4x400 relay this week in advance of the NCAA Championships (June 8-11). This is Lofton's third trip to the NCAA Regionals/Preliminaries. Junior Precious Watkins will also make her third appearance in the NCAA Preliminary Round. Watkins will run the 4x400 relay after qualifying in the 100 meters in 2009 and 2010. Junior Jackie Harrison will compete in 400 meters at the NCAA Preliminary meet for the fist time this week but is making her third straight appearance as a member of the 4x400 relay team. Also on the track, senior Lilyana Morejon will compete in the grueling 10,000 meters for the second straight year and Ashley Frazier will make her NCAA debut in the 400 meter hurdles.In the field events, sophomore Tiana Webberley looks to advance in the pole vault after finishing tied for 33rd a season ago. The two-time Big West champion won the conference championship after clearing a Northridge record 13-1.75 two weeks ago.

MATADOR MEN'S PREVIEW
Led by Big West sprint champion Carl Horsley, six Matador men will make their way to Eugene, Ore. Horsley, the Big West Men's Freshman of the Year, captured both 100 and 200 meter events at the conference championships in Irvine two weeks ago. Senior Michael Woodham looks to cap his final season by advancing in the 110 meter hurdles as the first-time conference champion is coming off a lifetime-best performance at the Big West meet. Woodham has been to the NCAA Preliminaries/Regionals twice as part of the Matador relay teams and once in the high hurdles. Senior David Reid is also making a return appearance for the Matadors in the 200 meters as well as the 4x100 relay while senior Thomas Johnson qualifies in the high jump after making his debut in 2009. Sean Alfino and Darquis Rucker are each making their debut in the NCAA Preliminaries as both will be among the sprinters available in the 4x100 relay.

CAPSULES OF MATADORS ENTERED IN NCAA PRELIMINARY ROUND

WOMEN - 7 Individuals, 1 Relay

Ashley Frazier
400 Hurdles (ranked #33) - Regional Time: 59.98
4x400 Relay

HOW SHE GOT HERE: Frazier will be making her NCAA Preliminary Round debut in the 400 meter hurdles and will be among five sprinters available in the 4x400 relay ... comes in ranked 33rd in the 400 hurdles after running a season-best 59.98 at the Mt. SAC Relays in April ... finished second at the Big West Championships after running 60.57 ... season-best time in the 400 meters is 56.73 ... Northridge won the Big West title in the 4x400 relay (3:41.41) and comes in ranked 15th in the 4x400 with a season-best of 3:37.57.

Desirae Gonder
High Jump (ranked #20) - Regional Mark: 5-10 (1.78)
Long Jump (ranked #42) - Regional Mark: 19-7.50 (5.98)
4x400 Relay

HOW SHE GOT HERE: Gonder is making her fourth trip to the NCAA West Preliminaries ... comes in ranked 20th in the high jump and 42nd in the long jump and will will be among five sprinters available in the 4x400 relay ... brings lifetime-bests of 6-0.50 in the high jump and 19-7.50 in the long jump into the meet ... best 400 meter time is 56.90 ... finished fourth at the 2008 NCAA West Region Championship in the high jump and was eighth as a freshman in 2007 ... Northridge won the Big West title in the 4x400 relay (3:41.41) and comes in ranked 15th in the 4x400 with a season-best of 3:37.57 ... the 2010 CSUN 4x400 relay team advanced to the NCAA Championships.

Jackie Harrison
400 Meters (ranked #36) - Regional Time: 54.25
4X400 RELAY

HOW SHE GOT HERE: Harrison is making her third consecutive trip to the NCAA West Preliminaries ... is ranked 36th in the 400 meters and will be among five Matador sprinters available for the 4x400 meter relay ... ran a lifetime-best 54.25 in the 400 earlier this season at the Asics/Steve Scott Invitational ... Northridge won the Big West title in the 4x400 relay (3:41.41) and comes in ranked 15th in the 4x400 with a season-best of 3:37.57 ... the 2010 CSUN 4x400 relay team advanced to the NCAA Championships.

Sherrina Lofton
4x400 Relay
(note: Sherrina Lofton has already qualified for the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon and will be seeded 19th).

HOW SHE GOT HERE: Lofton will be making her third trip to the NCAA Preliminary Round ... the Big West Heptathlon champion will only compete on the 4x400 meter relay team this weekend ... ran a career-best 400 meter time of 54.10 at the 2008 Mt. SAC Relays ... was part of the Northridge 4x400 relay that won the Big West title in 3:41.41 ... Northridge comes in ranked 15th in the 4x400 with a season-best of 3:37.57 ... the 2010 CSUN 4x400 relay team advanced to the NCAA Championships.

Lilyana Morejon
10,000 Meters (ranked #38) - Regional Time: 34:52.46

HOW SHE GOT HERE: Morejon is making her second consecutive trip to the NCAA West Preliminaries in the 10,000 Meters ... comes in ranked 38th with a season-best of 34:52.46 ... ran a lifetime-best time of 34:28.34 at the 2009 Cal-Nevada Championships ... finished second in the 10,000 Meters for the second straight year at the Big West Championships in a time of 35:09.51.

Precious Watkins
4x400 Relay

HOW SHE GOT HERE: Watkins is making her third consecutive trip to the NCAA West Preliminaries ... qualifies in the 4x400 relay after qualifying in the 100 meters last season ... was part of the Northridge 4x400 relay that won the Big West title in 3:41.41 ... Northridge comes in ranked 15th in the 4x400 with a season-best of 3:37.57 ... the 2010 CSUN 4x400 relay team advanced to the NCAA Championships.

Tiana Webberley
Pole Vault (ranked #30) - Regional Mark: 13-1.75 (4.01)

HOW SHE GOT HERE: Webberley is making her second straight trip to the NCAA West Preliminaries in the pole vault ... ranks 30 in region with a best of 13-1.75 (4.01) which is a lifetime-best and Matador record ... cleared her career-best height to claim her second consecutive Big West Conference championship ... finished tied for 33rd with a best of 12-3.50 at the NCAA West Region Championships as a freshman in 2010.

MEN - 6 Individuals, 1 Relay

Sean Alfino 4x100 Relay

HOW HE GOT HERE: Alfino will be making his NCAA West Preliminary debut ... will be among five Matador sprinters available for the 4x100 meter relay ... Northridge won the Big West title in the 4x100 relay in a season-best time of 40.57 and comes in ranked 21st in the preliminary round ... ran a season-best of 10.77 in the 100 meter prelims at the Big West Championships ... went on the finish sixth in the final in 10.88.

Carl Horsley
100 Meters (ranked #48) - Regional Time: 10.55
200 Meters (ranked #32) - Regional Time: 21.11
4x100 Relay

HOW HE GOT HERE: Horsley is making his first trip to the NCAA West Preliminaries in both the 100 and 200 meters as well as the 4x100 relay ... the Big West champion in both events ranks 48th in the 100 meters and 32nd in the 200 ... clocked a season-best 10.55 in the 100 meters in the Big West final while his 200 meter best came at the Asics/Steve Scott Invitational at UC Irvine in May ... was named Big West Men's Freshman of the Year.

Thomas Johnson
High Jump (ranked #40) - Regional Mark: 6-10.75 (2.10)

HOW HE GOT HERE: Johnson is making his second trip to the NCAA West Preliminary in the high jump ... comes in ranked 40th with a top height of 6-10.75 (2.10) ... has reached his career-best of 6-10.75 three times in his career and twice this season ... tied for second at the Big West Championships after clearing 6-8.75 (2.05) ... tied for seventh with a top jump of 6-8.75 at the 2009 NCAA West Regionals.

David Reid
200 Meters (ranked #40) - Regional Time: 21.20
4x100 Relay

HOW HE GOT HERE: Reid qualifies for his second NCAA West Preliminary ... will run the 200 meters as well as the 4x100 relay ... comes in ranked 40th in the 200 meters with a season-best of 21.20 ... finished second to teammate Carl Horsley at the Big West Championships in a time of 21.24 ... Northridge won the Big West title in the 4x100 relay in a season-best time of 40.57 and comes in ranked 21st in the preliminary round ... ran the third leg of the relay that ran 39.94 to claim 10th place at the NCAA West Region Championships in Austin, Texas. Darquis Rucker
4x100 Relay

HOW HE GOT HERE: Rucker will be making his NCAA West Preliminary debut ... will be among five Matador sprinters available for the 4x100 meter relay ... Northridge won the Big West title in the 4x100 relay in a season-best time of 40.57 and comes in ranked 21st in the preliminary round ... ran a wind-leagl season-best of 10.91 in the 100 meter prelims at the Big West Championships ... also ran a wind-aided 10.90 at the Cal-Nevada Championships in March.

Michael Woodham
110 Meter Hurdles (ranked #27) - Regional Time: 14.09
4x100 RELAY

HOW HE GOT HERE: Woodham makes his third straight appearance at the NCAA West Preliminaries ... is scheduled to run in the 110 Meter Hurdles and will be among five Matador sprinters available for the 4x100 meter relay ... comes in ranked 27th in the 110 hurdles ... won his first Big West championship in the 110 hurdles after running a lifetime-best 14.09 in the final ... finished 28th in the prelims of the 2010 NCAA Regional in a time of 14.47 ... qualified for the 2009 NCAA West Region Championships as a member of the 4x100 meter relay.

2011 NCAA DIVISION I TRACK & FIELD
WEST PRELIMINARY ROUND
EVENT SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, MAY 26
10:00 a.m. - Javelin - Women - First Round
12:00 p.m. - Long Jump - Men - First Round
1:45 p.m. - Shot Put - Women - First Round
3:25 p.m. - National Anthem
3:30 p.m. - Javelin - Men - First Round
3:30 p.m. - 400 Hurdles - Women - First Round (Ashley Frazier)
3:45 p.m. - Pole Vault - Men - First Round
3:55 p.m. - 400 Hurdles - Men - First Round
4:00 p.m. - Long Jump - Women - First Round (Desirae Gonder)
4:20 p.m. - 1,500 Meters - Women - First Round
4:45 p.m. - 1,500 Meters - Men - First Round
5:10 p.m. - 100 Meters - Women - First Round
5:15 p.m. - Shot Put - Men - First Round
5:30 p.m. - 100 Meters - Men - First Round (Carl Horsley)
5:50 p.m. - 400 Meters - Women - First Round (Jackie Harrison)
6:10 p.m. - 400 Meters - Men - First Round
6:30 p.m. - 800 Meters - Women - First Round
6:50 p.m. - 800 Meters - Men - First Round
7:10 p.m. - 10,000 Meters - Women - Semifinal (Lilyana Morejon)
7:50 p.m. - 10,000 Meters - Men - Semifinal

FRIDAY, MAY 27
10:00 a.m. - Hammer - Women - First Round
2:55 p.m. - National Anthem
3:00 p.m. - 100 Hurdles - Women - First Round
3:15 p.m. - Triple Jump - Women - First Round
3:25 p.m. - 110 Hurdles - Men - First Round (Michael Woodham)
3:30 p.m. - Hammer - Men - First Round
3:45 p.m. - High Jump - Men - First Round (Thomas Johnson)
3:50 p.m. - 400 Meters - Women - Quarterfinal
4:00 p.m. - Pole Vault - Women - First Round (Tiana Webberley)
4:05 p.m. - 400 Meters - Men - Quarterfinal
4:20 p.m. - 100 Meters - Women - Quarterfinal
4:35 p.m. - 100 Meters - Men - Quarterfinal
4:50 p.m. - 800 Meters - Women - Quarterfinal
5:05 p.m. - 800 Meters - Men - Quarterfinal
5:20 p.m. - 400 Hurdles - Women - Quarterfinal
5:35 p.m. - 400 Hurdles - Men - Quarterfinal
5:50 p.m. - 200 Meters - Women - First Round
6:10 p.m. - 200 Meters - Men - First Round (Carl Horsley, David Reid)
6:30 p.m. - 3,000 Steeplechase - Women - Quarterfinal
7:20 p.m. - 3,000 Steeplechase - Men - Quarterfinal

SATURDAY, MAY 28
10:00 a.m. - Discus - Women - First Round
12:15 p.m. - High Jump - Women - First Round (Desirae Gonder)
12:30 p.m. - Triple Jump - Men - First Round
12:55 p.m. - National Anthem
1:00 p.m. - 4x100 Relay - Women - Quarterfinal
1:15 p.m. - 4x100 Relay - Men - Quarterfinal (Horsley, Reid, Rucker, Alfino or Woodham)
1:30 p.m. - 1,500 Meters - Women - Quarterfinal
1:45 p.m. - 1,500 Meters - Men - Quarterfinal
2:05 p.m. - 100 Hurdles - Women - Quarterfinal
2:20 p.m. - 110 Hurdles - Men - Quarterfinal
2:35 p.m. - 200 Meters - Women - Quarterfinal
2:50 p.m. - 200 Meters - Men - Quarterfinal
3:05 p.m. - 5,000 Meters - Women - Semifinal
3:30 p.m. - Discus - Men - First Round
3:45 p.m. - 5,000 Meters - Men - Semifinal
4:25 p.m. - 4x400 Relay - Women - Quarterfnal (Lofton, Watkins, Gonder, Harrison)
4:45 p.m. - 4x400 Relay - Men - Quarterfinal

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