Matadors Wrap up Competition at NCAA West Region Championships

May 30, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas - Cal State Northridge advanced a pair of relay teams over the final two days of the NCAA West Region Championships at the University of Texas.

The women's 4x400 relay advanced with a season-best time of 3:37.29. The Matadors claimed the 12th and final spot in the battle to advance to Eugene, Ore. for the National Championships.

Also moving on was the Matador men's 4x100 relay which ran 39.94 to advance. The Big West champions took 10th in the field despite not running its season-best. Northridge had the top time of any team that did not finish in the top three of its heat.

David Reid, who advanced to the semifinals of the 200 meters after running 21.24 in the opening round, finished 20th in the semis in a time of 21.32. Reindell Cole, who advanced to Eugene in the long jump, was 27th in the first round of the 200 meters in 21.33.

Michael Woodham finished 28th in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.47.

In the field events for the men, Lance Gonzales finished tied for 34th in the high jump clearing a best of 6-7 (2.01) and Awet Hagos finished tied for 33rd in his first regional appearance in the triple jump. Hagos had a best of 48-11.75 (14.93).

Alex Butler wound up the men's field competition with a 36th place finish in the hammer throw with a best of 181-1 (55.19).

For the women, Shelese Ruffin advanced to the quartefinal of the 400 meters and wound up finishing 15th in a time of 53.67. She also finished competition in the long jump with a best of 19-3.25 (5.87) which left her tied for 31st.

The 4x100 relay wasn't as fortunate as the 4x400 team as the Big West champions finished 21st in a time of 45.86.

Morgan Bogard finished the field events for the Northridge women with a 13th place finish in the hammer. Bogard, who threw a best of 186-10 (56.95), finished just .05 meters out of the 12th and final qualifying spot.

The NCAA Championships will take place in Eugene, Ore. from June 9-12. Hayward Track on the campus of the University of Oregon will hold the national meet, the final NCAA event of the 2010 outdoor season.