Trio of Matadors Compete at Day Two of NCAA Championships

June 11, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge track and field teams competed in several events Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Junior Sherrina Lofton stands in 21st place in the heptathlon after the first four events in the competition while De'Shawn Waters finished 22nd in the 200m. Also for the Matadors, Reindell Cole fouled on all three of his attempts in the men's long jump.

Lofton scored 3,194 points in the first day of the event, which consisted of the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m. She scored 964 points and finished fifth overall in the 200m, finishing in 24.17 seconds.

Lofton tied for 17th in the high jump with a mark of 1.63 meters (5-04.25 ft) and had a toss of 11.18m (36-08.25) in the shot put. She finished the 100-meter hurdles in 14.92 seconds. Friday brings the long jump, javelin and 800m, starting at 1:45 (CST) at McDonnell Field.

Waters sprinted to a finish of 21.73 seconds in the 200m, good for 22nd in the competition. Although his season comes to an end with the performance, Waters had quite a debut season with the Matadors.

Waters, a junior from Hercules, Calif., won the Big West Conference Men's Track Athlete of the Year in his first season at Northridge. He easily won the 100 meters in a time of 10.53 and then won the 200 meters by the slimmest of margins. Waters ran 21.449 to edge UC Santa Barbara's Jason Newland (21.450). Waters also ran the second leg of the Matadors' 4x100 relay team that also captured a Big West title in a time of 40.55.

At the NCAA West Regionals in Eugene, Ore., he ran a life-time best 10.42 in the 100m for a third-place finish and took fourth with a 21.32 romp in the 200m.

Cole, the 2008 NCAA Indoor Men's Long Jump National Champion, fouled on all three of his attempts in the long jump finals Thursday. It was a bitter finish for the sophomore, coming one day after he broke his own school record with a leap of 8.20m (26-11.25) in the event's preliminaries.

In his second year at CSUN, Cole finished second in the MPSF Indoor Championships in the long jump. He earned back-to-back Big West Field Athlete of the Week awards and was part of the conference-winning 4x100m relay team. Additionally, he finished second in the 100m at the Big West Outdoor Championships and helped the Matador Men's and Women's Teams sweep the league titles.