Lofton Finishes 22nd in Heptathlon to Conclude Matadors' Stay At NCAA Championships

June 12, 2009

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Junior Sherrina Lofton finished 22nd in the Heptathlon Friday as the Cal State Northridge Men's and Women's Track and Field teams concluded their stay at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at McDonnell Field. Although the Matadors leave Arkansas without a point, the two programs swept the Big West Championships as the women won their fourth-straight league title and the men took their second league title in three years.

Lofton competed in three events Friday, the long jump, the javelin throw and the 800m. She finished 23rd in the long jump with a mark of 5.10m (16-08.75). She fouled on all three attempts in the javelin and went 2:25.55 in the 800m for 13th.

Lofton concluded the competition with 4,531 points. Brianne Theisen of Oregon won the event with 6,086 points. During the course of the season, Lofton won the Big West Conference Heptathlon title, took the 100m and 200m league crowns and was a member of both the conference-winning 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams.

This was yet another successful season for the Matador Track and Field programs and Head Coach Don Strametz. The veteran coach was named the Big West Men's and Women's Coach of the Year after the teams swept the league titles. Strametz now has 17 combined men's and women's track and field conference championships in his career.