Season-Bests For Cal State Northridge at USC Trojan Invitational

March 24, 2010

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Traveling to their first meet of the 2010 outdoor season, Cal State Northridge received several season-bests among both the men and women Saturday at the USC Trojan Invitational at Loker Stadium/Cromwell Field.

Nic Taylor ran his first 100 meter race of the season and finished seventh in a career-best 10.84. In the 200 meters, David Reid and Reindell Cole finished sixth and eighth respectively with season-best times of 21.94 and 21.97. The Matador men had a solid meet in the hurdle events. Michael Woodham posted a lifetime-best 14.62 in the 110 meters while Joel Darden ran a Northridge season-best 55.44 in the 400 meters. Deleon Carter also posted a season-best, clocking a time of 56.31.

In the distance events, Gustavo Hernandez ran a season-best 1:56.43 in the 800 meters followed closely by Steven Gonzales who ran 1:57.16. Hunter Hays ran a season-best 4:04.84 in the 1,500 meters and Hernandez was right behind in a career-best 4:05.41. Masis Hagobian ran a season-best 9:52.47 in the 3,000 meters while Eddie Garcia checked in at 10:14.79.

The Matador men also posted season-bests in both relays as they clocked a time of 42.57 in the 4x100 and the team of Taylor, Adam Marvin, Darden and Carter ran 3:21.41 in the 4x400.

In the field events, Awet Hagos posted a season-best of 47-7.75 (14.52) in the triple jump and also had a career-best high jump of 6-2.75 (1.90).

In the throws, Robert Mestas surpassed his previous career-best in the javelin with a mark of 176-10 (53.90) which was good for sixth. James Poet also surpassed his season-bests in the shot put (43-3.25), javelin (157-1) and hammer (161-11). Derek Cooper won section A of the shot put with a mark of 57-8.25 (17.58) which was well off his season-best of 59-2.25.

Northridge Invitational Multi-Events Lance Gonzales claimed the decathlon portion of the Northridge Invitational which took place at the Matador Track Complex on Thursday and Friday (Mar. 18-19). Gonzales piled up a career-best point total of 7,170, the second-best total in the nation so far this year. Gonzales and teammate Owen Morse competed while Robert Robinson recovers from an injury suffered at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Gonzales won the 100 meters, long jump, high jump, 110 hurdles and javelin to complete an impressive competition. He ran a season-best 11.43 in the 100, a season-best 14.87 in the 110 hurdles and a season-best 52.93 n the 400. He then surpassed his career-best in the high jump with a height of 6-7.50 (2.02) and approached his career-best in the long jump with a distance of 22-9.75 (6.95). He completed his competition with a season-best of 199-9 (60.88) in the javelin, one of his best events.


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