Matador Men and Women Both Finish Third at Trojan Tri/Quad Meet

April 2, 2011

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Cal State Northridge tallied 140 points on the women's side while the men earned 83.50 points as both teams finished in third place at the Trojan Tri/Quad Meet Saturday at Loker Stadium.

The Matador women finished just behind second-place BYU (144) as host USC scored 178 points. Nevada came in fourth with 125 points. In the men's competition, the Trojan men scored 162 points followed by BYU (121.50) and the Matadors (83.50).

The CSUN women shined in the middle distance races as Jasmine Cox claimed the 800 meters and Jackie Harrison won the 400 meters. Cox timed a season-best 2:11.86 to earn nine points while Harrison posted a time of 54.91 to also pick up nine points in the 400. Precious Watkins was also impressive in the 400 as she ran a personal-best of 55.21 to finish second behind Harrison.

Cox and Harrison, along with Shane Mullany-Banks and Ashley Frazier, formed the Matadors' 4x400 relay team that won in a season-best of 3:42.16.

In the short sprints, Crystal Spears earned two points in both the 100 meters (12.65) and the 200 meters (25.38). Alisa Jenkins had CSUN's top time in the 200 after running 25.16 which left her sixth. Jenkins also finished fifth in the 100 meter hurdles posting a season-best of 14.47 while Olympia Jewett was sixth at 14.82. The 4x100 team of Watkins, Sherrina Lofton, Sierra Brooks and Desirae Gonder was third in a season-best 45.98.

In the distance races, Lilyana Morejon took second in the 3,000 meters in a time of 10:03.47 while Araceli Zainos was fifth (10:53.49) and Fany Alvarado (11:07.52). Morejon was also fourth in the 1,500 meters clocking a season-best 4:46.67 with Vanessa Carr just behind with a season-best time of 4:56.72.

Tiana Webberley spearheaded Northridge's effort in the field events as she cleared a season-best 12-6.25 (3.82) to finish second in the pole vault. Jewett matched her season-best in the high jump after clearing a height of 5-3 (1.60). Lofton cmae in fourth in the long jump but posted a season-best mark of 18-0.50 (5.50) with Jewett finishing ninth at 15-11.50. Jewett completed her afternoon with a fourth place finish in the triple jump posting a best of 37-4.50 (11.39).

Sydney Hubbard had CSUN's best finish among the four throwing events as she placed third in the shot put with a top throw of 41-8 (12.70). Erica Abaekobe was fourth (40-7.50), Chelsea Wordell was fifth (35-10.75) and Jamila McIntosh was sixth (35-3.25). Wordell then took fifth in the discus at 122-9 (37.41) and was sixth in the hammer (152-9) to lead the Matadors. Haylee Varner tossed a season-best of 139-5 (42.49) to finish fifth in the javelin.

For the men's squad, Thomas Johnson continued his excellent jumping in the early stages of the outdoor season as he finished first in the high jump after clearing 6-9.75 (2.08). Johnson has either won or finished second in the high jump in three of the first four outdoor meets of the season.

Also in the field events, Matt Todd was fourth in the pole vault (15-7.75) one week after setting a lifetime-best at the Cal-Nevada Championships. Tyler Woodard easily set a season-best as he placed sixth with a clearance of 15-1.75 (4.62). The remaining three Matador pole vaulters each no-heighted. Jory Rucker then finished fifth in the long jump with a best of 20-11.25 (6.38).

In the throws, Cameron McAteer had CSUN's top finish as he took second in the hammer with a season-best of 172-0 (52.44). James Poet was fourth (159-11) and Jose Aviles also posted a season-best at 135-0. Tyler Milton and Poet also scored in the discus as Milton was second (135-5) and Poet was third (135-0). In the shot put, Poet posted a career-best with a mark of 46-2.75 (14.09) which was good for third while Aviles was fourth at 44-11 (13.69).

On the track, David Reid was third in the 100 meters clocking a time of 10.78 while Darquis Rucker was sixth in a season-best 10.92. Rucker led CSUN in the 200 as he finished fourth at 22.45 followed by Eugene Sanchez who finished fourth in a season-best 22.52. Khalid Jones ran a season-best 49.15 to finish sixth in the 400 meters followed by Carl Horsley at 49.45.

In the hurdles, Michael Woodham finished third in the 110 meters in a season-best 14.50 while Jonathan Talkington was fourth at 16.36. Bobby Workman led the Matador men in the 400 hurdles with a season-best time of 53.78 while Woodham finished sixth in a lifetime-best 56.38.

Gustavo Hernandez finished fifth in the 800 meters clocking a season-best time of 1:54.63 while Jerrid Lewis was sixth in a season-best 1:55.55. Steven Gonzales was sixth in the 1,500 meters in 4:01.87 while Hunter Hays was seventh in 4:09.13. Juan Olea posted CSUN's top time in the 3,000 meters as he finished third in 8:54.36 followed by teammates Cesar Lopez (9:19.16) and Julio Mora (9:22.69).

Cal State Northridge will send a limited number of athletes to compete in the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays next weekend in Austin, Texas.


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