Matadors Continue Quest for Big West Track & Field Dominance This Weekend

May 11, 2011

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Big West Championship Central

The Cal State Northridge men's and women's track & field teams look to add to their recent dominance as the 2011 Big West Championships get underway at UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium this Friday, May 13.

The championship meet, which opened with the decathlon and heptathlon last weekend, re-opens Friday with the men's hammer at 10 a.m. The first track event on Friday is the men's 3000 meter steeplechase at 3:30 p.m. Saturday's final day of competition opens with the women's hammer at 10 a.m. with the first event on the track, the men's 4x100 relay, at 3:30 p.m. The meet concludes with the women's 4x400 meter relay at 6:25 p.m. A complete meet schedule is listed below.

The Matador women will put their string of five consecutive conference championships on the line this weekend while the Northridge men have claimed the last two conference crowns. With a team title this weekend, the women's squad would move past Utah State for the most conference team championships in Big West women's track & field history.

Senior Sherrina Lofton earned the title as the Big West's top all-around athlete as the senior earned 5,371 points to claim her second conference heptathlon championship in the last three seasons. Fellow senior Desirae Gonder finished third and junior Alisa Jenkins was fifth as the Matador women earned 20 points in the opening event. Freshmen Olympia Jewett and Jordan DuFault also competed in their first heptathlon at the conference championships and finished 11th and 12th respectively. Jewett scored 2,488 points while DuFault earned 4,196 points.

Head coach Don Strametz will lead the Matadors into the Big West Championships for the final time this weekend. Strametz, who is retiring after 31 seasons with the women and 26 with the men, has been the Big West Conference's Coach of the Year 12 times since CSUN joined the conference in 2002.

On the Matador women's chances of winning their sixth straight title:
"It will be a team effort. No one person can win the championship and no one person can lose it. We've preached that for years and we'll preach it again this weekend, it just isn't on one person it's got to be a team effort. There needs to be some people who are not in scoring position right now to step up and get into a final and score a point or two. If that happens it will certainly help our situation. I feel like we're peaking at the right time so we'll just give it our best shot."

On the women's team race:
"There are five teams that could potentially win the women's championship so it's going be a very interesting conference meet. We are not the favorites this weekend but we have to just go out and perform and get some help from other teams. This is probably the first championship meet in several years where we can't go out and win it ourselves, we need some help. This meet will be different in that we'll be rooting for one school in one event and another school in another event, that's the way it's going to go."

On the CSUN men's expectations:
"On the men's side we're running for pride. It's unfortunate that we had three of four really good people injured but even if we had all those people we would still just be running for pride. We'll go down and do the best we can and hopefully get a few more people qualified for Regionals and see what happens."

On the significance of his last conference championship meet:
"It's never been about me and it never will be about me. It's always about the athletes and what they can do and the memories they can take from this meet. There's no pressure from my standpoint, I'm totally prepared to walk away at the end of the meet and feel good about the years I've had here and the years that the kids have done well. It's been a phenomenal run and I hope it can continue."

The Northridge women are seeking their sixth consecutive Big West team championship and a record eighth overall since joining the conference in 2002. Only Utah State, which won seven straight championships from 1993-1999, has won as many Big West women's team championships as Cal State Northridge ... In four previous Big West Championship meets at UC Irvine, the Matadors finished first in 2002, 2004 and 2009 and were second in 2005 ... Ashley Frazier (400 hurdles), Tiana Webberley (Pole Vault) and both relay teams come in as the top ranked performers in their respective events and the Matadors also have Desirae Gonder who ranks second in the high jump and long jump and Lilyana Morejon who is ranked second in the 10,000 meters ... The Matadors will be challenged by several teams this weekend, including UC Davis which is seeking its first conference championship and UC Santa Barbara which is looking for its first conference win since 2005 ... Last season, the Matador women won by the smallest margin (five points) after winning by its largest margin (83.5 points) in 2009 ... Northridge has had the fastest woman in the conference the last seven seasons as Shauna Hackett (2004), Deanna Goodwin (2005-07), Sherrina Lofton (2008-09) and Precious Watkins (2010) have all won the 100 meters ... Northridge has won five straight 4x100 titles and three consecutive 4x400 titles ... The Matador women have won at least one Big West championship in 14 of the 21 championship events. The only events CSUN has never won a conference crown are the 800 meters, 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters, 3,000 meter steeplechase, 5,000 meters, high jump and discus ... The events with the longest droughts are the triple jump and the javelin. Dee Scott won CSUN's last triple jump title in 2002 and Sammie Freeman won the Matadors' last javelin championship also in 2002.

Although they are not among the favorites this weekend, the two-time defending champion Matador men look to add to their impressive Big West history as Northridge has claimed five of the past seven conference crowns ... The Matador men come in with three athletes ranked at the top of the conference. Freshman Carl Horlsey ranks first in the 200 meters (21.11) and is also second in the 100 meters (10.57). Senior Michael Woodham ranks first in the 110 meter hurdles (14.19) and fellow senior Thomas Johnson ranks first in the high jump (6-10.75) ... The Matadors have claimed six of the last seven long jump titles and Northridge has won five of the last six 110 meter hurdle championships ... The Matadors have also excelled in the 4x100 relay, winning five of the last eight conference championships (2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010) ... the CSUN men have also won at least one conference championship in 14 of the 21 championship events.


Friday, May 13

Field Events (Trials/Finals)
Men's Hammer - 10:00 am
Women's Javelin - 11:00 am
Women's Long Jump - 1:00 pm
Women's Pole Vault - 1:00 pm
Men's High Jump - 1:00 pm
Men's Shot Put - 2:00 pm
Men's Long Jump - 4:00 pm
Women's Discus - 5:00 pm

Track Events
M 3000m Steeplechase Final - 3:30 pm
W 3000m Steeplechase Final - 3:45 pm
M 1500 Trials - 4:00 pm
W 1500 Trials - 4:20 pm
M 110 Hurdles Trials - 4:35 pm
W 100 Hurdles Trials - 4:55 pm
M 400 Trials - 5:10 pm
W 400 Trials - 5:25 pm
M 100 Trials - 5:40 pm
W 100 Trials - 5:55 pm
M 800 Trials - 6:10 pm
W 800 Trials - 6:25 pm
M 400 Hurdles Trials - 6:45 pm
W 400 Hurdles Trials - 7:00 pm
M 200 Trials - 7:20 pm
W 200 Trials - 7:35 pm
M 10,000 Finals - 7:50 pm
W 10,000 Finals - 8:35 pm

Saturday, May 14

Field Events (Trials/Finals)
Women's Hammer - 10:00 am
Men's Javelin - 11:00 am
Men's Triple Jump - 12:00 pm
Women's High Jump - 1:00 pm
Men's Pole Vault - 1:30 pm
Women's Shot Put - 2:00 pm
Women's Triple Jump - 3:30 pm
Men's Discus - 4:00 pm

Track Events
M 4x100 Relay Final - 3:30 pm
W 4x100 Relay Final - 3:35 pm
M 1500 Final - 3:40 pm
W 1500 Final - 3:50 pm
M 110 Hurdles Final - 4:00 pm
W 110 Hurdles Final - 4:10 pm
M 400 Final - 4:20 pm
W 400 Final - 4:25 pm
M 100 Final - 4:30 pm
W 100 Final - 4:35 pm
M 800 Final - 4:40 pm
W 800 Final - 4:50 pm
M 400 Hurdles Final - 5:00 pm
W 400 Hurdles Final - 5:10 pm
M 200 Final - 5:20 pm
W 200 Final - 5:25 pm
M 5000 Final - 5:30 pm
W 5000 Final - 5:50 pm
M 4x400 Relay Final - 6:15 pm
W 4x400 Relay Final - 6:25 pm
Championship Trophy Presentation - 6:30 pm


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