Matadors Send Strametz Out a Winner With Record-Setting Eighth Big West Championship
May 14, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge women's track & field etched their names in the Big West Conference record books as the Matadors scored 165.5 points to earn their sixth consecutive conference championship surpassing Utah State with their eighth title overall.
The women's squad, which had a slim 15-point lead over Long Beach State after Friday's competition, won going away on Saturday as the Matadors final margin over second-place UC Santa Barbara was 39.5 points.
The team victory was the final win in the illustrious career of head coach Don Strametz who is retiring after 31 seasons coaching the Matador women and 26th with the men.
"It was a tremendous meet and just about everything went right for us," said Strametz. "It was that kind of day where everything kind of went our way and fortunately for us some of the other teams didn't have things go their way. But in track and field you've got to perform."
Strametz will retire with a total of 21 conference championships among the men's and women's teams at Cal State Northridge.
"Personally it was a very emotional day for me and I didn't expect it to be," said Strametz. "To go out with six wins in a row is very special and feels great, I really lost it when I went to address the team."
The Matadors kept their 100 meter streaks intact on both the men's and women's side as senior Sherrina Lofton won on the women's side and freshman Carl Horsley won the men's sprint. Lofton's win gives her three Big West 100 meter titles (2008, 2009, 2011) and CSUN has now won the last eight 100 meter championships. Horsley's win is his first Big West Championship in his first conference meet and the Matadors' third straight overall.
The women scored a total of 22 points in the 100 meters behind Lofton's win. Precious Watkins, the 2010 champion, ran 12.06 to finish third while Sierra Brooks was fifth in 12.14 and Briana Davis was seventh in 12.23. Lofton was also second in the 200 meters running a season-best 24.11 to pick up an additional eight points.
In the 400 meters CSUN totaled 10 points as Jackie Harrison finished third in a time of 54.61 while Jasmine Cox was fourth in a season-best 55.73. In the hurdles finals, Alisa Jenkins was seventh in the 100 meters in 14.23 followed by Desirae Gonder (14.47) in eighth. Ashley Frazier took second in the 400 hurdles in 60.57 while Shane Mullany-Banks was seventh in a time of 63.50.
Lilyana Morejon added to her second-place finish in the 10,000 meters with a fifth-place finish in the 5,000 meters after running a season-best of 17:03.09.
The Northridge 4x100 team suffered a bit of an upset as the Matadors finished second in 46.13 while the 4x400 team captured their eighth championship in the last 10 years in a meet-best time of 3:41.41.
In the field events on Saturday, Gonder won her first conference high jump title as she cleared 5-10 (1.78) while Lofton was seventh with a best of 5-5 (1.05).
The Matadors also got four points from Ese Ntekume in the triple jump as she finished fifth with a top leap of 38-8.25 (11.79) and got five points from Whitney Hooks in the shot put as she placed fourth with a best of 45-5.75 (13.86).
CSUN also got an unexpected three points in the hammer as Jamila McIntosh was seventh with a toss of 158-5 (48.30) and Chelsea Wordell was eighth at 156-8 (47.76) giving the Matadors their final points total of 165.5.
After two straight Big West titles, the Matador men slipped to a fifth-place finish after scoring 80 points. Horsley was a standout in his first conference championship winning both the 100 and 200 meters. It marked the second time in the last three years that a Matador sprinter has won both short sprints as De'Shawn Waters accomplished the feat in 2009.
In the 100 meters, Horsley won in a career-best 10.55 while David Reid was third in a season-best 10.68, Sean Alfino was sixth in 10.88, Thomas Henry was seventh in 10.97 and Waters was eighth in 11.93. The Matadors took home a total of 22 points in the event.
In the 200, Horsley again excelled running 21.17 to hold off Reid, the 2010 champion by .07. Reid came in at 21.24 and Khalid Jones was eighth in 22.51. Jones fifth-place finish in the 400 meters (48.73) combined with Trevor Carroll's seventh-place showing (49.77) gave the men an additional six points.
In the 1,500 meters, Hunter Hays shattered his previous lifetime-best with a time of 3:51.96 to finish 11th.
The men's 4x100 relay continued CSUN's dominance as the Matadors won in 40.57 giving Northridge six conference titles since 2003. The 4x400 relay took seventh in a time of 3:18.58.
In the field events, the Matadors were limited to a single point on Saturday as Tyler Woodard finished eighth in the pole vault with a top height of 15-3.50 (4.66). Jose Aviles finished 11th with a season-best of 46-8.25 (14.23) in the shot put while James Poet was 10th and Alex Murphy was 11th in the javelin. Poet's top throw of 161-11 (49.35) was a career-best.
The Big West Conference will hand out the the 2011 track & field awards next week as Athletes of the Year and Coaches of the Year will be awarded.
2011 BIG WEST TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Final Women's Team Results
1. Northridge - 165.5
2. UC Santa Barbara - 126
3. UC Davis - 105
4. Long Beach State - 98.5
5. UC Riverside - 97
6. Cal Poly - 88
7. UC Irvine - 75
8. Cal State Fullerton - 61
Final Men's Team Results
1. Long Beach State - 177.50
2. UC Davis - 156
3. Cal Poly - 131
4. UC Santa Barbara - 116.50
5. Northridge - 80
6. UC Irvine - 79
7. UC Riverside - 54
8. Cal State Fullerton - 25
- GO MATADORS -