NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge track & field opened the 2012 outdoor season over the weekend as the Matadors hosted the 2012 Northridge Invitational and Multi-Events.
The Matador men and women both fared well in the decathlon and heptathlon which kicked off the meet Thursday, Mar. 15.
In their first action of the 2012 outdoor season, Olympia Jewett won the heptathlon while the Northridge men finished 4-5-6.
Jewett, who scored a meet-best 4,878 points, won by 40 points over Kelsea Johnson of Alaska-Anchorage with Jewett's teammate Jordan DuFault taking sixth with 4,131 points.
Jewett was second after scoring 3,119 points over the first four events on day one with DuFault posting a day one total of 2,538. Former Matador Sherrina Lofton led the field with 3,319 points after four events. Jewett then picked up an additional 1,759 points on the final day to earn her final margin over Johnson.
In the decathlon, Derrick Harris was the highest Northridge finisher as he took fourth with 6,465 points followed by Donovan Toban (6,385) and Kevin Finley (6,380). Christoph Lange of Idaho State scored 6,688 points to win the decathlon.
Toban has scored 3,788 points through five events while Harris has 3,496 and Finley has 3,423.
Toban had a solid day in his opening outdoor meet of the season finishing in the top-five of all events on Thursday. In the 100 meters, the Matadors went 1-2-3 as Harris ran 10.95, Toban 11.10 and Finley 11.43.
Toban won the long jump with a best of 22-10.50 while Harris was fourth (20-6.25) and Finley was fifth (20-50.50). Harris then finished fourth in the shot put (38-10.25) followed by Toban in fifth (38-3.50) and Finley in sixth (37-11.25).
In the high jump Toban finished second with a top height of 6-2.25 while Finley was fourth (6-1.25) and Harris was sixth (6-0). Thursday's final event was the 400 meters and Toban ran the fastest time of the 20 competitors at 49.19. Finley was fourth in 51.24 and Harris was seventh at 51.81.
In the main portion of the meet, Saturday's Invitational, the weather played a huge role as cold tempuratures and driving rain curtailed what had been expected to be a large meet.
The Matadors fared well in several events as Khalid Jones and Jackie Harrison each won their respective 400 meter races, Julio Mora won the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase and Nicholas DiMartino won the long jump.
Jones claimed the men's 400 meters in a time of 48.70 while teammate Eugene Sanchez was 11th in 52.47. Harrison won the women's 400 in 56.03 edging UCLA's Breyonna Hunter (56.75) and teammates Vanessa Carr (59.87) and Mikaela Vaden (60.50).
Mora defeated a small field in the 3,000 steeplechase in a time of 11:28.23.
Also in limited action for the men on the track Saturday, Michael Broussard finished third in the 400 meter hurdles (54.65), Darquir Rucker finished third in the 100 meters (11.60), Jones (22.31) and Broussard (22.91) took fourth and fifth in the 200 meters, Ezekial Glass (1:56.93) and Hunter Hays (1:57.14) finished sixth and seventh in the 800 meters and Hays was fifth in the 1,500 meters (4:07.64).
In the field events, DiMartino easily won his section of the long jump with a best leap of 21-4 (6.50). Tucker Weathers (54-3.25) and Jose Aviles (50-8) placed second and third in the shot put and Gavin Fallen (138-10) and Tyler Milton (138-7) finished fourth and fifth in the javelin.
In addtion to Harrison's 400 meter win, the women had Jasmine Cox taking third in the 200 meters (25.79) while also finishing third in the 800 meters (2:12.31) with Shane Mullany-Banks (2:17.31) taking eighth. Ana Rosales placed eighth in the 1,500 meters in a time of 4:43.66.
In the field, Claire Morgan was the top Matador finisher among five throwers in the discus. Morgan finished with a best of 148-3 (45.18) while Chelsea Wordell (132-6), Mariah Counts (123-7), Julienne Lewis-Sidge (115-4) and Catherine Chidester (103-5) followed. Sydney Hubbard was second in the shot put with a best of 40-2 (12.24) while teammates Jamila McIntosh was third (37-1.25), Wordell was fourth (36-11), Counts was fifth (35-11.50) and Lewis-Sidge was sixth (31-0.50).
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