May 10, 2012

Matadors Look to Continue Dominance at 2012 Big West Track & Field Championships

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Cal State Northridge heads into the 2012 Big West Track & Field Championships looking to continue its dominance on the women's side while regaining its stride on the men's side.

Following the decathlon and heptathlon last weekend, the championship meet continues Friday and Saturday (May 11-12) at UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium. Competition begins both days at 9 a.m. with the men's hammer opening things on Friday with the women's hammer getting the meet underway on Saturday. The first event on the track Friday is the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase at 2 p.m. with the first track event on Saturday, the women's 4x100 relay final, scheduled for 2 p.m. The meet concludes with the men's 4x400 meter relay at 4:50 p.m. A complete meet schedule is listed below.

The Matador women, who have won six consecutive Big West titles, can match Utah State (1993-1999) for the most consecutive team championships in conference history with a win this weekend. The CSUN women, who already own the Big West record with eight championships overall, have not finished lower than second-place since the Matadors joined the Big West in 2001-02.

The Matador men finished fifth last season after winning back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010. Northridge has won five Big West men's championships which ties Long Beach State for fourth-best in conference history.

The Matador men and women will look to a new leader at this weekend's championship as Avery Anderson leads both squads for the first time following Don Strametz's retirement in 2011. Anderson is no stranger to success at the conference championship meet as the long-time assistant coach had a huge hand in the Matadors' success on both the men's and women's side since 2005.

MATADORS OPEN WITH 13 POINTS IN MULTI EVENTS
Cal State Northridge sophomore Olympia Jewett scored a career-best 5,040 points to finish third in the heptathlon while the Matador men finished fifth, sixth and ninth in the decathlon. Jewett, who's previous best of 4,878 points came at the season-opening Northridge Invitational, was fourth with 3,109 points after day one on Friday. She then finished second in the long jump, ninth in the javelin and seventh in the 800 meters to earn an additional 1,931 points on Saturday. Jewett matched her season-bests in the high jump (5-5) and shot put (37-6.75) on Friday and set season-bests in both the long jump (5.57m) and the javelin (107-3) on Saturday. Her two-day point total of 5,040 ranks eighth in Northridge history and gives the Matadors six points as they look to capture their seventh consecutive conference championship. Sophomore Jordan DuFault also competed for the Matadors and finished ninth with a lifetime-best 4,512 points. In the decathlon, Derrick Harris finished a team-best fifth with 6,441 points while Kevin Finley was sixth (6,407) and Donovan Toban was ninth (6,257). Northridge scored a total of seven points in the event.

MATADOR WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
The Northridge women are seeking their seventh consecutive Big West team championship after earning their record-setting eighth overall championship since joining the conference in 2002 ... The Matador women have had a tremendous amount of success in Big West Championship meets hosted at UC Irvine as CSUN won team titles in and 2002, 2004, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Matadors finished second at UCI in 2005 ... Several women come into the championship ranked at or near the top of the Big West performance list. The 4x400 relay team has the top time in the conference this season after running 3:39.42 at the Cal-Nevada Championships. Jackie Harrison ranks second in the 400 meters and Ese Ntekume is ranked second in the triple jump. The Matadors are defending champion in four events heading into Friday's competition ... The Matadors outscored UC Santa Barbara by 39.5 points to win last season's championship after winning the 2010 championship by the smallest margin (five points) ever. Northridge's largest margin of victory came in 2009 after the Matadors defeated second-place Cal Poly by 83.5 points ... Northridge will be challenged to retain its dominance in the 100 meters as UC Davis' Melanise Chapman comes in as the top-ranked sprinter with a season-best of 11.59. The Matadors, who have not lost a 100 meter final since 2003, have won nine of the last 100 meter titles and Briana Davis and Precious Watkins have each run 11.98 to lead the Matadors this season. Watkins finished third last season while Davis was seventh as Sherrina Lofton won her third crown as the fastest woman in the conference ... Northridge has also dominated the 4x400 relay as the Matadors have won four straight titles and eight overall in their 10 years in the conference. Last season, Cal State Fullerton snapped a streak of five straight championships for the Matadors in the 4x100 relay ... The Matador women have won at least one Big West championship in 16 of the 22 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 and discus ... The three events with the longest droughts since the last CSUN win are the 100 meter hurdles, triple jump and javelin. Heather Heron won the Matadors' last 100 hurdle title in 2002 while Dee Scott won CSUN's last triple jump title and Sammie Freeman won the Matadors' last javelin championship also in 2002.

MATADOR MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES
Although they are not among the favorites this weekend, the Matador men look to add to their impressive Big West history as Northridge has claimed five of the past eight conference crowns ... The Matador men come in with three athletes ranked at the top of the conference. Senior Thomas Henry ranks first in the 100 meters (10.56), while Kemar Marsden is ranked first in the 200 meters (21.14) and is third in the 100 meters (10.58). Junior Donovan Toban comes in with the top long jump this season as he jumped 24-1 (7.34) at the Cal-Nevada Championship. Toban is also ranked second in the triple jump (50-0.5) this season. The Matador 4x100 relay team owns the best time in the Big West this season after running 40.93 at the Stanford Invitational in April. Also highly ranked on the men's side and expected to contend for event titles are Michael Woodham (fourth in the 110 hurdles), Bobby Workman (fifth in the 400 meters), Thomas Johnson (fourth in the high jump) and Tucker Weathers (fourth in the hammer) ... The Northridge men have also dominated the 100 meters in recent years as the Matadors have claimed the title as the Big West's fastest man six times since 2003. Carl Horsley is the defending champion as CSUN has won the last three 100 meter finals. Horsley, the 2011 Big West Freshman of the Year, is also the defending champion in the 200 meters where the Matadors have also won three straight titles. Woodham also looks to defend his title in the 110 hurdles while the CSUN men have won six of the last nine conference championships in the 4x100 relay (2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) ... The Matador men have won at least one conference championship in 14 of the 21 championship events.

BIG WEST CONFERENCE TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 11-12, 2012
Anteater Stadium - UC Irvine

Event Schedule

Friday, May 11
9:00 a.m. - Men's Hammer (Final)
10:00 a.m. - Women's Javelin (Final)
12:00 p.m. - Women's Long Jump (Final)
12:00 p.m. - Men's High Jump (Final)
1:00 p.m. - Men's Shot Put (Final)
1:00 p.m. - Women's Pole Vault (Final)
2:00 p.m. - Women's Steeplechase (Final)
2:15 p.m. - Men's Steeplechase (Final)
2:30 p.m. - Women's 1,500 Meters (Prelims)
2:45 p.m. - Men's 1,500 Meters (Prelims)
3:00 p.m. - Women's 100 Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
3:00 p.m. - Men's Long Jump (Final)
3:15 p.m. - Men's 110 Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
3:30 p.m. - Women's 400 Meters (Prelims)
3:45 p.m. - Men's 400 Meters (Prelims)
4:00 p.m. - Women's 100 Meters (Prelims)
4:00 p.m. - Women's Discus (Final)
4:10 p.m. - Men's 100 Meters (Prelims)
4:20 p.m. - Women's 800 Meters (Prelims)
4:35 p.m. - Men's 800 Meters (Prelims)
4:50 p.m. - Women's 400 Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
5:05 p.m. - Men's 400 Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
5:20 p.m. - Women's 200 Meters (Prelims)
5:35 p.m. - Men's 200 Meters (Prelims)
5:50 p.m. - Women's 10,000 Meters (Final)
6:35 p.m. - Men's 10,000 Meters (Final)

Saturday, May 12
9:00 a.m. - Women's Hammer (Final)
10:00 a.m. - Men's Javelin (Final)
12:00 p.m. - Women's High Jump (Final)
12:00 p.m. - Men's Triple Jump (Final)
1:00 p.m. - Men's Pole Vault (Final)
1:00 p.m. - Women's Shot Put (Final)
2:00 p.m. - Women's 4x100 Relay (Final)
2:05 p.m. - Men's 4x100 Relay (Final)
2:15 p.m. - Women's 1,500 Meters (Final)
2:20 p.m. - Men's 1,500 Meters (Final)
2:30 p.m. - Women's 100 Meter Hurdles (Final)
2:40 p.m. - Men's 110 Meter Hurdles (Final)
2:50 p.m. - Women's 400 Meters (Final)
2:55 p.m. - Men's 400 Meters (Final)
3:00 p.m. - Women's 100 Meters (Final)
3:00 p.m. - Men's Discus (Final)
3:00 p.m. - Women's Triple Jump (Final)
3:05 p.m. - Men's 100 Meters (Final)
3:10 p.m. - Women's 800 Meters (Final)
3:20 p.m. - Men's 800 Meters (Final)
3:30 p.m. - Women's 400 Meter Hurdles (Final)
3:40 p.m. - Men's 400 Meter Hurdles (Final)
3:50 p.m. - Women's 200 Meters (Final)
3:55 p.m. - Men's 200 Meters (Final)
4:00 p.m. - Women's 5,000 Meters (Final)
4:20 p.m. - Men's 5,000 Meters (Final)
4:40 p.m. - Women's 4x400 Relay (Final)
4:50 p.m. - Men's 4x400 Relay (Final)
5:00 p.m. - Championship Presentation

- GO MATADORS -

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