IRVINE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge has 38 points on the men's side and 30 on the women's side through seven events at the 2012 Big West Track & Field Championships. In addition, the Matadors advanced several athletes to Saturday event finals as CSUN sits third and fifth respectively.
The Northridge men, in third-place through seven events, have 38 points after earning 31 on Friday. The Matadors scored seven points in last week's decathlon. Tucker Weathers earned a lions share of the CSUN points on Friday as he finished second in the hammer (190-3) and fourth in the shot put (57-0.25) for 13 points. Donovan Toban also had a solid performance in the long jump (24-0.25), earning eight points for a second-place finish while Nicholas DiMartino earned five points for a fourth-place finish (23-10.25). Thomas Johnson completed the men's scoring as the senior finished fourth in the high jump (6-9).
The Matadors have a large deficit to make up as UC Santa Barbara leads the men's team race with 105 points through seven events. UC Riverside is second with 44 points as seven teams have scored.
In the women's chase, Northridge is in fifth-place with 30 points while the UCSB women lead the way with 73. The Matadors, who earned six points from Olympia Jewett in last week's heptathlon, made up some of the deficit with 24 points on Friday.
Northridge picked up 10 points in the pole vault as Jenna Yowell finished third (12-0.50) and Jenna Hulion took fifth (11-6.50). The Matadors also scored well in the discus as Claire Morgan took fourth (152-7) followed by teammates Chelsea Wordell in sixth (137-8) and Mariah Counts in eighth (134-11). Stella Dugall (18-8) and Ese Ntekume (18-6.50) finished sixth and seventh in the long jump to add five points to the team total.
With 14 men's and 14 women's finals coming up Saturday, both Matador squads look to narrow the gap. 10 men and nine women advanced in track prelims on Friday.
The Matador men, the three-time defending champion in the 100 meters, advanced Kemar Marsden (10.59), Carl Horsley (10.68) and Thomas Henry (10.69) to the final. Horsley is the defending champion while Marsden had the top time in the prelims with Henry posting the fastest time coming into the championships. Marsden and Horsley also moved on in the 200 meters as Marsden again had the top qualifying time (21.45) while Horsley was seventh (21.99). In the 400 meters, Khalid Jones was the lone CSUN sprinter in the event and he qualified in 48.60. Michael Woodham, the 2011 champion, advanced in the 110 meter hurdles clocking the third-best time of 14.37 while teammate Kevin Finley also moved on after finishing sixth in 14.63.
The Matador women, who have won every 100 meter race since 2004, advanced three sprinters to Saturday's final as Briana Davis (12.01), Precious Watkins (12.02) and LeShel Vines (12.05) will look to continue the streak. Jackie Harrison (24.49), Davis (24.55) and Watkins (24.83) advanced in the 200 meters while Harrison (53.86) and Jasmine Cox (55.98) will represent CSUN in the 400 meter final. Harrison had the top 400 meter prelim time of the eight who reached the final.
Ana Rosales was the lone distance runner to advance as she qualified for Saturday's 1,500 meter final after running 4:39.23. LeGia Pendergraph narrowly missed advancing in the 1,500 meters while Vanessa Carr came up just shy of reaching the 800 meter final.
Saturday opens with the women's hammer at 9 a.m. while the first track event is the women's 4x100 meter relay at 2 p.m.
BIG WEST TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
May 11-12, 2012
Anteater Stadium - UC Irvine
Men's Team Scores (after 7 events)
1. UC Santa Barbara - 105
2. UC Riverside - 44
3. Northridge - 38
4. Long Beach State - 36
5. Cal Poly - 30
6. UC Irvine - 16
7. UC Davis - 4
Women's Team Scores (after 7 events)
1. UC Santa Barbara - 73
2. UC Davis - 53
3. Long Beach State - 51
4. UC Riverside - 32
5. Northridge - 30
6. Cal Poly - 21
7. Cal State Fullerton - 8
8. UC Irvine - 5
- GO MATADORS -