SEATTLE, Wash. - Cal State Northridge men's and women's track & field concluded competition at the MPSF Indoor Championships Saturday at the University of Washington's Dempsey Indoor. Donovan Toban, who held the day one lead in the heptathlon, was injured and unable to finish the competition.
Toban was not only on pace to win the event but was on his way to breaking the CSUN record and qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Toban was injured running and was forced to withdraw from the heptathlon. He had PR'd in four events on Friday and had opened Saturday's events winning the 60 meter hurdles in 8.29. He then posted a height of 10-2 (3.10) in the pole vault and was not able to run in the 1,000 meters, the final event of the competition.
"It's a shame because Donovan was clearly in command of the competition," said Matador head coach Avery Anderson. "He had a national berth was certainly going to break Justin Johnson's school record. He was having a monster meet and was training at a level that told me has capable of putting this kind of meet together. I'm sad for him but injuries are a part of sports and adversity gives us a change to grow, he'll bounce back."
The Matador women picked up three points in the 60 meters as Le'Shel Vines was seventh (7.63) and Hafsatu Kamara was eighth (7.79). Vines ran the third-fastest time in CSUN indoor history on Friday posting a time of 7.51. Vines also narrowly missed the final in the 200 meters after running a season-best 24.79 in the prelims.
Lexis Lambert clocked a season-best 56.04 in the 400 meter prelims as did Samantha Dirks (56.83) and Jenna Vincej (57.74). The 4x400 relay team also posted an indoor season-best of 3:45.18 which left the Matador women seventh.
Ashley Henry finished third in the high jump to pick up an additional six points. Henry, who came into the championships with a season-best of 5-7, cleared 5-9.25 (1.76) on her second attempt. Cydney Leath also scored in the triple jump as she took seventh with a best of 38-4.25 (11.69) which is a season-best by nearly one meter.
On the men's side, the Matadors also scored 12 team points as Carl Horsley finished third in the 60 meters in a time of 6.87. Horsley was the seventh-fastest qualifier on Friday running a season-best of 6.82. Joshua Hemphill also advanced to the 60 meter hurdles final and went on to finish fourth in a CSUN season-best of 8.14.
Ezekial Glass also ran a season-best in the 800 meters finishing 16th in 1:55.76 while Tucker Weathers and Derrick Harris picked up the final team points in the shot put and heptathlon respectively. Weathers was sixth in the shot put tossing a season-best of 54-10.25 (16.72) while Harris placed eighth in the heptathlon after scoring a season-best 5,010 points.
"After this meet we're in a great place coming out of the indoor season as we move into the outdoor season," added Anderson. "There were lots of positives for us at this meet."
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