NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - With the Big West Outdoor Championships on the horizon, the Cal State Northridge men's and women's track & field squads head to the adidas/Steve Scott Invitational this weekend looking to add qualifiers to the conference championships.
The 19th annual adidas/Steve Scott Invitational gets underway with the women's hammer Saturday at 2 p.m. and concludes with the men's 4x400 relay Sunday at 5:10 p.m.
CSUN will send a host of its athletes looking to gain conference qualifying marks while others are looking to improve on season-best performances. Over 40 Matadors have already achieved Big West standards for the conference championship meet which will be held at the Matador Track & Field Complex over two weekends (May 3-4, 10-11) while others are just seconds or meters away from qualifying.
Heading into the final weekend before the conference championships, the Matador men and women have several performances that rank at or near the top of the Big West. For the men, Carl Horsley has the conference's top time in the 100 meters after running a lifetime-best 10.48 at the Texas Invitational two weeks ago. The CSUN 4x100 and 4x400 relays, which Horsley was a part of, also own the top time in the conference this season at 40.51 and 3:41.72 respectively.
In the field events, Nicholas DiMartino has the second-best long jump this season, 24-6.50 (7.48) which also came at the Texas Invitational. Donovan Toban and Derion Taylor are also currently in the top-five in the high jump and triple jump respectively. In the throws, Tucker Weathers currently ranks fourth in both the shot put and hammer while Gavin Fallen has the fourth-best mark in the discus this season.
On the women's side, Tiana Webberley, a two-time Big West champion in the pole vault, has the top height in the conference this season after clearing 12-11.75 (3.96) at the Texas Invitational. Ashley Henry ranks third in the high jump with a season-best of 5-5.75 (1.67). The Matador women also hope to make an impact in the throwing events as Mariah Counts and Marissa Rossi are currently 2-3 in the javelin while Monique Griffiths has the second-best discus mark in the conference this season.
On the track, CSUN heads into the final weekend with seven women ranked among the top-12 100 meter sprinters led by Hafsatu Kamara at 11.76. The Matador 4x100 relay team ranks second at 45.22 while the 4x400 relay is currentlly fourth at 3:13.57.
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