CSUN in the Hunt After Day One of Big West Multi-Events

Day One Results (PDF)

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge had a solid opening day of the Multi-Event competition as the 2013 Big West Outdoor Championships kicked off Friday at the Matador Track & Field Complex.

On a warm afternoon on a fast track, both the Matador men and women had several season-best performances as CSUN seeks points heading into the main portion of the meet next weekend.

The Matadors' Derrick Harris led the decathlon for a portion of day one while Stephanie Hicks sat atop the heptathlon competition for a time on Friday as well. Both wound up the day in fourth-place but are right in the thick of things heading into Saturday's final afternoon of competition.

In the decathlon, Harris scored a day one total of 3,684 points as he PR'd in three of the five events. He finished first in the 100 meters in a personal-best 10.76 then followed that up with another personal-best in the long jump of 22-3 (6.79). Harris then had a best of 35-6 (10.82) in the shot put and cleared 6-2 (1.88) in the high jump before finishing the day with another PR of 50.90 in the 400 meters.

Taylor Cudequest, who is currently in ninth-place with 3,295 points, also had a solid day posting personal-bests in four events. Cudequest PR'd in the 100 meters (11.44), long jump (20-7), shot put (37-10) and 400 meters (51.40). Kevin Finley rounded out the CSUN trio as he sits 10th with 3,260 points while also scoring personal-bests in the 100 (11.26), shot put (34-8.25), high jump (5-10.50) and 400 (51.18).

In the heptathlon, Hicks led a quartet of CSUN women as she tallied an even 3,000 points on day one. Hicks won the 100 hurdles in a time of 14.44, cleared 5-1.25 in the high jump then PR'd in both the shot put (35-7.25) and the 400 meters (25.87).

Jealinda Mills is in ninth-place with 2,767 points after posting personal-bests in three of the four events on Friday. She PR'd in the 100 hurdles (15.57), high jump (5-0.25) and 200 meters (26.00). Niah Simmons is 12th with 2,623 points and PR'd in the 100 hurdles (15.43) and 200 meters (25.95) while Jordan DuFault is 14th with 2,522 points. DuFault posted bests in a trio of events, the 100 hurdles (16.74), high jump (4-11) and 200 (26.97).

"I thought they all fought really hard today," said CSUN head coach Avery Anderson about his athletes. "They all battled well and through the competition and are right in the mix to try and score some points for the team."

Samantha Ballentine of Hawai'i is the day one leader in the heptathlon with 3,235 points with Jazmine Lewis of UC Riverside second (3,010) and Taylor Jackson of Long Beach State third (3,003). 16 women began the competition on Friday. UC Santa Barbara's Derek Masterson leads the decathlon with 3,756 points followed by teammate Mikael Powers (3,728) and Long Beach State's Garrett Demirjian. 11 men entered the decathlon competition.

Saturday gets underway at 11 a.m. with the sixth event of the decathlon, the 110 meters. The first heptathlon event of the day is the long jump at 1 p.m.