Indoor Success For Matadors at Boise State Invitational

Feb. 14, 2010

NAMPA, Idaho - In its second and final tuneup before the MPSF Indoor Championships, Cal State Northridge had a successful weekend at the Boise State Invitational at Jackson Track.

In the sprints for the Matador women, Sierra Brooks finished a team-best sixth in a season-best time of 7.78. Brooks' qualifying time of 7.86 was the fourth-fastest at the meet. Crystal Spears also qualified for the final and placed 13th in a personal-best 8.02 while Stella Dugall was 15th in a time of 8.09. Spears also ran well in the 200 meters as she shattered her previous indoor-best with a time of 25.32 which was good for 12th. Brooks was 17th (25.59) and Lauren Michaels was 28th (25.62).

Dugall also reached the final of the 60 meter hurdles and finished sixth in 8.83 which was .02 off her previous indoor best. LaShandra Batiste also reached the final and placed eighth in a season-best 9.23.

Shelese Ruffin ran her first 400 meter race of the season and finished fourth in a time of 56.15 followed closely by teammate Jasmine Cox who was fifth in 56.94. Michaels was also in the top-10 finishing in 58.44. In the 800 meters, Erika Gallegos finished 10th in a time of 2:21.57.

In the distance events, Lilyana Morejon won the 3,000 meters despite finishing off her indoor-best and Northridge record 9:57.63. Morejon ran 10:07.34 on Saturday to easily hold off the field. Zitlalic Ley was fifth in 10:22.13 and Sharon Wilkinson was 15th in 10:51.08.

The women's 4x400 meter relay team of Batiste, Spears, Ruffin and Cox finished second to UCLA in a time of 3:50.02.

In the women's field events, Ashley Griffith jumped a Northridge season-best 5-3 (1.60) to finish fifth in the high jump. In the pole vault, Megan Hill improved for the second straight indoor meet as she cleared 11-4.25 (3.46) to take fifth. Tiana Webberely also jumped 11-4.25 but finished eighth followed by Jenna Hulian (10-10.25) and Cristi Allen (10-4.25).

Ruffin and Dugall were impressive in the long jump as Ruffin finished second at 19-4.75 (5.91) and Dugall was third at 18-1.50 (5.52). Hulion was seventh with a jump of 17-0 (5.24). In the triple jump, Dugall was second with a leap of 38-0.75 (11.60).

In the throws, Whitney Hooks was second with a season-best 44-2.75 (13.48) while Morgan Bogard also took second in the weight throw with a season-best 62-6.75 (19.07) which was just .04 meters off her previous indoor best.

Senior Bradley Ike highlighted the men's efforts on the track winning the 60 meters in a time of 6.79. Ike ran a personal indoor-best 6.74 two weeks ago at the UW Invitational in Seattle. Ben Santos also reached Saturday's final finishing ninth in a time of 7.00 followed by David Reid (7.02) in 11th, Reindell Cole (7.10) in 13th and Michael Woodham (7.14) in 14th. Ike then finished fifth in the 200 meters in a season-best 21.77 followed by Reid who was sixth in 21.97.

Woodham finished second in the 60 meter hurdle prelims then took second in the final to UCLA's Kevin Craddock in a lifetime-best 8.26. Owen Morse was eighth in a time of 8.56.

The Matadors finished 13th and 14th in the 400 meters as Deleon Carter ran 51.53 and Adam Marvin ran 51.54. In the 800 meters, Steven Gonzales placed 15th in a time of 2:01.55.

Hunter Hays ran both distance races, finishing 12th in the mile (4:30.80) and 15th in the 3,000 meters (9:00.33).

The Northridge 4x400 relay team of Carter, Reid, Marvin and Morse finished ninth in a time of 3:30.99.

In the field events, Cole won his second long jump of the season with a leap of 24-1 (7.34). Cole also won the long jump at the UW Invitational two weeks ago. Thomas Johnson took second in the high jump after clearing 6-8.75 (2.05). In the pole vault, Matt Todd cleared 15-1 (4.60) to claim sixth place and Awet Hagos took third in the triple jump with a leap of 48-1.75 (14.67). Eric Fremd was fifth with a mark of 46-4 (14.12).

In the throws, Alex Butler was sixth in the shot put at 49-3.75 (15.03) but Northridge's leader in the event Derek Cooper did not compete.

The Matador men and women will next compete at the MPSF Indoor Championships in Seattle on Feb. 26-27.

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