April 12, 2011
Cal State Northridge opens a special week at the Mt. SAC Relays where head coach Don Strametz will be inducted into the hall of fame. The Matadors will also send athletes to the Cal State L.A. Twilight Meet and Azusa Pacific this week.
Following a three-city tour last week, Northridge will split up its men's and women's teams this week as the Matadors visit three different venues looking for Big West qualifiers and overall improvement.
MATADORS OPEN AT MT. SAC RELAYS
CSUN opens the week at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut as the Matadors will send a total of 27 athletes plus relays to the annual meet. Senior Sherrina Lofton, coming off her impressive performance last week in the heptathlon at the Texas Relays, is scheduled to compete in three individual events and both relays for the Matadors at Mt. SAC. Junior Precious Watkins is also scheduled for three individual events and two relays as is freshman Carl Horsley on the men's side.
Pole vaulters Tiana Webberley and Matt Todd are also looking to continue their solid jumping of recent weeks. Webberley matched her career-best of 12-8.75 (3.88) at UCLA's Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational last weekend while Todd, who hails from Walnut and attended Mt. SAC, set a career-best with a clearance of 16-4.75 (5.00) two weeks ago at the Cal-Nevada Championships.
Senior Lilyana Morejon is entered in the 10,000 meter Invitational race at 7 p..m. which will undoubtedly be the finest field Morejon has ever faced in a 10,000 meter race. The women's 4x400 relay is also entered in the invitational portion of the meet and are scheduled to run Saturday evening.
STRAMETZ INDUCTED INTO MT. SAC RELAYS HALL OF FAME
Matador Director of Track & Field Don Strametz will be inducted into the Mt. SAC Relays Hall of Fame along with four other inductees. The Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 13th, 6:00 pm at the Pacific Palms Resort and Conference Center.
"Growing up in Southern California, there is one big meet each year and that's the Mt. SAC Relays," said Strametz. "I've been going out there since 1975 so it's always been the meet you look forward to every year. Something is always there for you to accomplish, it's just a total honor to be inducted."
In addition to Strametz, the following will also be inducted:
Scott Davis (Legendary Announcer/Former Mt. SAC Relays Director)
Dr. Ernest Gregoire (Legendary Coach of the Cheetahs and former US Olympic and National Team Coach)
Santa Monica Track Club (Relay Team members)
Art Venegas (Former UCLA Head Coach)
SPLIT SQUADS COMPETE AT CAL STATE LA AND AZUSA PACIFIC
The Matadors will send a handful of athletes to the Cal State LA Twilight Open Thursday evening as several pole vaulters on both the men's and women's side, including Webberley, are scheduled to compete. In addition, several CSUN sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers will also look to post Big West qualifying marks. The Matador throwers and distance runners will then head to Azusa to compete at the Bryan Clay Invitational on Friday. The Matador hammer throwers will compete at Cerritos College on Thursday as part of the invitational.
LOFTON, GONDER ON THE NATIONAL MAP
Lofton and fellow senior Desirae Gonder put themselves on the national map last week with impressive performances at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. Lofton currently has the eighth-best heptathlon performance (5,366 points) in the country while Gonder ranks 11th with 5,294 points. The Matador women have won two of the last five Big West heptathlon titles with Lofton winning in 2009 and LaShana Verdon winning in 2006. Lofton's lifetime-best in the heptathlon came when she scored 5,420 at the 2009 Northridge Invitational while Gonder's career-best of 5,512 came when she finished second to UCSB's Barbara Nwaba at the 2010 Big West Championship.
BIG WEST WOMEN'S TRACK RANKED 10TH NATIONALLY
In the USTFCCCA computer rankings on Apr. 5, the Big West was ranked the 10th best conference in the Women's Conference Index Top-10. Despite not having a team ranked in the top-25, the Big West garnered 117.52 points to trail the Missouri Valley (170.17), BIG EAST (266.92), Mountain West (314.71), Conference USA (346.48), Big Ten (398.26), ACC (783.86), SEC (1044.65), Pac-10 (1177.68) and Big 12 (1389.69).
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