May 1, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. - On the same track where the Big West Championships will take place in two weeks, the Matador men's and women's track and field teams received some solid performances at the Asics/Steve Scott Invitational at Anteater Stadium Saturday and Sunday.
Junior Jackie Harrison spearheaded the women's effort as she ran a blistering 54.25 to win the 400 meters. Harrison, who came in with a season and career-best 54.48, improved on her third-best time in the conference this season. Her time ranks sixth in Northridge 400 meter history.
The Matadors were not able to improve their times in the 100 meters as Brooks ran 12.28 and Briana Davis ran 12.54.
CSUN had a successful day in the 5,000 meters as Araceli Zainos finished 19th in 18:29.66, the best time for a Matador runner outside of Lilyana Morejon's conference qualifying 17:13.14. Yvonne Castillo-Urbina finished 24th in 18:37.95 and Mallory Day was just behind but ran a lifetime-best 18:57.45 to place 25th.
The Matadors got a PR from Ese Ntekume in the triple jump as the junior surpassed her previous career-best with a leap of 39-11.50 (12.18) to finish seventh. Ntekume's best on Sunday was .04 meters better than her previous best of 39-10 (12.14).
Despite a season-best from Jamila McIntosh in the hammer (159-9) and a third-place finish from Haylee Varner in the javelin (128-2), the Matadors did not advance any additional throwers into the conference championships.
The Northridge men also had a successful day on the track as Carl Horsley and David Reid finished third and fourth in the 200 meters. Horsley also blistered the Anteater Stadium track as he shattered his previous season-best by more than .30 as he finished third in 21.11. Reid was just behind clocking a time of 21.20. Horsley's time in the 200 is the second-best time ever run by a CSUN freshman.
Looking to qualify additional sprinters in the 400 meters, the Matadors came up short as Trevor Carroll finished 15th in 49.62 and Oshunluyi Olatonbosun was 19th in 51.05. Jerrid Lewis and Hunter Hays were both impressive in the 800 meters as Lewis was seventh after running a season-best 1:54.57 while Hays was 13th also running a lifetime-best 1:56.79.
In the distance races, Juan Olea easily posted a season-best of 15:24.37 to finish 11th in the 5,000 meters.
As was the case with the women's throwers, Alex Murphy posted a season-best of 175-0 (53.33) in the javelin and Jose Aviles had a season-best of 46-1.25 (14.05) in the shot put but the men were not able to advance any additional athletes in the throws.
Cal State Northridge opens defense of its 2010 men's and women's conference championships next week as the decathlon and heptathlon competition gets underway at Anteater Stadium. The remainder of the squad will have one final chance at the Occidental Invitational to post a Big West qualifying time/mark.
- GO MATADORS -