May 29, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. - Sophomore Reindell Cole finished second in the men's long jump to highlight a solid opening day of competition for Northridge track & field at the NCAA West Region Championships at Oregon's Hayward Field.
Cole, who came in with the second best long jump mark in the region at 25-9.50 (7.86), jumped 25-8.25 (7.83) on his first jump of the competition to claim second place. Luis Rivera-Morales of Arizona won the event, also on his first jump, by edging Cole with a distance of 25-9.50 (7.86). Cole's jump earned the Northridge men eight points in the Regional and he advances to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in two weeks.
Matador senior Rolando Felizola also competed in the long jump and finished ninth with a leap of 24-3.50 (7.40) which came on his second jump of the day.
Also in field event finals on Friday, junior Derek Cooper placed 11th in the men's shot put with a throw of 55-5.50 (16.90). Cooper fouled on his first two attempts before posting 16.90 meters on his final attempt.
Sophomore Thomas Johnson picked up an additional .75 points in the men's high jump as he tied for seventh after clearing 6-8.75 (2.05).
Junior Lance Gonzales was 12th in the javelin in his first regional competition. Gonzales posted a throw of 200-5 (61.08) and was third in his flight and 12th overall.
In the women's long jump, Northridge finished out of the scoring as Shelese Ruffin finished 13th and senior Candyce Babb was 14th. Ruffin jumped 19-00.50 (5.80) on her first attempt while Babb wrapped up her Northridge career with a leap of 18-05.25 (5.62).
Both Matador men and women had a successful day on the track as both 4x100 relay teams advanced to Saturday's final. The women's team of Precious Watkins, Sherrina Lofton, Dominique Calvin and Tara Prier ran a season-best 44.73 to finish fourth in the prelims and advance. The time is the third-best 4x100 relay time in Northridge history.
In the men's 4x100 relay, Ben Santos, De'Shawn Waters, Nic Taylor and Reindell Cole shattered the Northridge season-best by clocking a time of 40.13 to third in the prelims. The time is the sixth-best in Matador relay history.
Waters also advanced to Saturday's final in the 100 meters as the junior matched his season-best at 10.42 to finish third in his heat and fifth overall. Waters will run in Saturday's final at 2:40 p.m. Waters will also run in the final of the 200 meters at 3:35 p.m. after blowing past his season-best with a time of 21.07.
Lofton then ran a lifetime-best 11.45 in the women's 100 meters to take second in her heat and post the fourth-best time overall. Freshman Precious Watkins also posted a career-best by running 11.64 to finish fourth in the same heat and seventh overall. Both Lofton and Watkins will be among the eight finalists competing Saturday at 2:35 p.m.
Junior Shelese Ruffin completed the impressive day for the sprinters as she won her heat of the 400 meters in a time of 54.03. Ruffin takes the third-best time into Saturday's final at 2:45 p.m.
Junior Robert Robinson was the lone Matador not to make it out of qualifying despite running a lifetime-best 14.11 in the 110 meter hurdles. Robinson finished fifth in his heat and posted the ninth-best time in the prelims.
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