NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The top athletes in the Big West Conference return to the Matador Track & Field Complex this weekend as the Big West Track & Field Championships return to Cal State Northridge for the first time since 2010.
The conference championships get underway Friday morning with the women's hammer at North Campus Stadium at 9 a.m. The first event on the track Friday is the men's steeplechase final at 2:30 p.m. The men's hammer kicks off the day Saturday at 9 a.m. The men's 4x100 relay final is the first track event Saturday at 2:08 p.m. The final event of the meet, the women's 4x400 relay, is scheduled for 5:19 p.m. The team championship presentations will take place at 5:25 p.m.
TV COVERAGE: Fox Sports Prime Ticket (DirecTV - 693, Dish Network - 411, Time Warner Cable - 31) will cover Saturday's competition live from 2:00-5:30 p.m.
The Big West Championships have been held at Cal State Northridge five times since 2003 and the Matadors have won four women's championships and two men's titles when CSUN has served as host of the championship meet. In all, the Matador women have won a conference-record eight team championships while the Northridge men have claimed four team titles.
Last season, the Matadors finished third on the men's side and fourth on the women's side as a team other than CSUN won a women's championship for the first time since 2005. The Matador women have dominated the conference championships in recent years, winning six straight team championships from 2006-11 before UC Davis wrestled the title away in 2012.
THE MATADOR WOMEN will seek to get back on the award stand this weekend as CSUN has several conference leaders heading into the championships. Junior Tiana Webberley, a two-time Big West champion (2010, 2011), has the top pole vault in the conference this season at 12-11.75 (3.96). The Matador 4x100 relay has the top time in the conference (44.69) while the 4x400 relay ranks second at 3:41.72.
The women's sprinters figure to play a large role in the team success this weekend as they have in every championship season. The Matadors will send a host of sprinters in both the 100 and 200 meters hoping to add to their long list of success in the short sprints. CSUN has won nine of the last 11 championships in the 100 meters and has won the 200 meters five times since 2002.
Junior Hafsatu Kamara leads the charge in the 100 as she has the third-best time (11.76) in the Big West this season. She is followed closely by Le'Shel Vines (11.94) while four others have run under 12.30. In the 200, Vines comes in ranked sixth in the conference with a season-best of 24.09 followed by Lexis Lambert (24.12) and Kamara (24.13). Lambert, Samantha Dirks and Jenna Vincej will also run the 400 meters as CSUN looks to duplicate Jackie Harrison's title from 2012.
Stephanie Hicks, who finished fifth in the Big West heptathlon last weekend, ranks fourth in the 100 meter hurdles as CSUN looks for its first 100 meter hurdles title since Heather Heron won in 2002.
In addition to Webberley, the Matador women have title contenders in the high jump, long jump, triple jump and several of the throwing events. Junior Ashley Henry ranks among the top-three in the high jump with a season-best 5-5.75 (1.67) while Marissa Rossi ranks fourth in the long jump with a best of 19-0 (5.79). Jealinda Mills, Cydney Leath and Rossi rank 4-5-6 in the triple jump heading into the championships.
In the throws, freshman Monique Griffiths ranks second in the discus with a top mark of 167-4.25 while Mariah Counts is also second in the javelin with a season-best of 139-4.25 (42.47). Several other CSUN throwers, including Rossi, Jakayla Daniels, Sydney Hubbard and Samantha Sinclair, could also contend as the Matadors are looking for their first championship in a throwing event since Morgan Bogard won the hammer in 2010.
THE MATADOR MEN are looking for their first team title since 2010 when Northridge easily outscored Long Beach State 173-145. The 49ers claimed the 2011 team title while UC Santa Barbara won in 2012.
Similar to the CSUN women, the men will look to their sprinters for points in the team title chase. Junior Carl Horsley will look to recapture his 2011 form that won him the title of the fastest man in the conference. Horsley, who has the fastest time in the Big West this season (10.48), won both the 100 and 200 as a freshman while CSUN's Kemar Marsden did the same last season. In all, the Matadors have won four straight 100 meter crowns and six of the last 10 dating back to Rashaad Allen in 2003.
Nicholas DiMartino carries the top CSUN time in the 200 meters (21.63) while Horsley is also in the field as is Kenneth Stone. The Matador men have won the last four Big West 200 meter championships with DeShawn Waters winning in 2009, David Reid in 2010, Horsley in 2011 and Marsden in 2012. Joshua Hemphill has CSUN's top qualifying time in the 110 hurdles (14.83) while Kevin Finley ran a season-best 14.88 in the Big West decathlon last weekend and ranks eighth. Donovan Toban will also run the hurdles for CSUN this weekend as the Matadors look for a sixth championship in the hurdles in the last nine years.
Khalid Jones and Isaiah Cantu carry the CSUN hopes in the 400 meters as Jones has the fourth best time (47.84) with Cantu ninth at 48.42. The Matador men have never won a 400 meter title while competing in the Big West. Ezekial Glass and Hunter Hays have the task of earning points in the middle distance races as Glass ranks ninth in the 800 meters and Hays ranks sixth in the 1,500 meters. CSUN is also seeking its first-ever title in each of those events.
The Matador men come in as the favorites in the 4x100 relay as the team of Derrick Harris, Horsley, Darquis Rucker and DiMartino ran a conference-best 40.51 at the Mt. SAC Relays in mid-April. CSUN has dominated the 4x100 relay winning four straight and seven of the last 10 championships. CSUN hasn't had the same success in the 4x400 relay, winning just once in 2003, but comes in with the fourth-best time (3:13.57) in the conference this season.
In the field events, DiMartino is the highest ranked Matador as he comes in with the second-best mark in the long jump (24-6.50 (7.48) with teammate Jory Rucker third at 23-11.75 (7.31). The CSUN men have won six Big West long jump titles but haven't finished atop the podium since Reindell Cole won in 2010. The Matador men have won five times in the triple jump, most recently Rolando Felizola in 2009, but junior Derion Taylor comes in ranked fifth at 48-5.25 (14.76).
Toban ranks fifth in the high jump with a season-best of 6-5 (1.96) while Harris has CSUN's top pole vault this season (15-1) which he set last weekend in the decathlon.
In the throws, Tucker Weathers finished in the top-four in both the hammer and shot put as a junior last season. He comes in this season ranked fourth in the hammer (183-4) and fifth in the shot (55-10.25). Teammate Jose Aviles ranks 10th in the shot put and 12th in the hammer while CSUN's Gavin Fallen has the fourth-best discus mark in the conference this season with a best of 170-4 (51.91). The last CSUN throwing event win came in 2010 when Derek Cooper won his third consecutive discus title, along with the shot put and Alex Butler won the Matadors' second-ever hammer championship.
CSUN carries eight points over from the mutli-events last weekend as the women have five points and the men have three.
||Decathlon|| Live Results
|100 Meters||2:00 p.m.||Results|
| May 3
|100 Meter Hurdles||2:30 p.m.||Results|
||Decathlon||11:00 a.m.|| Live Results
|110 Meter Hurdles||TBA||Results
||Heptathlon||1:00 p.m.||Live Results
|May 10||Field Events (Trials/Finals)||Live Results
|Women's Hammer||9:00 a.m.||Results|
|Men's Discus||12:00 p.m.||Results|
|Women's Long Jump||1:30 p.m.||Results|
|Men's Pole Vault||1:30 p.m.||Results|
|Women's High Jump||2:00 p.m.||Results|
|Women's Shot Put||2:00 p.m.||Results|
|Men's Long Jump||4:30 p.m.||Results|
|Men's Javelin||4:30 p.m.||Results|
|May 10||Track Events
(Trials Except Where Noted)
| Live Results
|Men's Steeplechase (Final)||2:30 p.m.||Results|
|Women's Steeplechase (Final)||2:45 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 1500 Meters||3:00 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 1500 Meters||3:20 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 110 Meter Hurdles||3:40 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 100 Meter Hurdles||4:00 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 400 Meters||4:15 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 400 Meters||4:30 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 100 Meters||4:45 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 100 Meters||5:00 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 800 Meters||5:15 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 800 Meters||5:30 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 400 Meter Hurdles||5:45 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 400 Meter Hurdles||6:00 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 200 Meters||6:15 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 200 Meters||6:30 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 10,000 Meters (Finals)||6:45 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 10,000 Meters (Finals)||7:25 p.m.||Results|
|May 11||Field Events (Trials/Finals)||Live Results
|Men's Hammer||9:00 a.m.||Results|
|Women's Javelin||12:30 p.m.||Results|
|Women's Triple Jump||12:30 p.m.||Results|
|Men's Triple Jump||12:30 p.m.||Results|
|Women's Pole Vault||2:00 p.m.||Results|
|Men's High Jump||2:00 p.m.||Results|
|Men's Shot Put||2:00 p.m.||Results|
|Women's Discus||3:00 p.m.||Results|
|May 11||Track Events (Finals)||Live Results
|Men's 4x100 Meter Relay||2:08 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 4x100 Meter Relay||2:13 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 1500 Meters||2:20 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 1500 Meters||2:30 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 110 Meter Hurdles||2:40 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 100 Meter Hurdles||2:50 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 400 Meters||3:00 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 400 Meters||3:07 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 100 Meters||3:17 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 100 Meters||3:24 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 800 Meters||3:34 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 800 Meters||3:41 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 400 Meter Hurdles||3:51 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 400 Meter Hurdles||4:01 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 200 Meters||4:11 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 200 Meters||4:19 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 5000 Meters||4:26 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 5000 Meters||4:46 p.m.||Results|
|Men's 4x400 Meter Relay||5:09 p.m.||Results|
|Women's 4x400 Meter Relay||5:19 p.m.||Results|
|Championship Presentation||5:25 p.m.
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