Final Indoor Tuneup for CSUN at MPSF Indoor Championships This Weekend
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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge men's and women's track & field squads compete at their final indoor meet of the season as the Matadors travel to Seattle for the MPSF Indoor Championships.
CSUN will send a squad of 40 men and women to Dempsey Indoor stadium for the championship meet which gets underway Friday at noon with the women's weight throw final.
Both Matador squads typically use the MPSF Championship meet as a final springboard for the beginning of the outdoor season and this weekend will be no different.
The field is stacked with some of the top programs on the west coast as Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and Washinton will represent the Pac-12 Conference. Cal State Fullerton, Hawai'i, Long Beach State, UC Irvine and the Matadors come out of the Big West Conference along with BYU out of the West Coast Conference.
Arizona State is the defending champion on the men's side while Oregon is the defending women's team champion.
For CSUN, 24 women and 16 men will make the trip as the Matadors look for positive results and to remain healthy heading into the outdoor season.
Northridge will have plenty of sprinters in the meet as six women and six men will run the 60 meters. Carl Horsley owns the Matadors' top time on the men's side at 6.77 which is just outside the top-50 in the nation this year. Horsley has a chance to qualify the NCAA Indoor Championhsips in Albuquerque, N.M. on Mar. 14-15.
Le'Shel Vines leads the women's side as she has run a season-best 7.49 at the Mountain T's Invitational at Northern Arizona in early February. Eight CSUN women are scheduled to run the 200 meters while six men are scheduled to compete in the 200. The 400 meters will feature four Matadors on each side while the 60 meter hurdles is scheduled to feature five CSUN women and three men.
Alex Monsivaiz also has an outside shot at qualifying for the NCAA's in the 800 meters as he owns a season-best of 1:51.50. The UCLA transfer will be the lone CSUN runner in the mid and long distance races.
Ashley Henry leads the Matador jump squads into the championship meet as she owns the third-best height in the MPSF this season. Henry, who also has a chance to make it to Albuquerque as she ranks 21st in the nation, cleared a lifetime-best 5-10.75 (1.80) which ranks third in CSUN indoor history. Lydia French has also jumped well this season and brings a best of 5-7 (1.70) into the meet.
The Matadors also look for success in the pole vault as the quartet of Tiana Webberley, Katrina Wilbanks, Jenna Yowell and Caitlin Nilssen make up one of the strongest vault groups CSUN has had in some time.
The Matador women will also look for points in the throws as Sydney Hubbard and Jakayla Daniels compete in the shot put while Monique Griffiths and Julienne Lewis-Sidqe represent CSUN in the weight throw.
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