April 6, 2014

Matadors Face Uneven Weather in Two Bay Area Meets

STANFORD, Calif. - Cal State Northridge men's and women's track & field traveled to the San Francisco Bay Area over the weekend competing at both the Stanford Invitational and the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.

The Stanford Invitational featured over 3,300 athletes as well as Friday downpours before culminatiing Saturday with bright sunshine.

The Matador women's relay had another solid meet according to head coach Avery Anderson who also singled out the hurdlers as having a good weekend.

Both the women's 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams set season-bests at Stanford with the 4x100 clocking a season-best 44.89 which trailed only Texas A&M (43.69) and North Dakota State (44.81). The 4x400 quartet ran a season-best 3:38.33 which was over three seconds better than the previous season-best.

Both Stephanie Hicks and Mearie Veale advanced to the 100 meter hurdle final with Hicks finishing seventh in a season-best 14.06 and Veale not finishing after clocking a Matador season-best 14.00 in the prelims. Kim Dargel also ran a season-best 14.75 in the same prelim.

In the short sprints, Le'Shel Vines advanced to the 100 meter final and placed third in a time of 11.88. Samantha Dirks posted a season-best in the 200 meters finishing fourth in her heat at 24.35. Dirks also ran a season-best in the 400 meters taking first in her heat with a CSUN season-best of 55.09.

The jump squad continued its early season success as Cydney Leath had the top collegiate triple jump with a best of 40-3.25 (12.27) which is a season-best for the Matadors. Marissa Rossi was second to Leath at 39-4 (11.99). Rossi also had the top collegiate long jump (18-4.25) which was off her season-best of 19-3.50. Ashley Henry improved on her season-best in the high jump with a top clearance of 5-8.75 (1.75) which is slightly better than her previous season-best of 5-8.50. Lydia French cleared 5-7 (1.70) which was tops in her section.

Jenna Yowell took fifth in the pole vault with a top height of 12-0.50 (3.67) which is season-best by .07 meters. 

In the throws, Jakayla Daniels won her flight of the discus with a season-best of 158-6 (48.31) while Brianna Cueva also recorded a season-best of 146-1 (44.53).

On the men's side, Joshua Hemphill reached the 110 hurdles final where he finished seventh in 14.61 afetr running 14.57 in the prelims. 

In the field events, Lohnnie Tape-Jackson matched his season-best in the high jump after clearing 6-5 (1.96) which tied for fifth. Derion Taylor posted a CSUN season-best in the triple jump with a top mark of 48-3.50 (14.72).

At San Francisco State's Distance Carnival, Alexis Pichardo (38:06.18) and Megan Magdaleno (38:08.17) ran the first 10,000 meter races of the season with Pichardo finishing 17th followed by Magdaleno in 18th. Rachel Duriez clocked a season-best 5:04.29 in the 1,500 meters while Alex Monsivaiz clocked a time of 4:03.24 on the men's side.

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