Feb. 11, 2011
Cal State Northridge men's and women's track & field will head to the Boise State Team Challenge this weekend for their final tuneup before the MPSF Indoor Championships on Feb. 25-26 in Seattle, Wash.
The Matadors, who have one indoor meet in the books in 2011, will send 41 student-athletes to the meet (20 men, 21 women) which opens with the pentathlon and heptathlon on Friday. A majority of the field and track events are scheduled for Saturday. The men's pole vault, distance medley relay and a mixed 3000-meter masters run will also be contested on day one of two-day meet. Saturday's events begin at 9 a.m. with the men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles, while individual events begin at 9:30 a.m. with the women's weight throw. Individual track events begin at 10:40 a.m. with the mixed mile in the master's division and will end at 3:35 p.m. with the women's 4x400-meter relay.
In addition to the Matadors, seven teams will compete at Boise State. Utah Valley University, Utah State, Hawaii (women only), Northwest Nazarene, Eastern Oregon, College of Idaho and the host Broncos.
Northridge also competed in Boise at the Jackson's Open back in December, 2010 when seniors Sherrina Lofton and Desirae Gonder competed in the pentathlon. Lofton finished second with 3,844 points while Gonder did not finish the competition.
Two weeks ago at the UW Invitational in Seattle, several Matadors posted performances that ranked them in the Northridge Indoor top-10. On the women's side, Lofton ran a career-best 55.60 in the 400 meters to tie for fifth place on the all-time indoor list. She also cracked the top-10 in the high jump with a clearance of 5-5 which is fifth-best in CSUN indoor history.
On the men's side, Michael Woodham lowered his career-best time in the 60 meter hurdles to 8.21 which ties for eighth on the all-time men's list. Juan Olea and Hunter Hays both etched their names in the top-10 in the 5,000 meters as Olea moved into fifth place at 15:32.45 while Hays ranks sixth at 15:39.14.
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