February 27, 2009

Matador Men Third, Women Eighth After Day One of MPSF Indoor Championships

Feb. 27, 2009

SEATTLE, Wash. - Sophomore Reindell Cole, in just his second indoor meet of the season, finished second in the long jump while De'Shawn Waters took second in the 200 meters to lead the Cal State Northridge men to 28 points and third place after day one of the MPSF Indoor Championships at Dempsey Indoor.

Cole, who long jumped for the first time two weeks ago on the same track, posted an NCAA Provisional mark of 24-11.25 (7.60) on his first jump of the championships to earn eight points. Senior Rolando Felizola took sixth at 23-11.75 (7.31) as the Matadors claimed 11 points in the long jump. Chris Kelly also posted a season-best with a mark of 21-4.25 (6.51).

Waters, who came into the meet with a season-best of 21.82 in the 200 meters, shattered that time with a 21.43 to finish .15 behind Brent Gray of Long Beach State (21.28). Nic Taylor also ran a season-best 21.96. Waters also qualified for the 60 meter final after clocking a season-best time of 6.81 in Friday's prelim. Despite matching his season-best of 6.98, Taylor did not reach the final. Also on the track, Michael Woodham ran a season-best 8.31 in the 60 meter hurdles but narrowly missed reaching Saturday's final.

In the throws, senior Cody Pearce added five points to the Matador tally as he finished fourth in the weight throw with an indoor lifetime-best 63-11.75 (19.50). Pearce's mark ranks second in Northridge indoor history and is also an NCAA Provisional qualifier.

Northridge has two of the top five in the men's heptathlon as Robert Robinson is second after day one with 3.073 points and Lance Gonzales is fifth at 2,885. Robinson finished first in the 60 meters (7.07), second in the long jump (22-11), fourth in the high jump (6-6) and fifth in the shot put (40-2).

On the women's side, senior Morgan Bogard uncorked a lifetime-best throw of 62-8.50 (19.11) in the women's weight throw to finish second and also earn an NCAA Provisional mark. Bogards toss earned the Matador women eight of their 11 points on day one.

Shelese Ruffin picked up three points in the long jump as she jumped a season-best 19-8.25 (6.00) to finish sixth. Dugall posted an indoor career-best at 18-6.50 (5.65) but finished 11th.

In the prelims of the women's 60 meters, Sherrina Lofton ran the fastest time of her qualying heat (7.54) to advance to Saturday's final. Dominique Calvin (7.81), Vanice Colbert (8.01) and LaShandra Batiste (8.09) failed to advance. Stella Dugall reached the final of the 60 meter hurdles with a lifetime-best 8.62 but Batiste (9.02) did not make it past the prelims.

In the 200 meters, the Matadors' four sprinters did not place but Calvin ran an indoor personal-best (25.56) and Jackie Harrison ran a season-best (25.75). Colbert (26.18) and Batiste (26.42) also ran the 200 meters for Northridge.

Sophomore Lilyana Morejon finished 13th in the 5,000 meters in a time of 17:06.47 which was just five spots away from scoring.

Pole vaulters Megan Hill and Brittany Williams both failed to height as both fouled on all three attempts at 3.55 meters.

The 25th-ranked Stanford women lead with 56 points followed by 8th-ranked Arizona State and 3rd-ranked Oregon which are tied for second with 47.

The MPSF Championships resume Saturday morning at 11 a.m., with conference champs crowned in the majority of the sprints and distance events, plus high and triple jumps, the shot put, and men's pole vault. The men's and women's 4x400m relays bring the meet to a close at around 3:30 p.m.

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