Matador Track & Field Recap from UCLA Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational

April 12, 2009

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Shelese Ruffin highlighted the Cal State Northridge track and field team on the final day of the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational at UCLA's Drake Stadium.

Ruffin had an impressive run in the 400 meter hurdles as she ran a blistering 60.13 to get under NCAA Regional qualifying standards. Vanice Colbert also posted a season-best clocking in at 61.47. In the 800 meters, Jasmine Cox shattered her previous season-best by running 2:14.17 to finish sixth while Brenna Hoffman also bettered her lifetime-best with a time of 2:20.12. Also on the track, Tara Prier ran well in the 400 meters finishing second in a season-best 55.04. In the 200 meters, Precious Watkins finished eighth (24.70) and Dominique Calvin was ninth (24.86). LaShandra Batiste also finished fourth in the 100 meters with a time of 14.45.

In the distance events, Lilyana Morejon bettered her season-best in the 1,500 meters by more than five seconds as she came in 16th in 4:50.63. Sandra Velarde ran a lifetime-best 18:30.71 in the 5,000 meters while Nanci Velarde was 17th (18:51.37) and Mallory Day was 20th (19:52.16).

Candyce Babb set a season-best in the long jump with a distance of 18-01.50 (15.52) which left her in seventh place. Stella Dugall took fifth in the triple jump with a season-best 39-6 (12.04) which was just off her career-best of 39-11.25.

In the women's throws, Stephanie Ralls finished third in the shot put posting a mark of 42-0 (12.80). Claire Morgan was fourth in the discus approaching her season0best with a throw of 138-8 (42.26) and also finished 11th in the hammer with a toss of 120-10 (36.52). Whitney Hooks also competed in the discus and took ninth with a mark of 118-4 (36.06). Hooks finished fifth in the shot put Invitational section throwing 43-11.25 (13.39). Haylee Varner took ninth in the javelin with a throw of 133-07 (40.72).

Megan Hill had her best pole vault of the season clearing 11-1.75 (3.40) to reach Big West qualifying standards.

For the men in the sprints, Ben Santos matched his season-best of 10.90 to finish ninth in the 100 meters Invitational. Nic Taylor tied for fourth in the 100 meters open in a season-best time of 10.91. Taylor just edged Reindell Cole (10.94) who ran his first 100 meter race of the season. Kevin Nious was 11th in the 100 with a season-best 11.11 and Adam Marvin was 19th in 11.33. Michael Woodham finished eighth in the 110 hurdles after clocking a time of 15.12 while Talkington was 18th with a season-best 15.87.

Bobby Olivera ran the 1,500 meters and finished 24th in a Northridge season-best time of 4:04.90.

In the jumps, Talkington took fifth in the high jump at 6-4 (1.93) while Chris Kelly placed eighth in the long jump with a distance of 20-8.50 (6.31). In the open section of the triple jump, Eric Fremd finished fourth with a leap of 46-8.25 (14.23).

For the Matador men, senior Cody Pearce approached his season-best in the hammer with a mark of 184-6 (56.25) which left him fourth in the Invitational section. Derek Cooper posted a second place finish in the discus open section after throwing 171-5 (52.26). Cooper already has an NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 171-10 (52.37). Mike Tull also competed in the section and placed 14th with a disappointing throw of 134-2 (40.40). In the open section of the shot put, Tull was fifth with a mark of 51-8.50 (15.76) and Chris Fuller came in ninth at 49-3.75 (15.03).


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