Several Big West Qualifiers for Matadors at Cal State LA's Twilight Open

April 15, 2011

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Cal State Northridge track & field opened a busy week at the Cal State LA Twilight Open on Thursday and the Matador men responded with several Big West qualifying times.

Jerrid Lewis paced the men's squad with a first-place finish in the 800 meters as he ran a season-best 1:54.65 to just get under the Big West qualifying standard of 1:55.00. Michael Woodham, the Matadors' top 110 meter hurdler added to his resume as he finished second in the 400 meter hurdles in a career-best 55.24 which is also a conference qualifier. Deleon Carter, who already has a conference qualifying time, finished third in 55.42.

Jory Rucker became the third qualifier on the men's side as he finished second in the long jump posting a season-best of 22-7.75 (6.89).

in the short sprints, brothers Tawaun and Dawaun Lucas finished eighth and ninth respectively in the 100 meters as Tawaun ran 11.43 and Dawaun 11.54. Tawaun also finished 12th in the 200 meters in a time of 23.38. Eugene Sanchez ran CSUN's top time in the 400 meters as he finished sixth in 50.47, ahead of teammate Thomas Henry who was 10th in 51.43.

On the women's side, Crystal Spears looked to be third Matador to reach the conference qualifying time in the 100 meters but came up just short finishing eighth in 12.57. Briana Davis was 10th in a season-best 12.69. Spears also finished seventh in the 200 meters in a 25.39 while Davis clocked another season-best of 26.12 to finish 18th.

In the 100 meter hurdles, Alisa Jenkins finished third in 14.49 which was just .02 off her season-best. Olympia Jewett was fourth in a season-best 14.54.

Ashley Griffith won the high jump matching her season-best with a top height of 5-3 (1.60) while Jenkins was fifth at 4-9 (1.45). The Matadors entered six athletes in the long jump but none reached the Big West standard as Olympia Jewett was sixth (17-8) and sister Victorya Jewett was 10th with a season-best 17-2 (5.23).

Also on Thursday, Matador senior Lilyana Morejon competed in the Elite section of the 10,000 meters as part of the Distance Carnival at the Mt. SAC Relays. Morejon, who came in with a career-best time of 34:28.34, ran 34:52.46 and placed 16th out of 25 runners. Emily Brown of New Balance won in a time of 33:16.44.

Cal State Northridge will compete at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific on Friday and several members will compete over the final three days of the Mt. SAC Relays.