April 23, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Cal State Northridge headed to Cal State LA's Tiny Lister Classic looking to advance more athletes to the Big West Outdoor Championships and reached the conference standard in six events.
The Matadors had three women and three men post times and/or marks good enough to qualify for the Big West Championships which commence in three weeks in Irvine.
The CSUN women were especially impressive in the 200 meters as both Sierra Brooks and Jasmine Cox finished in the top-six. Brooks ran a season-best 24.66 to finish fourth behind Olympians Carol Rodriguez and Christine Ohuruogu. Cox ran 25.05 to finish sixth as both posted conference qualifying times. Alisa Jenkins also ran a season-best of 25.10 to finish seventh followed by Briana Davis (25.14) and Crystal Spears (25.35) who also posted season-bests.
The other conference qualifier for the Matador women came in the 400 meters where Shane Mullany-Banks ran a season-best 57.34 to finish 10th. Cox, who already has a qualifying time of 55.87, ran 56.25 to finish eighth. Lauren Michaels also ran a season-best 58.23 to finish 11th.
In the short sprints, Davis narrowly missed out in qualifying in the 100 meters as she ran a season-best 12.31 which missed the Big West standard by .02. Jenkins bettered her time in the 100 meter hurdles clocking a season-best time of 14.21 to finish third.
In the field events, Ashley Griffith matched her season-best in the high jump with a height of 5-3 (1.60) which was good for third-place. Tiana Webberely won the pole vault with a clearance of 12-3.50 but was well under her career-best of 12-8.75.
For the men's squad, Thomas Henry got under the conference standard in the 100 meters as he ran a lifetime-best 10.86 to just get under the 10.90 standard. Henry's time was good for 15th-place. David Reid finished fourth in the 200 meters in a time of 21.37 which is just .04 off his season-best time. Khalid Jones made it the CSUN sprinters who have qualified for the 200 meters after finished 18th in a season-best 21.92.
In the 400 meter hurdles, Bobby Workman, who already has a conference qualifying time, bettered his season-best after running 53.32. Workman's time was good for second-place while Deleon Carter was fifth in 56.27. David Perez ran a season-best 58.87 to place ninth.
In the 1,500 meters, Hunter Hays ran a season-best 4:01.86 to finish in third-place but the Matadors are still looking for a conference qualifier in the event.
Itua Oiyemhonlan had Northridge's final qualifier as he finished fifth in the high jump after posting a career-best height of 6-6 (1.98). The Matador men now have three high jumpers that have reached the Big West standard.
The Matadors throwers continued to progress with Alex Murphy bettering his season-best and conference qualifier in the javelin with a throw of 171-01 (52.39) which was good for sixth-place.
The Matador men and women will be in action next weekend as both squads compete at the Steve Scott Invitational at UC Irvine next Saturday and Sunday.
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