Reindell Cole, Shelese Ruffin Advance on Day One of NCAA West Region Championships

May 28, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas - Junior Reindell Cole advanced in the long jump and senior Shelese Ruffin advanced in the 400 meters to highlight day one for Cal State Northridge at the NCAA West Region Championships at the University of Texas.

Cole, who came in ranked eighth in the west region, posted a season-best of 25-11 (7.90) on his first attempt of the competition. He nearly matched the distance on his second attempt before passing on his final two attempts. Cole's fifth-place finish safely puts him through to Eugene, Ore. for the NCAA Championships.

Ruffin, who ran 53.45 to finish 13th in the 400 meters, was one of 24 to advance to the quartfinal round. Ruffin owns a career-best time of 52.82. She advances to Friday's quarterfinals which begin at 5:45 p.m. CDT.

In the first round of the women's 100 meters, sophomore Precious Watkins ran 12.14 to finish 45th but did not advance to the quarterfinals. Watkins still has a pair of relays to run on Saturday.

Sophomore Jasmine Cox also had her individual championship end in the first round of the 800 meters as she posted a time of 2:19.91 to finish 44th among 47 competitors. Cox will still run in the relays for the Matadors.

In the 10,000 meters on Thursday night, junior Lilyana Morejon finished 21st in a time of 35:22.31 which was nearly one minute slower than her season-best of 34:28.34. Only the top-12 advanced to the final of the 10,000 meters.

Despite running a career-best 1:00.37 in the 400 hurdles, LaShandra Batiste did not advance after placing 27th out of 48 hurdlers.

In the field events, freshman Tiana Webberley tied for 33rd in the pole vault after clearing 12-3.50 (3.75).

In the shot out, Whitney Hooks finished 18th with a season-best of 49-1.50 (14.97).

The Matadors struggled in the javelin as Haylee Varner finished 31st and Stephanie Ralls took 38th. Ralls, who has a career-best of 161-0, posted a best of 134-10 (41.09) while Varner fared better throwing 140-9 (42.91).

On the men's side on Thursday, Cole was the lone Matador to advance. In Northridge's lone track event of the day, the 100 meters, David Reid finished 38th in 10.81 and Big West champion Bradley Ike finished a disappointing 46th in 11.01.

In the shot put, Alex Butler finished 18th with a best of 55-8.50 (16.98) while Big West champion Derek Cooper did not compete.

In the javelin, conference runner-up Lance Gonzales placed 26th with a best throw of 196-1 (59.78).

Action at the NCAA West Region Championships continue on Friday with Butler in the men's hammer, Gonzales in the men's high jump, Michael Woodham in the 110 meter hurdles, Ruffin in the long jump, and Cole and Reid in the first round of the 200 meters.


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