Sherrina Lofton, De'Shawn Waters Earn Spots in NCAA Championships

May 30, 2009

EUGENE, Ore. - Junior Sherrina Lofton and fellow junior De'Shawn Waters both earned a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships on the final day of the NCAA West Regional at Oregon's Hayward Field.

Lofton, who ran a lifetime-best 11.45 in Friday's prelims, finished fifth in Saturday's final in a time of 11.52. Lofton claimed the fifth and final automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. in two weeks.

In the 400 meters, Shelese Ruffin ran a time of 54.73 and finished seventh to earn the Matador women two points.

The women's 4x100 relay team of Precious Watkins, Lofton, Dominique Calvin and Tara Prier finished one spot out of automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships. The top-three teams move on and the Matadors took fourth in a time of 44.88. Despite running a season-best 3:38.83, the 4x400 relay team of Lofton, Jackie Harrison, Ruffin and Prier finished fifth on Saturday.

In the field events for the women on Saturday, sophomore Whitney Hooks had the best finish of the day as she placed seventh in the shot put after throwing a career-best 50-6 (15.39). Hooks tossed her lifetime-best on her third throw and could not surpass it in her remaining five throws.

Junior Stephanie Ralls took 11th in the javelin with a best of 143-5 (43.72) which was well below her season and career-best. Sophomore Stella Dugall, competing in her first Regional competition, finished 15th in the triple jump with a best of 39-10.50 (12.15).

On the men's side, Waters had a solid day as he finished in the top-five in both the 100 and 200 meters. Waters, who ran a lifetime-best 10.42 in Friday's 100 prelims, finished .01 off that time with a 10.43 to finish third on Saturday. Then after running a blistering 21.07 in the 200 prelims on Friday, he ran 21.32 to finish fourth in Saturday's final. Waters earned 11 points for the Northridge men on Saturday.

In the 4x100 relay, the team of Ben Santos, Waters, Nic Taylor and Reindell Cole suffered the same fate as the Matador women as the team placed fourth in a time of 40.30. The team ran a season-best 40.13 in Friday's qualifying. 4x100

In the field events, senior Rolando Felizola finished seventh in the triple jump with a best of 50-7.25 (15.42). Felizola posted his meet best on his first jump before fouling in his next three attempts.

Junior Derek Cooper, who was fourth in the his flight of the discus, wound up 11th overall with a mark of 163-8 (49.90). Senior Cody Pearce wrapped up his Matador career with a 24th-place finish in the hammer. Pearce tossed 187-0 (57.01) on his second attempt but that was not enough to advance.

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