L O N G jump

Debby von Winckelmann

Freshman Reindell Cole was already impressive last week at the University of Washington Invitational, when he hit the automatic qualifier for the NCAA championships by jumping 26-1 ?, the year’s best mark in the country and fifth-best in the world.

This week, Cole jumped even further, 26 feet, 4 1/2 inches (8.04 meters), at the 8th Annual New Balance Collegiate Invitational at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York. The jump sets a new school record, bettering Derek Scurry’s leap of 26-3.50 in 1993.

Cole, who is 6 feet 3 inches and came to Northridge from Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, out jumped the second place finisher, Ngonidzashe Makusa by a foot. Teammate DaShalle Andrews came in at 12th place with his jump of 22-11.75 (7.00).

The men’s track team received a best-ever indoor ranking of 24th last week by the U..S. Track ‘ Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The New Balance college competition was conducted in a single division, however, in some events a seeded section was held and called Championship, while the remaining competitors contested a College final.

In Championship finals, Desirae Gonder jumped 5-10.00 (1.78) for third place in the high jump. Gonder cleared the same height as the first and second place finishers. Krystal Quinn tied for eighth in the pole vault, clearing a height of 12-05.50 (3.80). Morgan Bogard took fourth in the weight throw with her distance of 60-03.75 (18.38) and Shelese Ruffin placed 16th in the long jump with her leap of 18-05.00 (5.61).

The 4×400 Relay Team took 13th place with a time of 3:48.31.

For the men, Cody Pearce placed tenth in the weight throw with a distance of 60-07.25 (18.47). Alex Butler placed 19th in the shot put with a distance of 52-04.50 (15.96 ).

In the College finals, Dominique Calvin placed fifth in the long jump with a distance of 19-04.25 (5.90), followed by Gonder in seventh place with a distance of 19-00.75 (5.81). Stella Dugall placed seventh in the triple jump with a distance of 39-01.25 (11.92).

For the men in college finals, Justin Johnson placed third in the high jump with his height of 6-08.25 (2.04). In the high jump consolation, Thomas Johnson placed second with his jump of 6-06.25 (1.99). Terry Ross placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles consolation with his time of 8.02 seconds.