Several members of the Cal State Northridge track and field team improved their marks while others posted Big West qualifying times at the University of California San Diego Triton Invitational April 21- 22.
On the women’s side on the track, Deanna Goodwin posted the best time in the 100 meters (11.73) and ran a season-best in the 200 meters (24.13). Shauna Hackett (24.43), Dominique Calvin (25.27) and Brittany Ricketts (25.89) also improved their individual season-bests in the 200 meters.
In her first meet of the season, Briana Lynn ran 12.27 in the 100 meters and 24.94 in the 200 meters, both Big West qualifying times.
In the hurdles, Ricketts posted a career-best 14.77 in the 100 meters and Julie Eze ran a season-best 1:02.60 in the 400. In the distance races, Michelle Ziser improved her season-best in the 800 meters by running 2:15.83 to finish eighth.
The Matador jumpers also had a successful meet as three long jumpers had season-bests. Calvin jumped 19-4 (5.89m), Verdon jumped 19-0.50 (5.80m) and Candyce Babb jumped 18-7 (5.66m). Babb also jumped a season-best 36-0.25 (10.98m) in the triple jump. Ricketts posted a Big West qualifying mark in the shot put with a season-best 43-5 (13.23m) and Jessica Beach had a season-best 130-9 (39.85m) in the discus.
For the men, James Fredrickson ran a Big West qualfier and career-best 21.66 in the 200 meters and Landen Llamas ran a career-best 49.10 in the 400 meters.
The Northridge relay teams finished second in both the 4×100 and 4×400 meters.
In the field, Brandon Ruffin jumped a season-best 21-10 (6.65m) in the long jump, while Rolando Felizola had a career-best 49-3 (15.01m) to win the triple jump. Jonathan Moore and Awet Hagos both jumped 47-3.50 to post season-bests.
In the throws, Chris Fuller threw a personal-best 51-3.50 (15.63m) in the shot put and Carl Robbins posted a career-best 176-1 (53.68m) in the javelin.
On the first day of events, Raquel Sola finished sixth with a throw of 188-10 and fellow freshman Alex Butler threw a Big West qualifying 167-5 for the Matador throwers.
Sola was the highest Matador finisher as she placed sixth with a throw of 188-10 (57.55m). This was her second best of the season; her best was 191-0.
Also for the Matador women, Tatiana Crochet finished 15th with a throw of 171-9 (52.34m), Jessica Beach was 23rd with a mark of 153-1 (46.66m) and Jere Summers finsihed 144-5 (44.01m) to place 29th.
Butler’s throw of 167-5 (51.03m) was better than his previous season-best of 164-1 and gave CSUN three hammer throwers who have qualified for the Big West Championships in May.
Cody Pearce finished a spot behind Butler in 22nd-place after throwing 167-1 (50.93m) and Joey Parisi finished 25th with a throw of 162-0 (49.38m).
Next up for the track and field team will be the UCI Invititational April 29. This will only be a one day event.
Justin Satzman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.