Setting school-records, qualifying for Nationals and triumphing over USC in an event were just some of the momentous highlights the track and field CSUN team produced Saturday in Seattle at the Washington Invitational.
Despite the challenges of competing in an indoor track, which differs from the track the team practices on since it has tighter turns and a shorter layout, the Matadors were still able to pull off some stunning performances.
When asked about his expectations on the meet, Head Coach Don Strametz said the team needed to be smart.
‘You have to think to get great marks and coming out healthy,’ he said.
The team did just that and leading the pack was Sherrina Lofton. The junior sprinted a bolting school-record of 7.49 seconds in the 60-meter dash and, along with sophomore Tara Prier, junior Shelese Ruffin and freshman Jasmine Cox, ran the fastest time (3:43.10) in the 4-by-400 relay, leaving behind opponents, including USC.’
Prier also ran the 200 meters, finishing at 24.79 seconds, which almost matched her season-best. Ruffin and Cox both participated in the 400-meter race, with Ruffin enhancing her time to 55.68 seconds and Cox trailing her at 58.57.
For the men, juniors Lance Gonzales and Robert Robinson both qualified for NCAA provisional standing in the heptathlon, which is a grueling seven-category event consisting of the 60-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60-meter high hurdles, pole vault and a 1,000-meter run. Both were victorious by obtaining third and fourth place, with Robinson reaching 5,382 points and Gonzalez, who was participating for the first time in the two-day event, with 5,319 points.’
Sprinters for the men’s team also accumulated season-bests. Junior De’Shawn Waters ran 6.87 seconds in the 60 meters. He also secured the best time in his heat in the 200-meter dash by posting a mark of 21.96 seconds and obtaining fourth place in the overall event.
Junior Nic Taylor finished second in his heat at 22.28. Junior Ben Santos reached fourth in his at a 23.09.
The next meet will take place in Armory, N.Y. for the New Balance Invitational.