For an event that is open to anyone – it certainly lives up to its name – and you never know whom you might run into.
From 62-year-old National Senior Masters javelin champion Linda Cohn to current CSUN athletes honing their skills to up and coming (no pun intended) local residents and athletes, the name “all comers” certainly defines the event.
“I’ve been coming here for the last 12 years,” said Cohn, a Northridge resident and personal trainer. “I really appreciate the event, as it’s hard to find a venue, and this offers us a place to practice.”
Cohn is headed to Lyon, France’>”> in August to compete in the World Masters Track and Field Championships, she also noted that it cost more to park here then to compete making it the best deal in town.
“The event was originally started by retired track and field coach Don Strametz as a fundraiser for the track and field team,” said Matt Monroe, CSUN associate director of sports communications. “The entrant count has been as high as 450.”
The meet ended early as the overcast sky finally burst open and the rain started at about 1:45 p.m. leaving four running events unable to take place.
The All Comers meet is held approximately five times per year and includes various running events along with pole vault, long and high jump, javelin, shot put and discus throws, and both weight and hammer throws. It allows local residents, and athletes from the surrounding area the opportunity to compete at a professional facility or to just stay in shape.
“I feel like I did OK, I was within one second of my best time,” said Arshaad Rahh, 21, a West LA transfer student who is now a CSUN junior, after winning the 400 meter. “I was just cleared, I was waiting for my transfer paperwork from West LA to satisfy the NCAA.”
The cost is $5 and that allows for entry in as many events as desired. There are three divisions: masters – age 35 and older; open – college, club and unattached; and novice – high school, junior high and age group.
“I’m pleased with my performance, and it was good practice for the Seattle Husky Classic meet coming in March,” said CSUN’s Taylor Cudequest, a 21-year-old freshman, as he left the pole vaulting area.
“I thought technically I was OK, could have done better –could have done worse,” said Dawaun Lucas, a CSUN athlete that competed in the shot put.
The next All Comers meet will be held on February 21 at the Matador track and field. For more information visit GoMatadors.com