Track and Field: CSUN has strong showing at the Northridge Invitational

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Track and Field: CSUN has strong showing at the Northridge Invitational

Junior Elizabeth Nelson is well on her way to victory in the Women's 3000 meter race on Saturday, March 21 at The Matador Track Complex. Photo credit: Richard Kontas

Junior Elizabeth Nelson is well on her way to victory in the Women's 3000 meter race on Saturday, March 21 at The Matador Track Complex. Photo credit: Richard Kontas

Junior Elizabeth Nelson is well on her way to victory in the Women's 3000 meter race on Saturday, March 21 at The Matador Track Complex. Photo credit: Richard Kontas

Junior Elizabeth Nelson is well on her way to victory in the Women's 3000 meter race on Saturday, March 21 at The Matador Track Complex. Photo credit: Richard Kontas

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For the second week in a row junior Elizabeth Nelson has run away from the field in the 3000-meter race. She lapped two runners on the way to her 10 minute, 8.57 second victory, which was a full 20.31 seconds faster than the nearest competitor.

“I feel good, I had fun today,” Nelson said. “I’m more of a distance runner, and will be doing both the 5K and the 10K in San Francisco in two weeks.”

Nelson also repeated her 1500 meter finish coming in second (4:39.36), this time behind sophomore Yesenia Silva of Sequoias 4:34.82.

Meanwhile the Matadors had a stellar day with a total of 10 first place finishes including four events with a first/second place.

The CSUN women’s 200 meter dash featured a first, second, and third finish with junior Marie Veale clocked at 23.85, junior Lexis Lambert at 24.23 and senior Samantha Dirks in 24.55.

In the women’s 100 meter dash senior Leshel Vines took first with a time of 11.72
while Veale clinched second at 11.78.

Junior Marissa Rossi long jumped 18 feet, 7.25 inches, as freshman Sydney Berry finished second at 16-09.25.

Matador freshman Mark Nicolas cleared 14-07.25 to take the pole vault competition with sophomore Tevin Limon vaulting 13-07.25 to take second.

In the men’s 200 meter dash senior Jordan Taylor won in 21.19.

Women’s 400 meter hurdles showcased senior Emma Millard winning with a time of 59.73.

CSUN junior Angel Alcantar took the men’s 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:35.20.

The women’s 4×100 meter relay the team of Vincej, Dirks, junior Shamlyn Pinchback and Powell beat the pack with a time of 46.24.

Powell, Vincej, Millard and Dirks won the women’s 4×400 meter relay for CSUN with a time of 3:42.58.

Lastly, the men’s 4×400 meter relay featured a victory in 3:13.28 by senior Leran Hutchings, sophomore Anthony Teart, junior Isaiah Cantu and junior James Knowles.

The Matadors will travel to Riverside for the UCR Spring Classic on Saturday, March 28.