The 2010 Big West Track & Field Championships have come to a close and Cal State Northridge women and men added to their championship histories with first place finishes. The league meet was held at Matador Track on the campus of Cal State Northridge.
The Matador women won the title with 193 points, just five ahead of second place UC Santa Barbara. Third belonged to UC Davis with 113 points, while Cal State Fullerton finished the top half of the standings with 97 points. Fifth place was UC Riverside with 71 points, with Cal Poly coming in sixth with 60 points. Long Beach State (53) and UC Irvine (43) completed the women's standings.
The CSUN men claimed the crown after amassing 173 points, beating out Long Beach State which amassed 145 points. Cal Poly finished in third with 134 points, while UC Santa Barbara had 132.5 point for fourth. Fifth place was UC Davis with 91 points, while sixth place was UC Irvine with 58.5 points. UC Riverside (43) and Cal State Fullerton (42) wrapped up the 2010 men's meet.
Saturday started with the field events, with women’s discus the first competition to finish. UC Davis' Ashley Hearn claimed the title with a toss of 52.87 meters (173-05), while Lauren Reid of UC Riverside was the next to claim a title as she won the triple jump with an effort of 13.16 meters (43-02.25).
The men's shot put wrapped up next and Derek Cooper won the crown with a toss of 17.87 meters (58-07.50). With the track events serving as a backdrop, Jane Doolittle won the women's high jump with an effort of 1.83 meters (6-0).
Next to wrap up was the men's pole vault and UC Santa Barbara's Scott Finley and Michael Peterson of UC Davis each cleared 5.08 meters (16-08). Finley was awarded the first place plaque since he recorded the mark in less attempts. Shortly thereafter, the women's shot put was completed and Kayla Smith of UC Santa Barbara led a sweep for the club with an effort of 15.53 meters (50-11.50).
The women's triple jump was next to finish as Lauren Reid of UC Riverside won with a mark of 13.16 meters (43-02.25). In the men's discus, CSUN’s Cooper won his third title in the event after a toss of 55.02 meters (180-06).
The field events ended with the completion of the men's triple jump. Ray Green of UC Davis came away with the first place points as he posted a mark of 15.18 meters (49-09.75).
The track events started with a bang as the 4x100 meter relays were contested. The CSUN women and men won the races with the women completing the race in 45.35, while the men won the event in 39.86.
The 1500 meter run was contested next and it presented a historical feat to the crowd. UC Riverside's Brenda Martinez won the women's race in 4:24.80, in the process becoming the first woman, and just the second competitor, to win four titles in a single event in Big West Championship history. UC Santa Barbara's Scott Smith picked up the first place points in the men's race after finishing in 3:48.92.
The 100 and 110 meter hurdles provided a lot of excitement for the charged crowd, especially in the women's race. Lauren Williams of Cal State Fullerton won the race in 13.41, just .02 seconds ahead of UC Davis’ Sirena Williams. The Aggies were able to score in a win in the men’s race however, as Polly Gnepa breezed past the competition in 13.87.
The grueling 400 meter sprint was next and Ciara Short of Cal State Fullerton claimed the top spot in the women's race with a time of 52.37, narrowly edging two-time defending champion Shelese Ruffin of Cal State Northridge. In the men's race, Thomas Phillips of UC Davis won in 47.30 for his second consecutive title.
With the 100 meter dash next, the title of fastest athlete in the Big West would be decided. Precious Watkins of Cal State Northridge became the seventh consecutive Matador to win the race as she crossed the finish in 11.91. CSUN also picked up a win in the men's race as Bradley Ike beat teammate Reindell Cole with a time of 10.54.
The 800 meter runs were in the spotlight next and a pair of nationally-recognized athletes took the stage. UCR's Martinez won her second race of the day with an effort of 2:06.31, while Charles Jock of UC Irvine, who broke former Anteater great Steve Scott's record in the event earlier in the year, set another school best with a time of 1:46.93
The 400 hurdles was the next contest and the heptathlon winner Barbara Nwaba of UC Santa Barbara claimed the title with an effort of 60.51. The men's race saw Kenneth Medwood of Long Beach State win the event in 49.66.
The 200 meters saw CSF’s Short win her second race of the day as she bested the competition in 23.93, while David Reid of Cal State Northridge led a 1-2 Matador finish with his winning effort of 21.10.
A distance race was next on the ledger as the 5000 meter run would test the competitors. Danielle Domenichelli of UC Santa Barbara added to her 10K win with a victory in the 5K, crossing the finish in 16:39.22. Scott Smith completed the UCSB distance sweep with a win in 14:31.24.
The 2010 meet wrapped up with the 4x400 relays and the crowd lined the track for the final event. The Cal State Northridge women's team claimed a win in 3:41.52, while the men's race saw the UC Irvine team complete the relay in 3:09.43 for the win.
To Cal State Northridge – Exit the San Diego FWY (405) @ Nordhoff Street.
For coaches, athletes, officials and meet management: Parking will be in lot G4. Passes can be picked up at the kiosk in G4. Go west of the 405 freeway approximately four (4) miles to Zelzah Avenue and turn right. Travel approximately three blocks and turn left into campus parking lot G4. Five parking passes per team will be available at the Kiosk. The Matador Track Complex is located northwest of the parking lot. California State “E” plate vehicles do not need a parking pass.
For Team Bus Dropoff:
Go west of the freeway approximately three (3) miles to Balboa Blvd. and turn right. Travel approximately six blocks and turn left onto Lassen. Go 1 mile to Zelzah and turn left. ¼ mile down, there is a drop off zone to unload student-athletes. There can be no bus drop off or idling of buses on Lindley.
For Fans: Go west of the freeway approximately three (3) miles to Balboa Blvd. and turn right. Travel approximately six blocks and turn left onto Lassen. Go 1 ½ miles to Lindley and turn left. At dead end, turn right onto Halsted Street. Parking Lot E-6 is on the left. Parking passes are required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are available for $6 at the parking booth in Lot G4 or in Lot E6 at the self-serve kiosk.
To Cal State Northridge – Exit the San Diego FWY (405) @ Nordhoff Street. Go west of the freeway approximately four (4) miles to Zelzah Avenue and turn right. Travel north on Zelzah, cross Lassen and continue 3/10 of a mile, turn left into the parking lot.
Parking permits are required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in campus parking structures and lots. California-state vehicles (E-plates) and buses do not require parking permits to park.
Schedule of Events
Friday, May 14
Field Events (Trials/Finals)
Women's Long Jump
Women's Pole Vault
Men's High Jump
Men's Long Jump
Women's Steeplechase Final
Men's Steeplechase Final
Women's 1500 Trials
Men's 1500 Trials
Women's 100 Hurdles Trials
Men's 110 Hurdles Trials
Women's 400 Trials
Men's 400 Trials
Women's 100 Trials
Men's 100 Trials
Women's 800 Trials
Men's 800 Trials
Women's 400 Hurdles Trials
Men's 400 Hurdles Trials
Women's 200 Trials
Men's 200 Trials
Women's 10,000 Final
Men's 10,000 Final
Saturday, May 15
Field Events (Trials/Finals)
Women's Triple Jump
Men's Shot Put
Men's Pole Vault
Women's High Jump
Men's Triple Jump
Women's Shot Put
Women's 4x100 Relay Final
Men's 4x100 Relay Final
Women's 1500 Final
Men's 1500 Final
Women's 100 Hurdles Final
Men's 110 Hurdles Final
Women's 400 Final
Men's 400 Final
Women's 100 Final
Men's 100 Final
Women's 800 Final
Men's 800 Final
Women's 400 Hurdles Final
Men's 400 Hurdles Final
Women's 200 Final
Men's 200 Final
Women's 5000 Final
Men's 5000 Final
Women's 4x400 Relay Final
Men's 4x400 Final
The winners after day one of the 2010 Big West Multi Championship held on for the victories as Cal State Northridge's Robert Robinson and UC Santa Barbara's Barbara Nwaba claimed the decathlon and heptathlon titles, respectively.
Robinson claimed the title with 7,526 points. On day two he came away with a first place finish in the 110 hurdles (14.59 - 900 pts.), second place finish in the discus (39.65m - 657 pts.), second place in the pole vault (4.46 - 746 pts.), seventh place in the javelin (45.59m - 524 pts.) and a sixth place showing in the 1500 meter run (4:45.35 - 629 pts.). Nicholas Armstrong of Long Beach State finished second with 7,224 points, while CSUN's Lance Gonzales was third with 6,995 points.
Nwaba nabbed her championship with 5,552 points. Following her day one results, she was able to finish fifth in the long jump (5.54m - 712 pts.), third in the javelin (34.71m - 566 pts.) and third in the 800 (2:17.80 - 854 pts.). Cal State Northridge's Desirae Gonder was second with 5,512 points, while her teammate Shelese Ruffin finished third with 5,132 points.
To see past championship results for the conference meet, please click the link below: