CSUN's Lofton, LBSU's Armstrong Win 2011 Big West Multi Titles
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2011 Big West Track & Field Championship Central
After holding the lead after day one, Cal State Northridge's Sherrina Lofton and Long Beach State's Nicholas Armstrong held on to win the 2011 Big West heptathlon and decathlon, respectively. The multi championships are the first leg of the 2011 Big West Track & Field Championships and were held at Anteater Stadium on the campus of UC Irvine.
Lofton claimed her title after amassing 5,371 points over the two-day event. Lofton's day two results saw her finish second in the long jump (5.69m - 756 pts.), third in the javelin (34.61m - 564) and fourth in the 800-meter run (2:22.31 - 792). That effort came on the heels of a fine effort on Friday which saw Lofton finish second in the 100 hurdles (14.06 - 970), tied for third in the high jump (1.63m - 771), fourth in the shot put (10.49m - 562) and first in the 200 (24.26 - 956).
Armstrong claimed the decathlon title with 7,409 points. His second day shows saw him finish first in the 110 hurdles (15.21 - 824), second in the discus (43.81m - 742), tied for fourth in the pole vault (4.38m - 725), fifth in the javelin (49.10m - 575) and fifth in the 1500 (4:48.85 - 626). Armstrong's first day consisted of a fifth place in the 100 (11.36 - 782 pts.), first in the long jump (7.00m - 814), first in the shot put (14.17m - 739), first in the high jump (2.04m - 840) and fifth in the 400 (51.60 - 742).
With the heptathlon results, Cal State Northridge picked up 20 points to take an early lead on the 2011 title race, with Long Beach State (10), UC Santa Barbara (5) and Cal Poly (4) also gaining early point advantages.
The decathlon gave Long Beach State an early lead in the team rankings with 17 points, with Cal Poly (13) and UC Santa Barbara (9) also in the early mix.