2013 Titan Track and Field Season in Review
For the Titans' Track and Field program, the 2013 season was certainly one to remember, as a school-record seven athletes qualified to compete in the NCAA West Regional Championships, while the Titans also sent 42 athletes to compete for individual conference titles at the 2013 Big West Championships.
FullertonTitans.com now takes a look back at the 2013 Titans:
Sprinters and Hurdlers
There's no question, this was a special crop for Fullerton, as six sprinters/ hurdlers qualified for the 2013 NCAA Regional Championships in Ashley Sims, Katie Wilson, Morgan Thompson, Deena Pierce, Javon May, and Bryan Luther. All six athletes peaked at the right time, as each one set a personal best in at least one event at the 2013 Big West Championships.
Sims set personal bests in both the women's 100 (11.73) and 200-meter dash (23.78), while placing fifth and third at the Big West Championships. Her 100-meter time ended up being the 75th fastest in the NCAA West Region, while her 200-meter mark ranked 53rd. In addition, she placed second in the 100-meter dash at the Pasadena Games back in March and first in the 100-meter dash at the Big West Challenge in April.
She also produced two other top-three finishes in the 200-meter, placing second at the Big West Challenge and third at the Pasadena Games.
Wilson was one of the conference's best 400-meter runners all season long, as she placed second and ran a personal-best time of 53.39 at the Big West Championships, while finishing the season with the second best time in the Big West and the 30th fastest in the NCAA West Region. Wilson also managed to record a first place finish at the Big West Challenge and place third at the Pasadena Games earlier in the season.
The junior also collected Big West Female Track Athlete of the Week back in May, thanks to her performance in the 400-meter dash at the OXY Invitational. She posted what was at the time, a season-best mark of 54.59 and placed sixth in the event.
Thompson also excelled in the women's 400-meter, but it wasn't until the end of the season, when she showed what she really had in the tank, as she produced a personal best time of 53.90 in the 400-meter prelims at the Big West Championships. The time ended up ranking as the fourth fastest in the Big West and 48th best in the NCAA West Region. It was also 2.53-second reduction from her previous season-best time of 56.43.
As just a sophomore, Pierce took Titan hurdling to new heights this season, setting a new school-record in the women's 400-meter hurdles, as she ran a personal best time of 59.67 in the 400-meter final at the Big West Championships. The time was good for the fourth best in the conference and 43rd fastest in the NCAA West Region.
However, her success didn't stop there, as she also ran a personal best time of 11.73 in the 100-meter hurdles during the conference championships. The time ranked fourth in the league and 75th in the west.
On the men's side, things were equally as impressive with May and Luther leading the charge. Both were dominant all year long, as Luther ended the season with a couple of second place finishes in both the 100 (10.80) and 200-meter dash (21.34) at the Big West Championships. The 100-meter time ended up being the fifth fastest in the conference and 87th best in the west, while the 200-meter time ranked third in the league and 85th in the NCAA West Region.
Luther took home first place in both the 100 and 200-meter dash at the Big West Challenge, while also finishing first in the 200-meter dash at the Pasadena Games.
May was just as magnificent in the 400-meter hurdles, garnering four top-four finishes this season, including placing third at the Big West Championships, after running a personal best time of 52.16. The mark ends up being the third fastest in the conference and ranks 37th in the west.
The senior also earned Big West Male Track Athlete of the Week honors back in march, thanks to his 400-meter performance at the Florida Relays.
The men's 4x400 (3:12.12) and 4x100-meter (41.08) relay teams also had successful seasons, finishing second and fourth in the conference respectively.
Jasiri Blake (100m), Alexis Stewart (100m), and Tony Crutchfield (110m hurdles) all finished their seasons out strong, as all recorded PRs at the Big West Championships.
The Titans saw success both on the men and women's side, including a sweep of the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Steve Scott Invitational back in April.
Both Jeff Little and Katie Bathgate recorded wins in the event, with Little running a season-best time of 9:39.30 and Bathgate finishing with a mark of 11:17.26.
By the end of the season, Bathgate improved dramatically, cutting down her time by over 15 seconds, as she finished fourth at the Big West Championships with a mark of 11:02.14, which ranked seventh best in the league.
Despite Little's steeplechase victory, Jayson Perez led the Titan men with a team-best steeplechase time of 9:27.86, as he placed third at the Big West Challenge. The time ended up being ranked as the seventh fastest in the conference.
Emily Taylor and Casey Candelaria both recorded wins in the 3000 and 1500-meter run respectively at the Big West Challenge to round out the top distance performances of the season.
While it was a small group for the Titans, it was an effective one, as Daniel Walker finished as the highest-placing Titan thrower at the Big West Championships.
Walker earned fifth in the men's javelin throw, recording a toss of 181-10, which ended being the seventh-best mark in the conference.
Emmanuel Martinez recorded a team-best mark of 162-00 in the men's hammer throw at the Big West Challenge, while Steven Parsons recorded a team-best throw of 132-09 in the discus, also at the Big West Challenge.
JaQuan Scott led the Titan shot put participants, tossing a team-best 44-11.75 at the Beach Invite.
On the women's side, Amanda Mercado led the squad in the shot put, discus throw, hammer throw, and javelin throw. She recorded an eighth place finish in the shot put at the Spring Break Invitational with a toss of 39-11.25.
Walter Whitaker completed a fantastic sophomore campaign with a trip to the NCAA West Regionals, where he competed in the triple jump. He qualified, thanks to a career-best leap of 49-11.75 at the Big West Championships. The jump was the fourth-best in the conference and the 40th best in the NCAA West Region.
Whitaker also excelled in the long jump, as he recorded a personal best jump of 23-02.50 at the Big West Championships, which also ranks as the 11th best in the league.
Malek Walls also had a solid season, as the sophomore recorded his best long jump of the year at the OXY Invitational. His leap of 23-00.75 ended up as the 13th best mark in the Big West.
For the women, there's no need to look any further than Jasmyne Davis, who recorded a personal-best leap of 38-0.75 in the triple jump and placed eighth at the Beach Invite. The performance was the ninth best in the conference. In addition, she also recorded a first place finish at Pomona Preview.
Seniors Shawn McNany and Kara Kalmer made up this group, as Kalmar recorded a personal best mark of 11-11.75 and placed fifth at the Big West Championships, while also winning the Pomona Preview earlier in the year.
McNany finished sixth in the league for the event, thanks to his personal best performance at the Pomona Preview, as he won the event with a leap of 16-00.75. He also recorded a fourth place finish at the Ben Brown Invitational.