FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton's track and field program gets back to work this weekend at the UC Riverside Invitational in Riverside, Calif., after taking home the men's team title and multiple top performances last weekend at the UCI Spring Break Invitational.
This weekend the Titans will send over 80 athletes to compete in more than 15 separate events this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The meet will begin on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the start of the decathlon and the heptathlon featuring the 100m, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400m, 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, and 200m.
Friday will feature the discus throw, pole vault, javelin, 1,500m, 800m, and hammer throw. On the final day (Saturday), the field events begin at 10 a.m. with the women's shot put, while the last event of the day is the men's 4x400m relay, which begins at 7:05 p.m.
The Highlanders are playing host to a 10-team multi-event for the first time in nearly a decade. UCR has hosted a dual meet with UC Santa Barbara each of the past three years, while the track complex was being refurbished.
UCR will host Cal State Northridge, Cornell, North Dakota State, Southern Utah, Wyoming, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, and Northern Colorado along with the Titans.
Freshman Destinee Brown aims to build off last weekend's performance as she broke the UCI Spring Break meet record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.74. This weekend she'll participate again in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay team. Ashley Sims will also try and continue her impressive season as she will compete also in the same three events,
Senior Katie Wilson, who ran a 54.38 (1st place) 400-meter at the UCI Spring Break Invite, will look to pa rticipate in the 400m, 200m, 4x100m and 4x, 400m relay teams.
On the men's side, Daniel York-Mouton will compete in the 200m, 400m, and 4x400m, while senior Brandon Cook will take part in the 1500m. Paris Pijuan and Jasmyne Davis will take center stage for the field athletes, as Pijuan will compete in the pole vault and Davis will participate in the women's long jump.
Destinee Brown Breaks Meet Record
Freshman Destinee Brown ran an 11.74 in the 100-meter dash, which broke Shavine Hodges of Grand Canyon's previous record of 11.79. Brown's time currently ranks second among Big West athletes and 30th nationally. The Los Angeles also ran a 24.-6 in the 200-meter, which made her a double winner over the weekend. Her 200-meter time currently ranks first in the Big West and 16th nationally.
Titan Women with Big West Marks
Senior Katie Wilson ran a 54.38 in the 400-meter, which bested the next best runner by more than three seconds. Wilson's time ranks first among Big West women and 10th nationally.
Ashley Sims also has had an impressive start to the outdoor season as her time of 11.90 in the 100-meter dash ranks fourth in the Big West and her time of 24.17 is third best in the conference.
Paris Pijuan Pole Vaults Personal Best
The Titans had their best field performances of the day by Paris Pijuan in the pole vault as the Thousand Oaks, Calif., native recorded a personal best of 16-00.75. Pijuan recorded his first career jump of over 16 feet and his jump currently ranks second in the Big West.
Titan Men Take Home Back-To-Back Titles
To open the 2014 outdoor season, the Fullerton men have came in first place in the first two scoring meets. The Titans have won first in the Ben Brown Invitational and the UCI Spring Break Invitational.
The Titan women are also off on the right foot as they won the Ben Brown Invitational and came in second this past weekend in Irvine, Calif.
After traveling to Riverside this weekend, the Titans will next head to compete in the Cal/Nevada Championships in La Jolla, Calif., on April 4-5.