Titans Perform at Big West Challenge

Titans Perform at Big West Challenge

FULLERTON, Calif. - The men's and women's outdoor track and field team won five different events in their second home meet of the season, the Big West Challenge, at Titan Track on Friday.

Eli Penick won both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash while the women saw three winners in Jessica Flores in the hammer, Zuri Henderson in the 400-meter and the women's 4x400m relay team.

"I thought both squads competed well despite being short-handed due to injuries," said head coach John Elders. "We definitely would have competed for the win if we were at full strength."

Penick's event wins registered as both a season best in the 100m with his time of 10.55 while setting a new personal record in the 200m with his time of 21.62.

Jessica Flores recorded her second first-place finish in the hammer throw with her second best throw of the season at 58.09m.

Zuri Henderson recorded her first career first-place finish with her time of 55.80 in the 400m dash while the 4x400m relay team, consisting of India Owens, Alexandria Stewart, Elizabeth Claustro and Henderson, improved their conference leading time to 3:44.89.

In addition to the wins, multiple Titans improved with the weekend setting new personal bests.

For the men, Shelby Hernandez Jr. and Tim Reed set new personal records in the 1,500m run with their times of 3:55.05 and 3:56.27, respectively while TJ Moffitt also set a new personal record in the 800m with his time of 1:55.09.

Three Titans set new personal records in the hammer throw with Steven Parsons (55.97m), Trevor Gorwin (55.83) and Michael Jackson (53.01). JaQuan Scott also rounded out the throwers with his new personal record of 15.37m in the shot put.

For the women, Kelsey McKelvey and Jade Lewis recorded season bests in the javelin throw and the 200m with their marks of 38.79m and 24.62, respectively.

Lastly, Alexis Stewart rounded out the Titans as she set a new personal record in the 200m with her time of 24.67.

The Titans have a busy week ahead of them as they will be sending athletes to four different meets on Thursday-Saturday.

"We're getting healthy and several athletes that should be returning to action in the next few weeks," said Elders. "I'm looking forward to competing this week at the Mt. SAC Relays and at Long Beach."


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