Mike A. Myers Stadium | Austin, Texas | May 25-27
FULLERTON, Calif. --- Cal State Fullerton will send a total of 12 student-athletes to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary as three days of action begin on Thursday at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.
The top-12 finishers in each event will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 7-10.
Cal State Fullerton qualified nine individuals in addition to the men's 4x100 meter relay team to compete in the NCAA West Preliminary.
Four Titans from the men's squad made the cut as the 2017 Big West Men's Track Athlete of the Year Darion Zimmerman qualified in the 400 meters for the second straight year.
Big West Champion Diego Courbis qualified in the 400-meter hurdles, while Trevor Gorwin, the Cal State Fullerton record holder in both the hammer throw and shot put, qualified for both events. Anthony Applequist qualified in the triple jump.
The two-time defending Big West champions in the 4x100 meter relay, Cal State Fullerton made the cut for the second straight year as Mason Rollins, Thaddeus Smith, Luis Matos, and Zimmerman are expected to compete for the Titans.
For the women, a pair of freshmen qualified, as Kiana Clay will compete in the 400 meters and Naiah Boardingham – the Cal State Fullerton record holder – made the cut in the long jump.
Big West champions Lauara Hamann (triple jump) and Bryn Williamson (pole vault) will complete as well as senior Ty'Jalayah Robertson (triple jump).
BIG WEST CHAMPOINSHIP RECAP
Head coach John Elders has captained the Cal State Fullerton Track and Field program for 29 years, and on May 13, the longest-tenured coach in Titan history captured his first Big West championship as the men's team totaled a program-best 133 points en route to the victory.
Senior Darion Zimmeran defended his Big West Conference title in the 400 meters, clocking a personal best and school record time of 46.86 to win his second-straight crown in the event. Zimmerman won his second title of the day in the 200 meters in a time of 21.13, just edging out teammate Thaddeus Smith (21.14).
Zimmerman, a three-time champion on the day, was also part of two relays as he anchored the championship 4x100 meter relay team that defended its 2016 title in a time of 40.18. Zimmerman also anchored the 4x400 meter relay team that placed second in a time of 3:11.42 and clinched the championship-winning eight points with teammates Marcel Espinoza, Kasey Cory and Smith.
Diego Courbis also claimed a title for Cal State Fullerton in the 400 meter hurdles in a time of 52.30.
The Cal State Fullerton women placed sixth with a point total of 63.20, the most for the program since 2010.
Laura Hamann's mark of 41'3.75" in the triple jump clinched the title for junior and was the first title for the Titans in the event since Anna Doty in 2001.
Bryn Williamson broke her own school record in the pole vault with a mark of 13'6.25", winning the first title for the Titans in the event since Jennifer Clarke.
BIG WEST CONFERENCE MEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR
Cal State Fullerton outdoor track and field head coach John Elders was voted the Big West Conference Men's Coach of the Year for the first time in his 29-year career, the league announced on Thursday.
Elders led the Titan men to their first Big West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship at the Titan Track Complex on May 13, as Fullerton compiled a program-record 133 points in the meet, upending defending four-time champion Long Beach State and edging out Cal Poly.
The Titans entered the final event with a slim one-point lead on Cal Poly – 125 to 124 – as the squads were seeded fifth and sixth with similar top times of 3:16:33 and 3:16:40 in the 4x400 meter relay, respectively. However, the Titan quartet of Marcel Espinoza, Luis Matos, Thaddeus Smith and Zimmerman sped to a season-best 3:11.42 to finish in second place with eight points, while Cal Poly finished fifth (3:14.55) with four points. The four-point advantage widened CSF's final margin of victory to five.
CSF's previous best overall team finish at the Big West Championship was third in 2006.
BIG WEST CONFERENCE MEN'S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Senior sprinter Darion Zimmerman was voted the Big West Men's Track Athlete of the Year it was announced on Thursday.
Zimmerman was the first Big West athlete to win both the 200 and 400 meters at the conference meet since Boise State's Corey Nelson in 1999. The Oxnard, Calif., native won the 200 in 21.13 seconds, and then repeated as 400-meter champion as his winning time of 46.86 ranks No. 2 in the Big West this year and also set a new Cal State Fullerton program record.
He also anchored the 4x100 meter relay and helped his team to a win in 40.18 seconds, giving the Titans gold in that event for the second straight year.
Zimmerman was the first Titan to win the Big West Men's Track Athlete of the Year Award dating back to its start in 2003. Brandon Campbell was named the Big West Men's Athlete of the Year in 2001, as Campbell and Zimmerman are the only two Titan men to ever capture yearly conference awards dating back to 1980.
In addition, Zimmerman was named the Big West Conference Men's Track Athlete of the Week twice in 2017.
2017 RECORDS BROKEN
- Bryn Williamson broke her own school record in the pole vault with a mark of 13'6.25" (4.12m), winning the first title in the event for the Titans at the Big West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships since Jennifer Clarke in 2005.
- Darion Zimmerman defended his Big West Conference title in the 400 meters on May 13, clocking a personal best time of 46.86 to win his second-straight crown in the event as well as break the Cal State Fullerton record.
- Freshman Naiah Boardingham broke her own Cal State Fullerton program record in the long jump on April 30 at the Fresno State Invitational. Boardingham's mark of 6.10 meters in the long jump was not only good for first place, but is a new program record at Fullerton, besting her previous mark of 5.94 meters set earlier in the spring.
- Junior Trevor Gorwin became a two-time Cal State Fullerton record holder on April 21 as his throw of 60'9.25" (18.52 meters) in the shot put set the new Titan program record at the Triton Invitational. Gorwin now holds the Fullerton record in both the hammer and the shot put as his mark surpassed Don Turri's throw of 59'11" (18.26 m) which had stood since 1973.
- Gorwin broke his own Cal State Fullerton school record on April 13 with a distance of 202-10 (61.82 meters) in the hammer throw at the Mt. SAC Relays hosted by El Camino College.
- Senior Ty'Jalayah Robertson matched her personal best and Cal State Fullerton record at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 14 on the campus of El Camino College. In the high jump, Robertson's mark of 5'8" placed second in the event. She previously hit the mark in 2015.
- Sophomore Kelsey McKelvey broke her own record in the javelin throw with a mark of 42.64 meters on March 10, placing first in the event.
- Junior Trevor Gorwin set his first school record in the hammer throw to earn Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Week honors, it was announced by the conference on March 14. At his home meet, the Ben Brown Invitational, Gorwin uncorked a throw of 199-10 (60.90m) for a new PR and Cal State Fullerton record. He placed third in the event. Gorwin also competed in the shot put, and fared well, finishing first overall with a mark of 58-01.75 (17.72m). That performance also was a then personal best.
- Sophomore Diego Courbis was named the co-Big West Men's Track Athlete of the Week, it was announced by the conference on March 28. Courbis posted a winning time in the 400 meter hurdles at the UC Riverside Spring Track Classic. He finished in 52.52, the top time in the Big West by .84 seconds at the time.
- Bryn Williamson became the first pole vaulter in Titan program history to clear 13 feet as the recipient of Big West Women's Field Athlete of the Week award on April 4. She finished second in the event at the UCLA Legends Invite on April 1, posting a mark of 13-00.25. She broke her own previous record of 12-10.75 set earlier this year at the RCC Quad Meet, which at the time broke a school record that had stood since 2003.
- Anthony Applequist collected his first career Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Week award on April 11 as he set personal and meet records at the Big West Challenge. In winning the triple jump with a mark of 51-00.00 at Long Beach State's Jack Rose Track, he set a new meet record while also placing fourth with a PR of 23-00.50 of long jump.
- Cal State Fullerton senior Darion Zimmerman collected his second Big West Men's Track Athlete of the Week award this season on May 8 after finishing fourth overall – and first among collegians – in the 400 meters at the Oxy Invitational on May 6. He clocked his then fastest time of the year, 47.28. Zimmerman previously earned Big West Men's Track Athlete of the Week accolades on April 4 after recording personal-bests in two events at the UCLA Legends Invite. Zimmerman ran a 10.57 in the 100 meters and blazed to a 21.16 finish in the 200 meters.
LONGEST-TENURED COACH: As the 2017 season gets underway, cross country and track and field head coach John Elders enters his 29th season at the helm of each program making him the longest tenured head coach in the history of Cal State Fullerton.
Elders was tied with former fencing head coach Heizaburo Okawa (1982-2006) and former men's soccer coach Al Mistri (1981-2005) for 25 years of service at Fullerton. The Orange County native is coach of cross country, women's indoor track and field, and men's and women's outdoor track and field.
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