May 12, 2012
Irvine, Calif. - Ashley Sims, Katie Wilson and Morgan Thompson spearheaded a strong showing in the sprints Saturday to highlight Cal State Fullerton's efforts at the 2012 Big West Conference Track and Field Championships at UC Irvine.
The trio placed in the individual sprints and teamed with Krizia Apelar to win the 4x100 relay for the second year in a row in a seasonal best time of 45.61 to lead the Titan women to a sixth-place finish with 63 points. The men finished eighth with 16 points.
Sims took second in the 100 and fourth in the 200. Wilson was second in the 400 and fifth in the 200 while Thompson was second in the 200 and third in the 400. UC Davis' Melanise Chapman doubled in the 100 and 200 and Davis nipped UC Santa Barbara for the women's team title, 170 to 169.50. The Gauchos did win the men's title with 179 points to 150 for runnerup Long Beach State.
"Our female sprinters had an outstanding meet," said Head Coach John Elders. "It was a really strong performance."
The Titans also got significant points from Jasmyne Davis, a neophyte in the triple jump, who finished sixth in only her fifth competition. Kara Kalmar was fourth in the women's pole vault and Danielle Morton was sixth in the javelin.
On the men's side, Walter Whitaker placed fourth in the triple jump and Bryan Luther and Aaron Ray ran seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 200 meters. They also contributed to a fourth-place showing in the 4x100 relay.