March 17, 2007
Long Beach, Calif. - Senior Jon Pratter broke the Cal State Fullerton school record in the 100 meters and he and teammate Marques Barosso qualified for the NCAA Regionals to highlight the Titans' efforts Saturday at the Jack Rose Relays at Long Beach State.
Pratter was clocked in a time of 10.46 and Barosso posted a 10.49, which also broke the previous record of 10.50 by Kevin Howard in 2000. With their times, the two sprinters also qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships held in late May.
Pratter's previous personal best mark was set last season in 10.61 seconds.
On the women's side, two quarter milers who normally compete in the 400m ran the 100m -- Kandace Wilson (12.14) and Kimiah Hudson (12.16) -- and both posted lifetime bests. Hudson also ran a lifetime best of 24.98 over 200 meters. The two women will compete in their normal events next week at the USC Invitational.
Another runner who had an outstanding meet was Antonia Vega in the 100m, clocking a blistering 12.13 to bring home the Titans' fastest time of the season. This was the first time in many years the Titans had three sprinters crack the 12.2 barrier at one meet. The conference standard is 12.39 for the 100m.
"The best way to describe the record setting day was that everything fell into place for those guys -- the race conditions were perfect, the competition was perfect and the way Pratter and Barosso competed was a day to remember," said Assistant Coach Ken McDaniel.
"The most intriguing part about today's performances is it's still early in our overall season. Hopefully, there's more to come within the next month and a half from the Titans."