March 22, 2008
Los Angeles, Calif. - A regional qualifying mark by Jonathan Golden in a new event, the second and third best women's 3,000 meter times in school history and another school record by Jameena Hunt highlighted Cal State Fullerton's performance Saturday afternoon at the Trojan Invitational Track and Field Meet at USC.
Competing in the triple jump for the first time since high school, Golden leaped 49 feet, 11 1/4 inches for a personal best. In the 3,000, Carolyn Ellis ran second in 9:46.17 and freshman Grace Gonzales was right with her at 9:46.30 for third place. And Hunt broke the 45 foot barrier for the first time with a put of 45 feet, 3 inches.
Other highlights: Both the men's and women's 4x100 relay teams posted seasonal bests. The women's team of Lauren Williams, Kristyne Hanberg, Chazz Evans and Brenetta Wallace ran 46.88 while the men's team of Lawrence Trice, Stokes, Roberto Archibold and Garrett Myers ran 41.48.
Lauren Williams ran 14.14 in the 100 hurdles for a Big West qualifying mark
Dalya Taman posted an NCAA regional qualifying height of 12 feet, 7 1/2 inches in the pole vault and teammate Gayle Greenough went over 12 feet (12 feet, 1 1/2 inches) for the first time. On the men's side, Andrew Little cleared a personal best 16 feet, 3/4 inch.
Archibold, the reigning Big West 400 hurdles champion, made his debut race and ran 53.41.
Erinn Wilkes posted a career-best 38 foot, 9 inch triple jump to win her section and
Nick Longo had a personal best mark of 174 feet, 4 inches to win the hammer throw section.
Julius Joseph continues to improve by more than a foot a week as he put the shot 49 feet, 5 inches to win his section of the men's open competition.
Myers ran the fastest leg on the 4x400 relay and also went 1:55.35 in the men's 800. Allison Taylor had a personal best in the women's long jump at 18 feet, 6 inches for a Big West qualifying mark and a sectional victory.
"I'm real pleased with our performance today," said Head Coach John Elders. "We're getting better each week and the kids are stepping up real well."