May 14, 2006
Northridge, Calif. - Both the Cal State Fullerton men's and women's track and field teams enjoyed their best Div. I finishes ever Saturday at the Big West Conference Championship at Cal State Northridge as the men finished third and the women were fourth.
The men scored a school record 116.5 points to trail only champion Long Beach State (195.5) and Cal Poly SLO (160.5) and outdistance UC Santa Barbara (114.5), Cal State Northridge (114.5) UC Irvine (79.5) and UC Riverside (31). The 4x400 relay team wrapped up the third-place finish as the Titans finished fourth, just behind CSUN but ahead of UCSB.
The women scored a school record 107 points to trail champion Cal State Northridge (207), UC Santa Barbara (165.5) and Long Beach State (152) and ahead of Cal Poly SLO (76.5), UC Riverside (63) and UC Irvine (44).
Matt Turner was the individual star, completing the meet with points in five events. He added to last week's sixth in the decathlon and Friday's win in the long jump by placing third in the high jump and 110 hurdles and fourth in the triple jump. He totaled 30 points himself or more than the entire Titans team a year ago.
"We're very excited about our performance and the fact we are taking more people (14) than ever before to regionals," said Head Coach John Elders. "We had two great days and made great improvement from a year ago."
Eight men and six women will advance to the NCAA Regional meet in Provo, Utah, in two weeks by virtue of either meeting qualifying marks or winning events this weekend such as Marques Barosso in the men's 200, Destany Cearley in the women's 400 hurdles with a new school record and Turner in the long jump on Friday.
Other notable performances included: Jason Graney second in the 800, Barosso second in the 100, Lacey Welborn second in the women's triple jump, Scott Hutchison seventh in the shot put with a PR, the women's 4x400 relay team (Hudson, Blake, Wilson and Cearley) with a school record 3:41.68 race, good for a regional qualifying spot, and a second-place showing by the men's 4x100 relay team of John Bolton, Barosso, John Pratter and Chris Epstein.