May 14, 2009
Irvine, Calif. - Strength in the women's sprints and the men's field events are what Cal State Fullerton hopes will score major points for the Titans at this weekend's Big West Conference Track and Field Championships at UC Irvine.
Fullerton features several student-athletes at or near the top in performances of several events over the course of the season.
"Our team success will depend on our outstanding individuals taking care of business and then getting some supporting points," said Head Coach John Elders. "Cal State Northridge looks like a heavy favorite on the women's side. Then probably UC Riverside but it's a grab-bag after that. If we score well we could finish in the top three or four or just as easily fall to sixth or seventh.
"Our men don't have the same margin of error as the women. Everyone must perform well for us to have team success. It should be a battle between Cal State Northridge's strength in the sprints and jumps against Cal Poly's strength in the distance races and the throws. Cal Poly has a little head start with its one-two finish last week in the decathlon."
Fullerton's top-ranked performer is Ciara Short, a heavy favorite in the 400 and ranked second best in the 200. She also will run both relays along with Lauren Williams, who is the top seed in the 100 hurdles and could make the finals in the 200 meters (Williams was Big West Female Track Athlete of the Week after breaking her own school record last week). The Titans also have a heavy favorite in the 3000 steeplechase in Juliane Masciana, who also will run the 5000 meters. Other highly ranked Titan women are Grace Gonzales in the 10000 meters, Jameena Hunt in the throws, Bonnie Sorensen in the long jump and Kelly MacLean in the pole vault.
On the men's side the strength is in the jumpers. Johnathan Golden is top-seeded at 7-feet-1 in the high jump and Laron Brown also has cleared 7 feet. Brown along with Garrett Myers should be threats in the long jump. Myers is defending conference champion in the triple jump but has not had a solid effort yet this year. He has excelled in the 400 meters and could challenge for the title. In the pole vault, Elders sees a 5-way fight for first including the Titans' Andrew Sullivan, who has cleared 16-feet-6 3/4 inches (he was selected Big West Conference Male Field Athlete of the Week for making that height last week).
Bryan Luther is the Titans' top hope in the sprints and freshman standout David Spates has points potential in the shot put and discus. Brent Handa is the Titans' best hope in the long distances and Erik Estrada should be a finalist in the 800 meters.
Men's Heats and Flights
Women's Heats and Flights