Matt Turner Qualifies for Long Jump Final

June 8, 2006

Sacramento, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton long jumper Matt Turner has qualified for Thursday night's finals in the long jump at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento.

Turned jumped 24 feet, 10 inches in Wednesday's preliminaries to tie for 11th place. The top 12 finishers advanced. Teammate Aaron Williams finished 19th with a distance of 23 feet, 10 1/4 inches.

Turner failed to qualify in his other event, the high jump. He cleared 6 feet, 10 3/4 inches to place 25th.

Only two other Big West Conference athletes advanced out of Wednesday's preliminaries. UC Irvine's Mike Beerer threw the hammer 210 feet, 8 inches to grab an eighth-place finish and qualify for Friday's finals. With a time of 8:40.88 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase semifinals, Cal Poly's Luke Llamas secured a sixth-place finish to advance to the finals onSaturday. The Mustang distance runner is the 2006 Big West champion in the respective event.

After the first five events of the decathlon, Long Beach State's Chris Richardson stands in fourth place with a score of 3,919. Richardson is 54 points out of second place. The decathlon concludes on Thursday with a 10:00 a.m. start.

Also competing in the first day of the four-day event was 49er Kim Heinz, who finished 21st in the javelin with a mark of 146-0. Teammate John Temidara also finished 14th in his respective event, the high jump, clearing a height of 7-0.25.

The three-time Big West Champion Willamena Cisco (Cal Poly) crossed the finish line of the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.90 to finish 26th, while Gaucho Bethany Nickless' time of 10:33.09 in the 3,000 steeplechase listed her 23rd overall. UCSB's Megan Lewis finished 24th in the 5,000 meter semifinals after posting a time of 16:47.17.

In the 110 hurdles, Cal State Northridge's Anthony Brown (16th - 14.12) was one of 18 athletes to qualify for the semifinal rounds later in the day. In the second round of competition Brown improved on his time and ran a mark of 13.97 to finish 13th, but unfortunately will not advance to the finals.

Day two of the NCAA Track & Field Championships will showcase Cal Poly's Deidre Byrne in the 1,500 meter semifinals and UC Santa Barbara's Stephanie Rothstein in the 10,000 meter finals. In the field events, 2006 Big West Female Freshman of the Year Jere' Summers (CSUN) will compete in the shot put qualifying round, while Richardson concludes the decathlon.