Five Newcomers Sign with Titan Track Program

Nov. 15, 2006

Fullerton, Calif. - Five student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to attend Cal State Fullerton in the Fall of 2007 and compete in track and field and/or cross country.

Grace Gonzales of Ayala High School in Chino and Erin Griffith of Capistrano Valley High will compete on both the Titan women's cross country and track & field teams. Gonzales and Griffith both competed at the prestigious Woodbridge Invitational earlier this season and ran outstanding times of 17:35 and 17:46, respectively. They placed second and third in the same heat this past weekend on the Mt. SAC course at CIF-SS prelims with times of 18:16 and 18:19.

"I'm very excited to have Grace and Erin join our distance program next year," said Fullerton Head Coach John Elders. "They are both very talented runners who are great students. They will help a young, up and coming women's team get even better. The future looks very bright for our women's distance program."

Committing early to the CSF men's program are distance runners Chris Cattern and Jeff Mackay from Chino Hills High and pole vaulter Andrew Sullivan from Rancho Bernardo High in San Diego.

Mackay ran 15:41 on the Woodward Park course earlier this season at the Clovis Invitational and as a junior Cattern completed the Mt. SAC course in a time of 15:37. Cattern's parents, Mark & Denise, are both CSF alumni.

"Chris and Jeff are great additions to our distance program," said Elders. "I believe they will develop into very strong Division I distance runners who will help our team get into the upper echelon of the Big West Conference."

Sullivan is the No. 2 returning athlete in California in the pole vault and as a junior posted a personal best of 15 feet, 8 inches. He was the CIF San Diego Section Division I champion as a junior, but did not compete in the state meet so that he could attend his brother's wedding.

"We're very pleased to have Andrew join our vault squad and he will definitely help carry on a great tradition of vaulters here at CSF," said Elders.