FULLERTON, Calif. – The Cal State Fullerton men and women's track and field team follow up its first-home meet of the season with a road trip to Las Vegas, Nev. for the two-day University of Las Vegas, Nevada Spring Invitational starting on Friday at 10:00 a.m. and finishing up on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
The Titans will join track and field teams from nine different schools to compete in the UNLV Invite as Illinois, BYU, UC Davis, Southern Utah University, Utah Valley University, Weber State, Westminster (UT), Cerritos and University of LaVerne will all participate in the meet. Seven teams will represent NCAA Division I schools, with two squads representing the Big West in Fullerton and UC Davis.
The action will begin on Friday in Las Vegas as the men and women participating in the combined-events category will headline the day. Starting at 11:00 a.m., the men's decathlon will get underway and the women's heptathlon will begin an hour later at 12:00 p.m. The Decathlon will feature the 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump and the 400m dash while the heptathlon will include the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m dash on Friday.
Rounding out the events on the first day of action will be the men and women's hammer throw competition. Coming off an impressive weekend at Titan Track Complex, Amanda Mercado, Jessica Flores and Alexandria Kemp will all look to improve further from their top-ten finishes at Fullerton's annual Ben Brown Invitational.
Saturday's action will get underway at 9:00 a.m. where the throwers will once again feature early. The women's shot put begins the throwing events on Saturday and the men's javelin throw will end them at 4:00 p.m. Daniel Walker headlined the javelin competition last weekend for the Titans, throwing 56.25 meters in his season debut. Trevor Gorwin will also look to keep the impressive start to his season going as he took home first place in the men's shot put event in last weekend's meet at Titan Track Complex.
The Titan sprinters, hurdlers and distance runners will finally get their weekend started on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. with the women's 5000m run, followed by the relay's starting at 10:00 a.m. with the women's 4x100m relay. The distance running trio of Tejera Dial, Jose Penaloza and David Ramirez all set personal-best finishes in their respective events at the Ben Brown Invite. Dial ran the 1500m in 4:39.24 seconds for the Titan women's team as Penaloza and Ramirez both set their best times in the 5000m for the men with times of 14:47.20 and 15:57.72, respectively.
The conclusion of the decathlon and the heptathlon will be featured on Saturday to round out the meet as the decathlon finishes with hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500m run and the heptathlon will conclude with the long jump, javelin and 800m run.