RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Cal State Fullerton men and women's track and field team finished competition at the UC Riverside Spring Track and Field Classic on Saturday in Riverside, Calif. with one school record and multiple first-place finishes throughout the three-day meet.
After dominating the multi events for the first two days of competition in Riverside thanks to Taylor Frank's record-breaking performance, the rest of the Titans squad were given their chance to shine in the final day. Fullerton took advantage of the opportunity as at least one runner, sprinter, jumper and thrower took home top prize in their respective events to go along with personal-best finishes all around.
Janaya Shorty crossed the finish line ahead the field in the 400-meter dash to kick off the sprinting events for the Titan women. Senior Josh Gordon completed the Fullerton sweep in the 400m dash after finishing in first place, posting a personal-best time of 47.53 seconds. Shorty's time of 53.60 sec. was the third-fastest time in Fullerton history and is No. 1 in the Big West Conference this season.
Tejera Dial and Shelby Hernandez Jr. once again carried the torch for the CSF distance runners at the UCR Spring Classic, Dial in the 1500m run and Hernandez in the 800m. Dial crossed the finish line in a personal-best 4:35.34 sec., breaking her previous PR by over four seconds. Hernandez took second-place overall in the 800m, crossing the finish line in a season-best 1:53.04.
Other personal-best finishes in the distance running events came courtesy of Tim Reed and Pamela Pelayo in the 3000m steeple chase. Reed finished second-overall in the men's event with a time of 9:39.04 sec. and Pelayo crossed the finish line in 11:50.70 sec.
Paris Pijuan and Steven Williams stepped into the spotlight for the Titan jumping squad on Saturday as Pijuan took first place overall in the pole vault event after clearing 4.80m, and Williams earned his first place finsh after clearing a height of 2.05m in the high jump. It was the third-straight meet that a Titan cleared 2.05m in the event, with Malik Johnson taking second place at the Ben Brown Invitational before taking the top spot home at the UNLV Invite and UCR Spring Classic. Jonathan Tolentino also set a personal-best jump in the long jump event with a distance of 6.40m.
The throwers put together another strong meet for the Titans in Riverside with personal-best throws by Alexandria Kemp, Catherine Craig and Tayla Shultz in the hammer throw and Kenny Callinan in the Discus. Nobody could out-shine Daniel Walker, however, throwing a personal-best 199-feet-9 inches in the javelin competition. The distance shattered Walker's previous personal-best by over fifteen feet and is the second-best throw in the Big West Conference this season.
"The UC Riverside Spring Classic was filled with impressive performances from our team," head coach John Elders said. "Janaya, Josh and Danny had an outstanding Saturday following Taylor's record-breaking heptathlon performance on Thursday and Friday. Add those to a bunch of personal-bests from others and you get a great three days for Titan Track."
The Titans will be back on the Track on Friday and Saturday to take part in the UCLA Legends Invite in Westwood, Calif.