Four Champions Crowned and Seven School Records Shattered at Big West Championships

Four Champions Crowned and Seven School Records Shattered at Big West Championships

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Cal State Fullerton outdoor track and field team saw seven school records fall as the Titans claimed four titles at the Big West Championships this weekend.

The Titans won three individual titles in addition to the men's 4x100 meter relay team who not only set a new school record, but set a new Big West Championships meet record and brought home the Titans' first ever title in the 4x100m relay.

"I'm really proud of both of our squads," said head coach John Elders. "They really competed hard and although we've had to overcome multiple injuries this season, we just kept going."

India Owens brought home the women's 400-meter hurdles title for the second straight year after teammate Tyler Hardge did the same in 2015. Owens' time of 59.65 shattered the school record that had been set back in 2006 by Destany Cearley.

Eli Penick also brought home the men's 100-meter dash title and demolished the school record with his time of 10.33, running the fastest time out of all Big West athletes this season and the fastest by the conference meet champion since 2003.

Joining his teammates with the last individual title is Darion Zimmerman, who won the 400-meter run posting a time of 47.46 and is the first Titan to win the title since 2007.

In addition to the four conference champions, five Titans also finished in the top three in their respective events.

Shelby Hernandez Jr. improved upon his own school record and finished second in the 800-meter run, running a time of 1:50.69.

Aneesh Joshi also set a new school record in the 100 meter hurdles in his run on Friday in the prelims, running a time of 14.23 before coming back Saturday to finish in 2nd place overall and running a time of 14.35.

Luis Matos rounds out the top three finishers for the men as he finished 3rd overall in the 200-meter dash, running a time of 21.34.

For the women, Ty'Jalayah Robertson brought home two top three finishes as she tied for second in the high jump and set a new personal record in her triple jump, good for a 3rd place finish overall.

Lastly for the Titans' top three finishes is Jessica Flores, who finished 3rd overall in the hammer throw with her distance of 59.40m.

Two more school records were set at the Big West Championships with Steven Parsons writing his name in the record books in his final competition as a Titan, breaking the previous school record in the hammer throw set by teammate Trevor Gorwin earlier this season with his distance of 58.60m.

Kelsey McKelvey can also find her name in the record book now after tying Karen Bardsley's throw of 41.26m set back in 2007.

Overall, both squads saw an improvement in point total from last season with the men increasing their score by 25 points with 91 points overall, the highest team score since 2007.

The women improved their team score by 20 points with 62 overall, the best score since 2012.

"I'm really proud of what our program accomplished. I'm really looking forward to 2017 with hosting the conference championships next year and I believe both of our squads will be extremely competitive," said Elders.


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