FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton track and field will send a group of distance runners to UCLA's Bob Larsen Distance Carnival on Friday evening. Following that, the program will host the Titan Team Challenge on Saturday at the Titan Track Complex on campus. Field events begin at 9:15 a.m. PT and the running events set for 12 p.m.
On Saturday, the Titans will compete against CSU Bakersfield, Cornell, Grand Canyon, New Mexico and UC Davis.
Earlier in the season at the Baldy Castillo Invitational, Samantha Huerta and Nicole Clark each broke their own school records and Huerta was honored as the Big West Women's Track Athlete of the Week for the second straight time. She was second overall and first among collegians in the women's 1,500-meter race to break her own school record with a time of 4:25.03, just edging her previous record of 4:25.16. Clark had a personal-best toss of 159-7 (48.65m) in the javelin to take fourth place overall and beat her previous record 156-9 (47.77m). That throw is tops in the Big West.
Also earlier in the season at the Ben Brown Invitational, the Titans had some standout performances including another weekly honor as Huerta was named Big West Women's Track Athlete of the Week. She broke her own school record in the mile with a time of 4:46.77. Charles Kelly won and set a personal best in the men's 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.29. Shelby Noble cleared 12-7.5 (3.85m) in the pole vault to take second place overall. Her personal-best clearance of 3.85m significantly bested her previous best of 3.70m and is second in the Big West this season.
In the men's sprints, the Titans own three of the top four spots in the Big West in the 100 meters and and each of the top four in the 200 meters, led by Mason Rollins in both at 10.54 and 21.25, respectively. Kelly's 110mH time of 14.29 is second in the league on the year while Diego Courbis' 400mH time of 53.37 is fourth.
Jake Smith and Huerta each own the top times in the conference in the 1,500 meters at 3:50.22 and 4:25.03. Trinity Ruelas also holds the top women's 5K time at 16:57.12. while Anthony Alfaro's 3K steeplechase time of 9:22.04 is tops as well.
Marcel Sylvester and Iesha Hamm are both ranked No. 2 in the league currently with respective high jump marks of 6-8.75 (2.05m) and 5-7 (1.70m).
Sierra Valdivieso is second in the Big West in the women's discus with a mark of 167-1 (50.93m). Trevor Gorwin is third in the conference in the men's hammer (198-3/60.47m) and fourth in the shot put (53-6.25/16.31m).
With the 2019 season under way, cross country and track and field head coach John Elders is in his 31st season at the helm of each program making him the longest tenured head coach in the history of Cal State Fullerton. Cal State Fullerton won the 2017 Big West Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the first conference title in program history, then repeated that feat in 2018 to become back-to-back champions.
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