NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—CSUN Track & Field completed competition at the Howie Ryan Invitational on Friday at the University of Houston. The Matadors boasted several more personal records as well as a multitude of top-10 finishes.
The Matador sprinters had two finish in the top-10 in the 200m as David Phillips, Jr. was second with a time of :21.02 followed by Chase Mars in third with a time of :21.38. Mars would also register a new second-best mark in CSUN history in the 60m preliminaries with a time of :6.71 to come in fourth at the event. James Crawford and Phillips also qualified for the finals of the 60m, registering times of :6.81 each. Wyatt Wiggins was 12th as well in the 60m with a PR time of :6.90. In the finals of the 60m, Mars was third with a time of :6.73 while Phillips was sixth at :6.77 and Crawford was seventh at :6.83.
Guillermo Lopez was the top Matador performer in the shot put with a toss of 16.02m (52-6.75). Elijah Ignacio cracked the top-10 in the shot put as well with a toss of 14.88m (48-10). In the weight throw, Josephn Alipranti was 10th by tossing 16.10m (52-10). Also, in the long jump, Joey Nations came in 12th place with a leap of 6.73m (22-1).
In distance races, Noah Contreras finished fifth in the 600 yard with a time of 1:13.61 followed by Atticus Hall in sixth place at 1:13.88. Hall also placed in the top-15 in the mile run with a 15th-place finish after a time of 4:26.59.
CSUN’s sprinters had a strong showing at the 60m preliminaries as two qualified for the finals. Arianna Alexander finished third in the prelims with a time of :7.52 while Kaliyah Poston was fifth with a time of :7.55. Ciella Seals would post a top-15 finish, coming in 14th place with a personal record time of :7.76. Alexander ended up finishing fifth in the final (:7.55) followed by Poston in sixth (:7.58). In the 200m, Poston finished seventh with a time of :24.52 while Jada Reese was 12th with a run time of :25.03.
In distance races, Nicole Contreras was third in the mile run with a time of 5:07.10 while Leann Hamilton was eighth with a new PR of 5:15.43 and Rachael Simpson finished ninth with a time of 5:18.88. Contreras also paced CSUN in the 800m with a PR of 2:18.36 to finish seventh. Hamilton was behind Contreras in eighth with a time of 2:19.05.
In the triple jump, Anastasia Bampali posted a fifth-place finish with a leap of 12.25m (40-2.25). That mark set a new fifth-place record in school history. Treasure Brown finished 11th in the weight throw with a PR toss of 13.72m (45-0.25) while Amani Britton was 12th with a toss of 13.43m (44-0.75). Britton was also 11th in the shot put, registering a toss of 12.34m (40-6). Brianna Kelpis also recorded a 12th-place finish in the high jump with a leap of 1.55 (5-1).
ACCORDING TO COACH JUSTIN JOHNSON
“We had a good meet. We were able to put together some great results despite not being at our best. We had several PR’s and we handled our competition very well, but we have a few areas that we need to sharpen up leading into MPSF. We will take the next two weeks to make those adjustments, but we will be ready.”
CSUN embarks on the 2024 Indoor MPSF Championships held in Spokane, Wash. from Feb. 25-26. The event will be streamed through FloTrack.org.