NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—On a day where 15 Titan track athletes advanced to the finals and six field athletes recorded top-10 finishes, it was Morgan Thompson's performance in the 400-meter dash prelims that stole the show for Cal State Fullerton on day one of the Big West championships, Friday at the Matador Track and Field Complex.
Thompson ran a time of 53.90 and finished second overall in the 400-meter prelims, smashing what was a previous personal-best mark of 56.43. Katie Wilson will also join Thompson in the 400-meter final Saturday, as she ran a personal-best 54.51 and placed fourth overall in the event.
Top performers, Deena Pierce and Ashley Sims also managed to advance to the finals in their events, as Pierce placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdle prelims (60.77 PR) and finished second overall in the 100-meter hurdle prelims (13.96), coming a tenth of a millisecond shy of UCSB's Grace Esslinger, who finished first (13.95).
Sims set personal-bests in her two events, as she placed fourth in the 200-meter dash (23.78) and fifth in the 100-meter dash. (11.73).
Katie Bathgate started the day off strong earning the only five points the Fullerton women would score on the day, as she ran a personal-best 11:02.14 and finished fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase
Emily Taylor and Tenia Sebastian both advanced to the finals in their respective events, as Taylor placed eighth in the 1500-meter prelims (4:37.51) and Sebastian finished seventh and recorded a season-best in the 400-meter hurdle prelims (61.66).
Jasmyne Davis recorded a season-best leap of 18-01.75 in the long jump final and finished 12th, as the Titan women finish day one in ninth place (five points).
200-meter dash favorite Bryan Luther didn't disappoint for the Titan men, as he cruised into the final, after he ran a personal-best tying 21.44 and finished second in the 200-meter prelims. He also advanced to the final of the 100-meter dash, as he recorded a personal-best time of 10.61 and placed fifth overall in the prelims.
Javon May also advanced to the 400-meter hurdle final, as he ran a time of 52.50 and placed third in prelims. Gavin Couvrey-Jacobs will join him in the final after running a personal-best 55.70 and finishing ninth.
Tony Crutchfield represented Fullerton in a positive way on the 110-meter hurdles, recording a season-best 14.77 and placing sixth overall in prelims to advance to Saturday's final as well.
Daniel Walker recorded the best finish of any Titan field athlete, as he placed fifth in the javilen final, recording a personal-best mark of 181-10. Walter Whitaker also had a solid outing, placing sixth in the men's long jump final, as he recorded a personal-best leap of 23-02.50.
Sean McNany finished seventh in the pole vault final (15-11.75), while Brandon Cook (1:52.72 PR) and AJ Pulice (1:53.83) advanced to the 800-meter final, recording fifth and sixth place performances in the prelims.
The Titan men finish the day in seventh place with 13.50 points.
Championship action resumes tomorrow with the men's hammer throw at 9:00 a.m.