FULLERTON, Calif. – After sending a small group of athletes to compete at last weekend's Penn Relays, the Cal State Fullerton track and field program gets back to work this weekend, as it'll compete in the 20th annual Steve Scott Invitational in Irvine, Calif., this Friday and Saturday.
Track events will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday with the women's 5000-meter run. The meet will then resume again on Saturday with both the track and field events beginning at noon. Things will conclude with the men's 4x400m relay at approximately 5:10 p.m. Saturday.
Fullerton Athletes to Watch
Destinee Brown: Will compete in the 100 and 200-meter dash. Her time of 11.64 in the 100-meter dash ranks third in the league while her 23.83 200-meter time is also third in the Big West.
Katie Wilson: The senior sprinter will run the 200 and 400-meter dash. Wilson's time of 54.22 in the 400-meter dash is currently the second best mark in the conference.
Deena Pierce: Competing in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles over the weekend. Pierce ranks seventh in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.11 and fifth in the 400m hurdles with a mark of 1:01.43.
Amanda Mercado: Will compete in the hammer throw. Mercado has been one of the top throwers for the Titans all season as her hammer toss of 173'6" at the Bryan Clay Invitational ranks fourth in the Big West.
Jasmyne Davis: After participating in the Penn Relays, Davis will compete in the long and triple jump in Irvine. Her leap of 39'8.5" in the triple jump ranks sixth best in the conference.
Luis Matos: Will compete in the 100 and 200-meter dash, as well as the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. Matos' time of 10.75 in the 100-meter dash at the Mt. SAC Relays ranks 10th in the Big West this season.
Jeff Little: Competing in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Keep an eye on the sophomore distance runner as he won the same event last season with a time of 9:39.30
Malek Walls: Set to compete in the long and triple jump this weekend. His leap of 23'2.75" in the long jump at the Cal/Nevada Championships ranks sixth in the conference.
Paris Pijuan: Freshman pole-vaulter who will look to best his personal best of 16'0.75", which is fifth in the Big West.
A Look Back at the Penn Relays
On Thursday, the 4x100m relay team of Destinee Brown, Katie Wilson, Alexandria Stewart, and Ashley Sims qualified for the college section finals with a time of 46.08, while placing 15th. The next day in the finals, the team failed to finish the race after a baton-passing mistake.
Brown also competed in the women's 100-meter dash and placed 10th overall, but fell just short of qualifying as she squared off against top schools such as Auburn, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M. The Titans also were represented in the 4x400m relay (Janaya Shorty, Deena Pierce, Sims, and Wilson) finished with a time of 3:48.76.
Last Season's Steve Scott Invitational
At the 2013 Steve Scott Invitational, the Cal State Fullerton track and field team boasted a solid outing, as Katie Bathgate and Jeff Little each collected wins in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
In the 200-meter dash Ashley Sims ran a season-best 24.07 to place fourth and Katie Wilson finished fourth in the 400-meter with a time of 54.84.
In the field, Walter Whitaker (6.93m) and Sean Foelich (6.84m) highlighted things as they each recorded season-bests in the long jump.
Mid-Season Update with John Elders
After competing at the Steve Scott Invitational, the Titans will next head to Davis, Calif., for the Big West Combined Events and to Eagle Rock, Calif., for the OXY Invitational.