TF Split Among Three Southern California Meets

Marcel Espinoza running
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FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton track and field will compete is going to spread out among Southern California this weekend. The majority of the team, sprinters, jumpers and some distance runners, will compete at UC Riverside's Highlander Challenge on Friday afternoon. The throwers are set to compete at the UCSD Triton Invitational. Jordan Agnew and Tammy Vien are set to compete in their first heptathlon of the 2018 outdoor season on Friday and Saturday at the Cerritos Invite.

The Titans have already set four school records this outdoor season, with Nicole Clark throwing 144-11 (44.17m) in the women's javelin and Corey Gilbert throwing the discus 178-7 (54.45m). , Samantha Huerta now owns two school records as she ran a mile-converted 4:26.68 1,500-meter time and last weekend at the Titan Team Challenge (March 31) she ran the 800-meter race in 2:07.36.

CSF has already claimed three Big West Conference Athlete of the Week honors this season. Thaddeus Smith is the reigning Big West Men's Track Athlete of the Week after he won the 100m (10.57) and 200m (21.00) at the Big West Challenge last weekend. Naiah Boardingham was honored as the Women's Field Athlete of the Week on April 3 after she won the long jump at the Titan Team Challenge and clocked team-leading times in the 100m, 200m and ran a leg on the 4x100-meter relay team. She holds the No. 2 ranked long jump mark in the conference at 19-8.75 (6.10m). Rasaun House was the Men's Track Athlete of the Week on March 6 for his 100-meter time of 10.44 (wind-aided) that is still tied for the top time in the league.

At this point in the outdoor season, the Titans have six individual marks that rank in the top-48 in the NCAA West Region on the women's side. In order to qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary Round at the end of the season, you must have a top-48 mark in the region. Huerta has the No. 10 ranked time in the 800-meter race at 2:07.36 and her 1,500m time (4:26.68) is ranked 46th. Gabrielle De La Rosa's steeplechase time of 10:56.95 is currently ranked 42nd in the region.

Pole vaulters Bryn Williamson and Alysse McMillen are tied for the 42nd-best mark in the west at 12-7.5 (3.85m). Boardingham's long jump mark of 19-8.75 (6.01m) is ranked 34th in the region.

For the men's side, 11 individual marks rank in the top-48 of the West region. Rasaun House's wind-aided time of 10.44 in the 100 meters is tied for 22nd along with Thaddeus Smith's time of 10.44 (+1.8 wind). Smith also has the No. 20 time in the 200 meters at 21.00. Marcel Espinoza's time of 47.20 in the 400 meters is good for 28th in the region. Mason Guzman-Sanchez is ranked 37th in 110-meter hurdles at 14.38. Jorge Sanchez (9:06.16) is 45th in the region in the steeplechase.  

Edwin Matthews' high jump clearance of 6-9.75 (2.08m) is 30th in the region and Anthony Applequist triple jumped 50-5.5 (15.38m) to be ranked 22nd. Dwayne Lee's long jump mark of 24-0.75 (7.33m) is 43rd in the west. Gilbert's discus toss of 178-8 (54.45m) is good for 21st in the region and Alvin Sung threw the javelin 203-0 (61.88m) which is 34th.

As we are in the 2018 season, cross country and track and field head coach John Elders is in his 30th 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.

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