FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton track and field will begin the Big West Championships this weekend as four student-athletes will compete in the combined events portion of the meet on Friday and Saturday. The meet, which is hosted by Cal State Northridge, begins on Friday at 12 p.m. PT and then starts on Saturday at 11 a.m. Also on Saturday, CSF is hosting the Titan Twilight as a final tune-up for the rest of the squad before the rest of the events are contested at the Big West Championships on May 11-12.
For CSF at the Big West Championships, Dwayne Lee will represent the Titans in the decathlon while Jordan Agnew, Iesha Hamm and Tammy Vien are set to compete in the heptathlon. Agnew enters this weekend with the No. 5 heptathlon score (4,409) in the conference this year while Vien is No. 10 (3,867). Lee and Hamm have not completed a decathlon or heptathlon this season.
The Titans have already set seven school records this outdoor season. Nicole Clark threw 144-11 (44.17m) at the Ben Brown Invitational then broke her own record at the Steve Scott Invitational with a mark of 156-9 (47.77m) in the women's javelin. Corey Gilbert threw the discus 178-7 (54.45m). Samantha Huerta now owns three school records as she ran the mile in 4:48.02, the 1,500-meter race in 4:25.16 and the 800-meter race in 2:07.36. Iesha Hamm set a school record in the women's high jump with a clearance of 5-10 (1.78m) as well. Mason Guzman-Sanchez set the CSF record in the men's 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.20 (+1.9 wind) at the Penn Relays.
CSF has already claimed five Big West Conference Athlete of the Week honors this season. This week, Clark was named Co-Women's Field Athlete of the Week for her school-record toss and Anthony Applequist was Men's Field Athlete of the Week after he won the triple jump at the Penn Relays with a mark of 51-3.5 (15.63m). Thaddeus Smith was named Big West Men's Track Athlete of the Week on April 10 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 three 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. 29 ranked time in the 800-meter race at 2:07.36. Hamm's high jump mark of 5-10 (1.78m) is 19th in the region and Clark's javelin toss of 156-9 (47.77m) is 25th.
For the men's side, nine individual marks rank in the top-48 of the West region. House's wind-aided time of 10.44 in the 100 meters is tied for 40th along with Smith's time of 10.44 (+1.8 wind). Smith also has the No. 37 time in the 200 meters at 21.00. Guzman-Sanchez is ranked 30th in 110-meter hurdles at 14.20. Danny Ramirez (8:57.10) is 39th in the region in the steeplechase.
Edwin Matthews' high jump clearance of 6-10.25 (2.09m) is 47th in the region and Applequist triple jumped 51-3.5 (15.63m) to be ranked 20th. Gilbert's discus toss of 178-8 (54.45m) is good for 31st in the region and Alvin Sung threw the javelin 203-2 (61.94m) which is 41st.
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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