09 Dec 2021 | 06:42 | Track and Field
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.—The CSUN men’s and women’s track and field teams opened the 2021 season Wednesday afternoon at the Cal Poly Spring Break Challenge.
“We got off to a good start today,” said CSUN head coach Justin Johnson. “We have been preaching to the team about trusting the process. So, we will continue to take it one week at a time. Our goal is to get better every time we step on the track and today gave us our starting point for the season. Now we get back to work and set our sights on the next meet.”
Mathieu Tshani won the long jump with a leap of 23-0 1/4. Teammates Ahmed Mohammed and Isaiah Rucker (20-0) were sixth (21-6 1/2) and 10th (20-0) respectively in the event.
In the 400m, Eric Vivanco earned the runner-up position, running a time of :49.56. Vivanco, a senior, recorded a career-best in the race. Freshman Bryce Smith made his CSUN debut by earning a fifth-place showing (:50.79). Tshani was seventh (:52.31) with Jaylon Hartdige placing ninth (:53.20). Dawoud Mishal rounded out the Matadors’ entries in 11th (:53.69).
De Marq Jaque paced a 3-4-5 showing for the Matadors in the 100m. Jaque charted a :11.11 for third. Patrick Acholonu went :11.36 followed by Mohamed at 11:44. In seventh was Miquel Buchanan (:11.51) with Rucker coming in eighth (:11.89).
The final running race of the day was the 1500m. In the field of 41, freshman Quinn Garity turned in the top Matador performance. Garity was 15th in a time of 3:57.66.
Senior Sonsoles Barba won the long jump by recording a career-best leap of 18-1 1/2. Freshman Sameerah Evans was second in the long jump (17-5 3/4) while Aaryn Smith finished fourth (15-5).
Brisa Guzman-Sanchez was the runner-up in the 100m hurdles as she ran :14.17. Freshman Brianna Kelpis placed fifth by running :16.04.
Smith ran second in the 100m by going :13.04. Taylor Thames followed in third at :13.22.
Kelpis came in third in the shot put with a toss of 35-8 1/4. Also entered in the shot for the Matadors were Lillian McCoy who finished sixth (33-5 3/4), Danielle Cunningham who was seventh (32-3 1/4), and Kyrasani Mitchell (31-2) who came in eighth.
Mitchell (114-0 1/2) recorded third in the discus followed by Cunningham (104-7 1/2).
Barba ran a career-best 1:00.50 in the 400m to come home third. Freshman Ouanessa Nana was eighth (1:07.59) followed by Evans (1:07.82), freshman Alex Grande (1:08.96), and junior Madyson Houseman (1:13.08).
In the 800m, Nana led the way as she posted a fifth-place showing (2:38.28). Houseman placed sixth (2:40.05) while Alex Grande (2:43.54) came in seventh.
Heidi Eligio’s 23rd-place in the 1500m (5:15.82) was the best finish for CSUN in the race.
The Matadors return to the track next Friday, Apr. 2, when CSUN hosts the Red & Black Invitational. The field events are set for a 9 a.m. start. The first running event is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.