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CSUN Wins 5 Times During Matador Invitational

09 Dec 2021 | 06:41 | Track and Field

NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—The CSUN men’s and women’s track and field teams won five individual events as the program hosted the Matador Invitational Apr. 23.

MEN
Junior Mathieu Tshani won the triple jump by posting a career-best performance of 50-11 3/4. This was Tshani’s fourth individual victory of this season, his third coming in the triple jump.
Quinn Garity ran the fifth-fastest 1500m time by a CSUN freshman in school history as he won the race in a time of 3:55.02. Garity doubled-up in the 800m and he registered a season-best 1:54.30 to come in second. Garity has won four individual events this season including three in the 1500m.
Senior Eric Vivanco recorded a pair of career-bests on the day. He won the 200m by running his fastest Matador time of :22.24 after earlier in the meet going :48.75 to finish second in the 400m.
Jaylon Hartdige tallied a third in the 200m in a season-best :22.51. He was also seventh in the 400m (:51.75).
Isaiah Rucker posted a leap of 6-6 3/4 in the high jump to record a third-place finish.
Day’Marr Johnson was fourth in the 100m (:11.17).
De Marq Jaque finished fourth in the 400m (:49.72).
Noah Contreras placed fifth in both the 800m (2:05.02) and the 1500m (4:01.52).
Patrick Acholonu finished fifth in the 100m (:11.30).
Bryce Smith put up a season-best in the 200m as he was fourth (:22.58). He also turned in a sixth-place showing in the 400m (:50.73).
Miquel Buchanan came in sixth in the 100m by running a season-best :11.40.
Jonathan Perez posted a season-best hammer throw of 154-6 to earn a seventh-place showing.
Dawoud Mishal was eighth in the 800m (2:07.95).
The 4x100m relay of Acholonu, Johnson, Buchanan, and Smith were second after running :42.76.

WOMEN
Senior Sonsoles Barba won the long jump with a career-best leap of 19-0 1/2.
Senior Brisa Guzman-Sanchez won the 100m hurdles in a career-best time of :13.92.
Aaryn Smith was second in the 200m, running a season best :26.66. Smith was fourth in the long jump (15-8 1/4).
Sameerah Evans placed second in the triple jump after posting a leap of 40-2 3/4.
Brianna Kelpis finished third in the javelin (113-8), third in the shot (36-1 1/4), sixth in the high jump (4-9), and 10th in the 100m hurdles (:16.03).
Kyrasani Mitchell finished third (119-3) in the discus and fourth in the shot put with a season-best 33-10 1/4.
Danielle Cunningham was fourth in the discus (116-3) and fifth in the shot put with a season-best 33-0 1/2.
Taylor Thames placed fourth in the 100m with a season-best time of :13.01.
Nyah Villareal also turned in a season-best in the 100m as she finished fifth by running :13.25. Villareal had earlier in the meet finished fifth (12-11 1/2) in the long jump.
Ouanessa Nana finished fourth in the 800m (2:28.33) while Alex Grande came in sixth (2:41.00) in the race.
Lillian McCoy placed sixth in the shot put (31-11 1/4).
The 4x100m relay of Thames, Smith, Villareall, and Guzman-Sanchez were second in a time of :48.70.

ACCORDING TO HEAD COACH JUSTIN JOHNSON
“It was great to be back at home today. Our team did a great job and competed at a high level. We had several event winners and a lot of personal bests. That’s exactly what we what to see as coach, at this point in the year. I want to say thank you to all our seniors that competed in their last home meets of their careers. I appreciate their dedication and loyalty that they have shown to CSUN. They will forever be a part of our Matador Family.”

UP NEXT
The Matadors will compete in the UC Riverside/Long Beach State Invite next week. The distance portion of the meet is set for Thursday, Apr. 29 and will begin at 6 p.m. in Riverside. The sprints’ portion is scheduled to begin on Friday, Apr. 30 at 1 p.m. in Riverside. The field events will be conducted in Long Beach on Saturday, May 1 with a starting time to be determined.