FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton will be split between two meets this weekend as some student-athletes will stay in Orange County to go to the UC Irvine Spring Break Collegiate Classic while others head to Arizona State's Baldy Castillo Invitational. Competition on Friday begins at 2 p.m. PT in Irvine and 11 a.m. on Saturday. In Tempe, Friday's competition commences at 11:30 a.m. and then 11 a.m. on Saturday. If website for live results isn't updating, download the Finished Results app to access updated results.
Last week at our very own Ben Brown Invitational, the Titans had some standout performances including another weekly honor as Samantha Huerta was named Big West Women's Track Athlete of the Week. She broke her own school record in the mile with a time of 4:46.77. Charles Kelly won and set a personal best in the men's 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.29. Shelby Noble cleared 12-7.5 (3.85m) in the pole vault to take second place overall. Her personal-best clearance of 3.85m significantly bested her previous best of 3.70m.
To start the season, the Titans won 13 events at the RCC Invitational last weekend, including Mason Rollins who won two individual events and ran on the 4x100-meter relay team that won a third and was named Big West Men's Track Athlete of the Week. Rollins won the 100 meters and 200 meters as well with respective times of 10.54 (+0.1 wind) and 21.25 (0.1 wind). His 100-meter time tied a personal-best mark while his 200-meter time was a personal best.
As the men are on the quest to win their third straight Big West Conference Championship, Elders and his staff welcome back reigning Big West Freshman of the Year Rasaun House, NCAA All-American Marcel Espinoza, 2017 Big West Champion Diego Courbis, discus school-record holder Corey Gilbert and many others on a strong 2019 team.
On the women's side, the Titans return high jump school-record holder Iesha Hamm, three-time school-record holder and Big West Champion Samantha Huerta (800 meters), Big West Champion Nicole Clark (javelin) and others to an experienced 2019 team. The women earned a fourth-place finish overall last year, tied for the best team finish since 2010.
With the 2019 season under way, cross country and track and field head coach John Elders is in his 31st 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, then repeated that feat in 2018 to become back-to-back champions.
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