Rashaad Allen, right, one of Northridge's top sprinters, finished first in recent Cal-Nevada competition.
Cal State Northridge will host the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) West Regional Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday May 28 and 29, the first time in university history that it will serve as host for the major track event.
Some 800 student-athletes and 400 coaches, athletic trainers and administrators are expected for the meet, said Northridge Athletics Department Sports Information Director Ryan Finney.
As many as 35 different universities from eight states-Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington-are eligible to send competitors to the event, to be staged at the Matador Track and Field Complex off Lindley Avenue/East University Drive south of Lassen Street.
"Cal State Northridge is excellent and indispensable to the San Fernando Valley region for so many reasons, including hosting cultural and athletic events like this," said President Jolene Koester.
The track meet will mark only the second NCAA regional competition Northridge has hosted in nine years, said Finney, recalling the 1995 NCAA No. 4 Regional for softball. In CSUN's history as a Division I regional host, softball has been the sport on each occasion: in 1993, 1994 and 1995.
"We are honored to have the opportunity to host this event," said Dick Dull, CSUN athletic director. "We join a select group of universities who will be hosting the NCAA Regional Championships that weekend."
That group will include the University of Florida, hosting the East Regional; Louisiana State University, hosting the Mid-East Regional, and Texas A&M University, hosting the Midwest Regional.
The meet will provide Northridge's student-athletes with a "tremendous opportunity" to compete in front of a home crowd in the NCAA's first round, said head men's and women's track and field coach Don Strametz.
CSUN's Matadors won the 2004 Cal-Nevada Championship team title for men's track and field in April at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with junior sprinter Rashaad Allen finishing first in both the 100- and the 200-meter dashes.
Allen earned the 2004 Cal-Nevada Championships Male Track Athlete of the Meet honors, and Coach Strametz was named Men's Coach of the Meet.
Prominent alumni of Northridge's track and field program include 18 Olympians, among them Valerie Brisco-Hooks, the first ever to win the 200- and 400-meter races in the same Olympics; the late Florence Griffith-Joyner, world record-setter in the women's 100- and 200-meter dashes; javelin thrower Dave Stephens and three-time Olympian high jumper Pam Spencer-Marquez.
For schedule and ticket information, call the Matador ticket office at (818) 677-2488. For NCAA West Regional Meet information, visit www.GoMatadors.com.
@csun | May 03, 2004 issue
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