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T&F Opens 2014 Season at Cherry & Silver Invite

Maderia Toatley will run in the 200, 400 and the 4x400-meter relay this weekend.
Maderia Toatley will run in the 200, 400 and the 4x400-meter relay this weekend.

Jan. 23, 2014

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The San Diego State track and field team officially begins its 2014 season this weekend at the Cherry & Silver Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Aztecs, who have won the past two Mountain West Track and Field Championships (2013 indoor and 2013 outdoor) and are just out of the top 25 in the USTFCCCA indoor preseason poll at No. 33, will be sending 14 to the meet.

Multi-event specialists Nicole Oudenaarden and Allison Reaser are slated to compete in five events apiece. Oudenaarden will compete in the 200-meter dash, 60 hurdles, long jump, shot put and will run a leg in the 4x400 "A" relay, while Reaser is scheduled for the 60 hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put and a leg in the "A" 4x400.

Fellow pentathlete Karsen Sper will be competing in the 200, 60 hurdles, high jump and the "B" 4x400 and Kristen Brown is set for the 60, 60 hurdles, pole vault and the "B" 4x400.

Three others - Janice George (200, 400 and "B" 4x400), Madison Gipson (60, 200 and "B" 4x400) and Maderia Toatley (200, 400 and "A" 4x400) - are booked for three events, while Jasmine Burrell (shot put, weight throw), Ariel Oliver (shot put, weight throw) and Meritzer Williams (200, "A" 4x400) will compete in two events.

Additionally, Karen Snapper and Holly Waseloff are slated for the pole vault, and Brittany Gonter (shot put) and Mikayla Howden (weight throw) will compete in throwing events.

Defending outdoor triple jump national champion Shanieka Thomas will not compete in this weekend's meet. Earlier this month, Thomas was one of just 10 athletes named to the Women's Preseason Watch List for the Bowerman Trophy, which is given to the top collegiate track and field athlete in the country.

New Mexico is hosting the meet, which also includes top-ranked Texas, No. 5 Georgia, No. 7 Arkansas, No. 9 Stanford, No. 11 South Carolina and No. 19 Florida State, along with top-10 Division II ranked teams Adams State (No. 3) and Western State (No. 9). Other teams expected to compete are Arizona, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Fullerton, California, Clemson, UConn, Florida A&M, Houston, Incarnate Word, New Mexico JC, New Mexico State, New Mexico Military Institute, Portland State, Tulane, UC-Colorado Springs, USC, Utah, Utah State, UTEP, Wayland Baptist and West Texas A&M.

The meet kicks off for SDSU at 4 p.m. MT Friday with the weight throw before closing with the 200 at 8 p.m. The shot put begins San Diego State's Saturday competition at 10 a.m. MT, while the two-day meet closes at 3:35 p.m. with the 4x400 relay.

Live results will be available at liverunningresults.com throughout the meet. Friday's final results and the complete results from the meet will be posted on GoAztecs.com.