Aztec T&F Closes Regular Season in Los Angeles
May 4, 2017
SAN DIEGO -
San Diego State track & field closes out the regular season by competing at the Oxy Invitational, hosted by Occidental College, in Los Angeles on Sat., May 6.
SDSU opens the meet with the long jump at 11 a.m., with sophomores Jelena McNown and Lisa-Anne Barrow representing the Aztecs. Classmate Je’Neal Ainsworth will compete in the triple jump at 2 p.m., while seniors Angel Bucci and Cali King and freshman Mary Kunigan run the 1,500 at 3:10 p.m. The 400-meter dash follows for sophomore Lakin Hatcher at 4:10 p.m., and senior Starlynn Singleton races in the 100-meter dash at 4:45 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., junior Cindy Flores runs the 800 meters, and Hatcher runs the 200-meter dash at 7 p.m. The meet closes for San Diego State with senior Elaine Ribeiro in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 8 p.m. and juniors Cassidy Towner and Lily Seynaeve and senior Christine Kent in the 5,000 meters at 8:55 p.m.
The meet will be streamed on FloTrack for a fee at: https://www.flotrack.org/live/2344-2017-oxy-invitational/signup?next=http://live.flotrack.org/#/event/2344-2017-oxy-invitational. The weekend’s results will be posted on GoAztecs.com at the end of the day.
Ashley Henderson Named MW Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
San Diego State track and field junior Ashley Henderson was selected as the Mountain West Outdoor Women’s Track Athlete of the Week for her performance at the prestigious Penn Relays last weekend.
This is the third weekly conference honor of Henderson’s career and her second of this outdoor season. The St. Louis native was previously honored on March 28th for her outing at the Aztec Invitational. She ran the fastest 100-meter dash in program history and in the NCAA (11.10) up to that point and anchored the 11th-fastest 4x100 relay in the NCAA this season (44.40), which was third all-time in SDSU history, for second place at the meet.
Henderson became the first Aztec to win a track event at the Penn Relays when she won the 100-meter dash at the Penn Relays on Sat., April 29. Her 11.13 time, the third fastest on the weekend in the event and the 10th fastest in NCAA Division I this season, was just .01 second ahead of the second-place finisher, Jonielle Smith of Auburn. Henderson’s win was one of three for SDSU at the Penn Relays, as the Aztecs won the Shuttle Hurdles Relay, San Diego State’s first relay win at the prestigious meet, and Melody Harris won the javelin (150-9).
Henderson also anchored the Aztecs’ 4x100-meter relay to a third-place finish at the Penn Relays (43.76), which raced to the fastest time for an SDSU team this season and was just .21 second off the school record, set by the same relay team last season.
SDSU in Stellar Shape Looking Ahead
With the Mountain West Track & Field Championships next week, San Diego State track & field is in stellar shape heading into the conference meet, hosted by Utah State, from Weds., May 10 through Sat., May 13.
The Scarlet and Black currently leads all Mountain West athletes in the 100 (Ashley Henderson, 11.10), 200 (Henderson, 22.89), 400 (Simone Glenn, 53.91), 100 hurdles (Micha Auzenne, 13.19), 400 hurdles (Andrenette Knight, 58.44), 4x100-meter relay (Starlynn Singleton, Glenn, Auzenne, Henderson, 43.76) and pole vault (Bonnie Draxler, 14-03.25).
SDSU has won two of the last four outdoor titles (2013 and 2014) and finished third or better in each of the last two conference meets (third in 2015, second in 2016). The Aztecs boast 13 returning All-Mountain West selections (Je’Neal Ainsworth (triple jump), Rachel Alesi (shot put), Micha Auzenne (100 hurdles, 4x100 relay), Marissa Berry (pole vault), Bonnie Draxler (pole vault), Kassidy Ellis (heptathlon), Madison Gipson (400 hurdles, 4x400 relay), Simone Glenn (200, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay), Ellison Grove (800), Lakin Hatcher (4x400 relay), Ashley Henderson (100, 200, 4x100 relay), Tyra Lea (400, 4x400 relay), Starlynn Singleton (4x100 relay)), including the 2016 Women’s Most Outstanding Performer Ashley Henderson.
During this outdoor season, the Scarlet and Black has earned three Mountain West Women’s Track Athlete of the Week nods (Henderson, March 28 and May 2; Auzenne, April 25). Henderson, the 2017 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year, was one of two Aztecs to earn All-American honors following the 2017 indoor season (also Auzenne).
Looking ahead to the NCAA West Region Preliminary Round, hosted by the University of Texas May 25-27, the top 48 student-athletes in each individual event and the top 24 relay teams are invited to participate. The top 12 competitors from each individual and relay event at the prelims advance to the 2017 NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships, held in Eugene, Ore., June 7-10.