HENDERSON'S 100-METER DASH VICTORY HIGHLIGHTS STRONG DAY FOR AZTEC TRACK & FIELD

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SDSU had 11 top-three finishers splitting squads in Philadelphia and Irvine, Calif.

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April 29, 2017 (Philadelphia/Irvine) - Junior Ashley Henderson won the 100-meter dash at the prestigious Penn Relays to highlight San Diego State track & field’s day competing on both the West and East Coasts.

Splitting squads this weekend at the Penn Relays and UC Irvine’s Adidas/Steve Scott Invitational, San Diego State had a total of 11 top-three finishers, including two individual event champions (Bonnie Draxler, Steve Scott Invitational pole vault; Henderson, Penn Relays 100-meter dash) and the Penn Relays shuttle hurdles championship.

Following a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash heats yesterday, Henderson narrowly edged Jonielle Smith of Auburn by .01 second to win the 100-meter dash championship, crossing the finish line in 11.13.

"I had a late surge,” Henderson said, “but I'm really good at catching (the other runners) as I continue to turn over and over. Once I decide this, then I just keep being powerful, and keep turning over.”

The Aztecs secured two of the top four spots in the 100-meter hurdles, with senior Micha Auzenne taking second (13.37) and sophomore Sierra Brabham-Lawrence finishing fourth (13.68).

The Scarlet and Black capped a successful showing of its relay teams in the 4x200 Championship of America Invitational, with seniors Starlynn Singleton and Tyra Lea, sophomore Lisa-Anne Barrow and junior Rochene Smith recording the sixth fastest mark in program history at 1:35.99 to place sixth.

At the Adidas/Steve Scott Invitational, both Aztec competitors in the 200-meter dash raced to collegiate bests. Sophomore Lakin Hatcher finished the race in 24.53 for 27th and junior Jasmine Young crossed the finish line in 26.38 for 53rd. Hatcher also competed in the 400, taking 15th with a 56.80 time.

Placing in the top-10 of their respective events were senior Madison Gipson at seventh in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.60) and sophomore Anushi Desai in the discus throw (153-04.00).

In the 1,500 meters, junior Lily Seynaeve recorded a collegiate-best time of 4:43.44 to place 29th.  Also competing in the event was junior Cassidy Towner (4:47.50, 41st), and seniors Elaine Ribeiro (4:59.19, 65th), Angel Bucci (5:03.13, 69th) and Cali King (5:17.98, 85th).

The 800 meters saw sophomore Angela Wilson clock in at a season-best 2:12.84 for 12th, while junior Cindy Flores was 23rd (2:16.03).

San Diego State competes in its final meet of the regular season on Sat., May 6 at the Oxy Invitational in Los Angeles.

Penn Relays

April 27-29, 2017

Philadelphia, Pa.

Team Results

NTS

Individual Results (SDSU and winner of each event only)

College Women’s 100 Meters Championship (out of 9 entrants)

1. Ashley Henderson (SDSU) – 11.13

College Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles (Heats) (out of 9 entrants)

1. Alaysha Johnson (SDSU) – 12.88

2. Micha Auzenne (SDSU) – 13.37

4. Sierra Brabham-Lawrence (SDSU) – 13.68

College Women’s 4x200 Championship of America Invitational (out of 9 entrants)

1. South Carolina (Holmes, Brockington, Sanders, Dendy) – 1:33.79

6. San Diego State (Singleton, Lea, Barrow, Smith) - 1:35.99 (No. 6 all-time)

Adidas/Steve Scott Invitational

April 28-29, 2017

Irvine, Calif.

Team Results

NTS

Individual Results (SDSU and winner of each event only)

Women’s 200 Meters (out of 70 entrants)

1. Alexis Faulknor (unattached) – 23.57

27. Lakin Hatcher (SDSU) – 24.53 (PR)

53. Jasmine Young (SDSU) – 26.38 (PR)

Women’s 400 Meters (out of 25 entrants)

1. Ciara Short (unattached) – 53.97

15. Lakin Hatcher (SDSU) – 56.80

Women’s 800 Meters (out of 58 entrants)

1. Jamie Morrissey (MICH) – 2:06.63

12. Angela Wilson (SDSU) – 2:12.84 (SB)

23. Cindy Flores (SDSU) – 2:16.03

Women’s 1,500 Meters (out of 102 entrants)

1. Makenna Smith (Cal Coast Track Club) – 4:21.79

29. Lily Seynaeve (SDSU) – 4:43.44 (PR)

41. Cassidy Towner (SDSU) – 4:47.50

65. Elaine Ribeiro (SDSU) – 4:59.19

69. Angel Bucci (SDSU) – 5:03.13

85. Cali King (SDSU) – 5:17.98

Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles (out of 22 entrants)

1. Ianna Woodruff (HurdleMechanic) – 57.99

7. Madison Gipson (SDSU) – 1:03.60

Women’s High Jump (out of 22 entrants)

1. Kaysee Pilgrim (UNLV) – 6-01.00

13. Hannah Taylor (SDSU) – 5-02.75

Women’s Discus Throw (out of 27 entrants)

1. Liz Podominick (unattached) – 193-02.25

9. Anushi Desai (SDSU) – 153-04.00

Penn Relays results

Steve Scott Invitational results


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