By Velia Salazar, Staff Reporter
The 2020 season is underway for CSUDH track and field, as the indoor team competed at the two-day Mountain T’s Invitational, hosted by Northern Arizona from Jan. 31 – Feb. 1 at the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome.
Tia Parrish was the top CSUDH finisher in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.09, followed by Yulinda Sam at 8.17. Maryjane Smith was one of the fastest Toros in the 200 (26.82) and 400 (1:00.26).
On Feb. 14, 10 runners from the team competed on the first day of the Big Meet hosted by Grand Valley State at the Kelly Family Sports Center in Allendale, Michigan.
Smith was the top Toro in the 600 with a time of 1:37.37, an almost four-second improvement from time last season.
Lauryn Jones was the second Toro with a time of 1:45.95.
On Feb. 15, day two of the Big Meet, Parrish was the top finisher for the Toros in the 200 with a season-best time of 27.21.
Smith was the top in the 400 with a season-best of 59.00.
On Feb. 22, the team had their outdoor meet at the Rossi Relays, hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Burns Track Complex.
Parrish was the first Toro finisher in the 100 at 12.79.
The 4×100 relay team of Sam, Smith, Argnae Myers and Parrish combined for a time of 50.88. Smith, Jones, Jasmine McNary, and Lari Smith took ninth place in the 4×800 relay with a time of 10:27.74.
On Feb. 29, Smith won the 800 with a personal record of 2:20.22 during the CSULA Invitational, at the Jesse Owens Track Stadium.
Parrish took third place in the 100 with a time of 12.41. Sam won eighth place with a time of 13.11.
The 4×100 relay team of Kryschiana Pharr, Zakiyaa Nelson, Michelle Pickens, and Samarea Johnson achieved third, crossing the line at 51.04.
The 4×400 relay team of Myers, McNary, Jones, and Smith, also placed third at 4:06.56.
The next meet will be hosted by Stanislaus State at the Warrior Stadium in Turlock on March 7.