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Getting It Right At Twilight

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Cheri Smith was one of five Cougars who posted NAIA qualifying marks in men's and women's throwing events Friday at the Titan Twilight Open in Fullerton.

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Published
March 30, 2012
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Joe Reinsch
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FULLERTON, Calif. -- A trio of qualifiers in the women’s hammer throw highlighted a solid performance for Azusa Pacific’s track & field team at Friday’s Titan Twilight Open hosted by Cal State Fullerton.

Jordan Robusto, Cheri Smith, and Lauren Orris represented half of the qualifying marks posted by the Cougars on the women’s side, while Remontay McClain and Cedrique Smith each qualified in two events to lead the men’s performances.

Robusto registered an “A” mark with a throw of 170-feet, 11-inches, while Smith went 160-feet and Orris tallied 154-feet, 11-inches to meet the NAIA’s “B” qualifying standard. The other three women’s qualifiers were all “B” marks, with Breanna Leslie posting a time of 12.23 in the 100-meter dash while Diandra Carstensen ran the 1500 meters in 4:41.40. Also registering a mark was the Cougars’ 4x100 meter relay team, which recorded a 48.22.

Six of the nine men’s qualifying marks met the “A” standard, including both of McClain’s qualifying times in the 100 meters (10.50) and the 200 meters (21.30). McClain finished second in the 100 meters to unattached sprinter Mickey Grimes, who he squared off with several times in 60 meter races during indoor season earlier this year. He won the 200 easily, beating second-place finisher Davelle Sanders by over four-tenths of a second.

Smith registered a “B” mark (54.26) in the 400 meter hurdles, along with Kyle Clark, who ran a 54.38 to also qualify for the “B” standard. Smith won his heat of the 110-meter hurdles with an “A” qualifier of 14.42, a heat that initially included former Azusa Pacific hurdler Dominique DeGrammont. However, one set of hurdles was improperly placed, so after DeGrammont initially edged out Smith, the heat had to run again. DeGrammont was disqualified with a false start, and on the third start of their heat, Smith ran his winning time of 14.42, finishing ahead of runner-up Javen Correia, who hit the exact “A” qualifying standard of 14.75.

The Cougars also qualified with “A” marks in a pair of throwing events. Brad Beckwith’s opening throw of the discus registered 164-feet, 9-inches, and David Musson threw the javelin 214-feet, 11-inches. Beckwith’s mark ranks second in the NAIA at this point in the outdoor season, while Musson’s is the NAIA’s best mark in the javelin so far.

The final qualifier for Azusa Pacific’s men’s team was Abednego Magut’s “B” qualifying time of 3:56.28 in the 1500 meters.

The Cougars will compete at next week’s Stanford Invitational, one of two more upcoming meets before Azusa Pacific hosts the Bryan Clay Invitational and the GSAC Track & Field Championships on consecutive weekends in April.