FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – CSU Bakersfield’s women’s indoor track and field team kicked off the 2017 season on Saturday. The Roadrunners ran, jumped, and hurdled their way through the Lumberjack Team Challenge, hosted by Northern Arizona, with CSUB's freshmen putting on great perfomances in their collegiate debuts.

“Julianne got off to a great start with third place in the pole vault,” said Marcia Mansur-Wentworth. “Falon and the girls did a very good job in the 60 dash. Tricia was also good in the high jump and hurdles. We decided to hold Angel Valdez out of the 3000 today just as a precaution. Overall, I’m pleased with this being just our first meet of the year.”

Freshman Julianne Finch began her collegiate career with a third-place finish in the pole vault. The native of Bakersfield posted a mark of 11-05.75, the second-best mark in CSUB history. The current ‘Runner record holder is Allyson Crosby, who went 12 feet flat in 2002.

Falon Wilson finished 17th of 36 in the 60m dash with a time of 7.86, 0.02 seconds faster than CSUB’s best mark of the season a year ago. Fellow freshman Jazmine Ramey was close behind at 7.94 to place 23rd. Another freshman, Mariah LeSure, posted a time of 8.02 on Saturday in her first collegiate race.

Redshirt senior Marina Emhoff improved her season-best time in the 400m from a year ago by over one second on Saturday. The native of Bakersfield posted a mark of 58.63 to finish 14th overall among 29 student-athletes.

Tricia Cervantes, CSUB’s redshirt senior captain, finished 11th in the long jump (16-00.25) to open the meet. Cervantes went on to tie with teammate Susannah Vera for fifth in the high jump at 5-01.00. The ‘Runner captain, who specializes in the pentathlon, also finished 13th of 21 women in the 60m hurdles at 9.25, close to her PR of 9.21. Wilson was close behind Cervantes at 9.28 while Finch and Vera also recorded sub-10-second times.

Senior Tori Blackmon led the 1 Mile for CSUB with a time of 6:33.91, five seconds off of her PR. Freshman Irma Torres paced the ‘Runners in her first-ever 3000m race, recording a time of 12:00.98. Ramey wrapped up the meet for CSUB by finishing first for the ‘Runners and 16th overall in the 200m with a time of 26.50.

For full results from Saturday's meet, open the linked PDF above. The 'Runner women will be back in action Feb. 3-4 when CSUB returns to Flagstaff for NAU's Mountain T's Invitational.

~GoRunners.com~