March 27, 2011
Ajoku won the women's heptathlon for a total of 4,865 points and ahead of second place Ayla Draper by more than 800 points. Ajoku also bettered her previous heptathlon score of 4,590 set at the Big West Multi Events in May of 2010. Masterson took home first in the decathlon and tallied an impressive 7,159 points which could very well land him a spot in the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May. His last decathlon was in March 2009 where he earned 6,463 points at the Sam Adam's Multi Events.
The Westmont Collegiate Classic marked the first decathlon event of the outdoor season and the Gaucho men have showcased their potential with Masterson's win and Codding's personal bests. "The point of this meet was to prepare for later on in the season and gain experience," says assistant coach Javier Olivas. "What was important was to finish strong and healthy and build from there for the rest of the season".
Josh Codding also took part of the men's decathlon and placed third overall with 6,427 total points. Codding set several personal bests in the long jump with his farthest leap measuring 20'6" and the high jump at 6'0.75".
The rest of the men's and women's team will finish up their competition today at the Cal/Nevada Championships in Claremont, Calif.
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