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Track and Field Reaches New Heights

Women’s Indoor Track competes at the NCAA Championship and scores big.

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Junior J’Liyah Miles of Stockton, California.

Junior J’Liyah Miles of Stockton, California.

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Juan J. Palma

Junior J’Liyah Miles of Stockton, California.

Mike Nelson, Staff Reporter

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On March 9 and 10, Cal State LA’s Women’s Indoor Track team competed in the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas. The team won their first All-American awards since 2013. Ashlea Maddex and J’Liyah Miles were the two All-Americans; Maddex spoke on her feelings after clinching the victory:

“The experience was exciting and new for me. I knew I had come there to perform well, but the environment was really cool to be in. The officials were great, and the majority of the competitors were really nice too. Everyone was really focused on performing at a high level.”

Overall, Maddex finished fifth in the finals of 60 hurdles.

J’Liyah Miles also had a great performance at the championships, and secured the second-fastest time in the program’s history with a 7.45 time in the 60 meter hurdle race.

“Overall it was great experience and it was competition at a level I’ve never experienced before; the energy at the meet is unmatched, definitely something I have to experience again,” said Miles.

The track and field team ended up with eight points, placing twenty-fourth in the nation.

Tina Fernandes, Cal State LA Track and Field Head Coach, shared her thoughts on the team’s successful day at the championships:

“The key is having dedicated coaches, staff, team and supportive administrators that believe in our student-athletes abilities. We all work long hours to ensure individual coaching which allows our student-athletes the flexibility to also focus both their sport and academics.”

Fernandes also talked about how proud she was of the 2018 Women’s Indoor Track Team:

“I am very proud of our 2018 Women’s Track and Field Team indoor squad, because they are developing a great work ethic.  Indoor is always tough because we do not have an indoor track to practice on and also have limited number of student-athletes that we can travel.”

Despite the challenges, the team came together and represented Cal State LA.

“Our goal is always to graduate and to win as many titles as possible, so I believe this is possible with continued support and dedication from everyone.”

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