PUEBLO, Colo. — Cal State Los Angeles’ men’s and women’s track and field teams enjoyed an All-American day during the second day of competition at the Division II Track and Field Championships.
The highlight was a national championship in the discus by Calista Lyon and the Golden Eagles finished the day with a total of four All-America awards after Lyon was joined by Samantha Gutierrez, Tuekeha Huntley and Julius Joseph.
Lyon, the national leader in the discus entering the meet, won her speciality in a tight battle with Sam Lockhart of Grand Valley State. Lyon’s winning throw of 179-6 edged Lockhart’s best of 179-2. Lyon got her winning effort in her fourth throw.
Lyon becomes the first outdoor track and field national champion for Cal State L.A. since Nicole Duncan in 2002. She becomes the first Cal State L.A. champion in the discus since Petra Juraskova in 1996.
Gutierrez became an All-American after finishing seventh in the discus with a throw of 153-1. She got her All-American mark on her fourth throw of the competition. She had entered the championships with the 10th-best throw in the nation.
Huntley earned her third All-America award in the heptathlon to start the day for the Golden Eagles at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl, while Joseph earned his first All-America honor later in the men’s discus. Both Huntley and Joseph finished in eighth place in their respective events. The top eight in each event earn All-America honors.
Huntley finished strongly in the final three events of the heptathlon on Friday to solidify her third consecutive All-America award. She had marks of 17-11.75 in the long jump (694 points), 104-00 in the javelin (509 points) and 2:25.93 in the 800 meters (750 points) to secure eighth place with a season’s best of 4,915 points. Huntley was 12th after the first four events on Thursday.
Lindsay Lettow of Central Missouri won the heptathlon with 5,748 points, while teammate Erin Alewine was second with 5,371 points.
Huntley finishes her Cal State L.A. career with five All-America awards, three in the heptathlon in outdoor track and field and two in the pentathlon in indoor track and field. Huntley was seventh in the country last year in the hepathlon and eighth in 2010 when she set a new program record for the event with a total of 5,126 points.