Track and Field signs six student-athletes | Sports


Cal State Fullerton Athletics signed six athletes this week, including two college freshmen and four players entering through the transfer portal.

Jayde Charlton is a sprinter who once attended Cal State Sacramento. She earned a first-place finish and set her personal best time in the 200-meter race at the Causeway Classic meet. She clocked a time of 24.35 seconds. Charlton also clocked a personal best 11.96 seconds in the 100-meter race at the Big Sky Conference Championship meet, where she placed seventh.

Jicel Fernandez joins the CSUF after spending time with the San Jose State Spartans. She was a member of the Spartans cross country team and competed in long distance events for their track and field program.

Fernandez’s best performances last season include a first place finish in the 5,000 meter race at the West Coast Relay meet, where she clocked a personal best 17:43.88. She also finished fourth in the mile race at the Cougar Classic Open where she clocked another personal best of 5:14.61.

Tayla Brunger is a sophomore sprinter, transferring from Colorado State University. The New Zealand native set her personal best time in the 400m race at the Doug Max Invitational meet last season, where she finished the race in third place and clocked a time of 57.35 seconds.

Brunger also recorded her personal best time at the Mountain West Championships last May, where she finished the 100-meter race in 11.96 seconds.

The Titans also signed John Clifford, a sophomore sprinter who previously attended Oral Roberts University. Clifford clocked his best times in the 100-meter and 200-meter races at the Oral Roberts Invitational in March, with race times of 10.61 and 21.04 seconds, respectively.

Alyssa Heinlein is a signed freshman from El Dorado Hills, California. A graduate of Oak Ridge High School, she competed in the 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter, 4×100 relay, 4×400 relay and 400 meter hurdles races in track and field.

Maleik Pabon is a freshman from Las Vegas. He graduated from the prestigious Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, where he played football and ran track. In high school, Pabon ran the 100-yard, 200-yard, 400-yard and 4×400 races while also being ranked as a two-star football rookie as a wide receiver, according to 24/7 Sports.

With the next track and field season kicking off in 2023, CSUF has its sights set on the men’s team to triple as Big West champions and the women’s team to win its first conference title since 2017.


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