| Desirae Gonder
NORTHRIDGE - 2011
Desirae Gonder concluded her Matador career at the NCAA Preliminary Round in the high jump, long jump and 4x400 relay ... wound up 24th in the high jump (5-5) and 42nd in the long jump (18-1) ... the 4x400 relay team went on to finish 18th in a time of 3:42.59 ... had another spectacular Big West Championship meet that saw her win the high jump, finish second in the long jump, third in the heptathlon and eighth in the 100 meter hurdles ... also was part of the conference champion 4x400 relay team as well as the runner-up 4x100 relay ... won the Big West high jump with a top clearance of 5-10 (1.78) and then jumped a career-best 19-7.50 (5.98) to tie with teammate Sherrina Lofton for second ... scored 5,109 points in the Big West heptathlon after posting a season-best 5,294 to finish seventh at the prestigious Texas Relays ... finished third in the pentathlon at the MPSF Indoor Championships after scoring a career-best 3,802 points which ranks third all-time at Cal State Northridge ... posted season-bests in the high jump (5-9.25), long jump (18-3) and 800 meters (2:22.66).
Gonder made her second appearance at the NCAA Championships and first in the heptathlon ... went on the finish 17th with 5,170 points ... earned her third trip to the NCAA West Region Championships as a member of Northridge's 4x100 and 4x400 relays ... the 4x400 relay ran 3:37.29 to grab the 12th and final qualifying spot for the NCAA Championships ... the 4x100 relay ran 45.66 to place 21st in the prelims ... was named Big West Women's Field Athlete of the Year after scoring 34 points by herself as Matador women won their fifth straight Big West title ... finished second in the heptathlon with a lifetime-best 5,512 points, put up a third place finish in the high jump with a season-best effort of 5-10.75 (1.80) and was also third in the long jump at 19-05.25 (5.92). In addition to her performance in the field events, she also ran the 200 meters, 100 meter hurdles and was part of the conference champion 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams ... ran new personal-best of 14.07 in the 100 hurdles at the conference championships ... ran season-bests of 24.32 in the 200 and 2:17.79 in the 800 during the heptathlon ... did not compete during the indoor season.
Finished fourth in the high jump at the MPSF Indoor Championships after clearing a height of 5-8.50 (1.74) ... jumped an indoor season-best 5-10.50 (1.79) to finish tied for second at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. (Feb. 14) ... redshirted the 2009 outdoor season for the Matadors.
Became the first Northridge woman to earn All-America honors since Carol Stevenson in 2004 ... was also named USTFCCCA All-West Region ... finished fourth in the high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa after jumping 6-0 (1.83) ... went on to finish 17th at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. after jumping 5-10.50 (1.79) ... was selected to compete for the U.S. at the 2008 NACAC Under 23 Track & Field Championships in Toluca, Mexico but did not compete ... placed fourth at the NCAA West Regional in Northridge after clearing 5-9.25 (1.76) ... battled with Cal Poly's Sharon Day and wound up finishing second in the Big West after jumping a career-best 6-0.50 (1.84) to Day's 6-4.75 (1.95) ... also posted a Northridge team-best 5,203 points to finish second in the Big West heptathlon ... also ran the third leg of the Matadors 4x400 relay team that finished fourth in a season-best time of 3:37.78 ... qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the high jump where she finished 14th with a height of 5-8.75 (1.75) ... placed fourth at the MPSF Indoor Championships with a leap of 5-10 (1.78) ... posted an indoor lifetime-best of 5-11.50 (1.82) to finish second at the UW Invitational in Seattle, Wash.
Had an impressive freshman season that saw her qualify for the high jump at the NCAA West Regional ... finished eighth with a career-best height of 5-9.25 which is a Cal State Northridge freshman record and ranks fifth on the career list ... placed third at the Big West Championships with a height of 5-8.75 which helped the Matadors to their second consecutive women's title ... finished fourth in the Big West heptathlon with 4,860 points, the second-best freshman total in Northridge history ... finished second in the high jump at the WAC Indoor Championships with a height of 5-8.25 ... her mark is the second-best high jump in the Northridge indoor record books ... also finished eighth in the long jump at the WAC Championships with a season-best 19-0.
STOCKDALE HIGH SCHOOL
Competed in track, basketball and volleyball at Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, Calif. ... was a four-time All-Area selection in track as jumper from 2003 through 2006 ... also earned All-SW Yosemite League accolades all four years ... the Mustangs won a SW Yosemite League championship in track & field ... was an outside hitter for the Mustangs volleyball team and a guard for the basketball team ... graduated in 2006 with a 3.0 grade point average.
Born June 12, 1988 in Fairfield, Calif. ... parents are Doreen and Mark Gonder ... has one older brother, Mark Jr. and one younger sister, Sharena ... favorites include "America's Top Model", the movie "Four Brothers" and pepperoni pizza ... says Olympian Allyson Felix is the best athlete she has run against ... says the best thing about being an athlete is traveling and competing ... major is Finance and Real Estate.