Track and Field Hosts UCLA, UW, WSU in Outdoor Opener

March 12, 2001

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CAL HOSTS THREE PAC-10 TEAMS IN OUTDOOR OPENER
California opens the 2001 outdoor season at home Saturday, March 21, at Edwards Stadium against UCLA, Washington and Washington State. Competition begins with the men's hammer at 9:30 a.m. The first running event is the women's 5000m at 12:30 p.m., with the last events being the 4x400m relays at 4:05 p.m. Last year in Los Angeles, the Cal men defeated UCLA, 99.5-97.5, and lost to UW, 100-99. The Cal women tied UW, 91.5-91.5 and lost to UCLA, 116-70.

SCORING FOR THE CAL QUADRANGULAR
The meet will be scored four ways and as double-duals. The four-way scoring is 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for individual events and 9-7-6-5 for relays. Traditional 5-3-1 and 5-0 dual meet scores will be utilized.

LAWSON TAKES THIRD IN SHOT PUT AT NCAA INDOORS
California senior Dana Lawson placed third in the shot put as the Bears only competitor at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship March 9 in Fayetteville, Ark. She earned All-America honors and six points toward the team competition for her career-best throw of 53-7.5. UCLA's Christina Tolson won the shot put with a throw of 55-9.75, and Clemson's Jamine Moton took second with a heave of 53-8.5. Lawson now ranks second all-time at Cal in the shot put behind Kristin Heaston's (1999) 54-4.75.

JOYCE, LAWSON, BODDY, COLLIER NAMED CAL CAPTAINS
Seniors Dana Lawson and Wayne Boddy have been named Cal captains for the second-straight year. Senior Garrett Collier and junior Jennifer Joyce will also serve as captains for the 2001 season.

BEARS RETURN FIVE NCAA QUALIFIERS IN 2001
Cal returns five athletes who competed at the 2000 NCAA Championship. On the men's side, the Bears feature senior Bolota Asmerom (10th, 5000m) and sophomore Robert Kennedy (12th, long jump). On the women's side, the Bears return three NCAA scorers - senior Missy Vanek (3rd, heptathlon), senior Maria Lopez (8th, pole vault) and junior Jennifer Joyce (4th, hammer). Vanek is expected to redshirt the 2001 season due to a stress fracture in her back.

CAL NEWCOMERS TO WATCH THIS YEAR
Both Cal squads are expected to be bolstered by several top freshmen newcomers this season. On the women's side, athletes to watch include Stephanie Cowling (hurdles), Jenna Johnson (shot put, discus) and Deanna Slaton (middle distances and hurdles). Cowling's father, Larry, competed in track & field at Cal and has held since 1982 the school records in the 110mH (13.39) and the 400mH (48.46). The Cal men's top freshmen include Tony Miranda (shot put, discus), Rhuben Williams (SP, discus, hammer) and Ricci Dula (100m, 200m).

BEARS HOST TWO MORE HOME MEETS
Cal hosts two more home meets this season. The Brutus Hamilton Memorial Invite is next, April 13-14, with the grand finale being the Pac-10 Championship, May 19-20 (multis May 12-13).

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