Men's and Women's Track and Field Travel to UC Davis

March 19, 2001

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CAL COMPETES AT UC DAVIS INVITATIONAL
After opening the outdoor season at home last weekend, the California men's and women's track and field teams travel to the UC Davis Invitational Saturday, March 24. Field events kick off at 10 a.m., with the women's hammer. The final field event of the day is the women's triple jump at 2:30 p.m. The first running event of the day is the women's 4x100m relay at noon. Running events are expected to wrap up with the long relays at 3:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE DAVIS MEET
In addition to the host UC Davis Aggies, Cal, Washington, Nevada (women only) and Chico State (men) are slated to compete this weekend. The meet will be scored.

BEARS FINISH THIRD AT CAL QUADRANGULAR
California isn't hosting the Pac-10 Track and Field Championship until May, but Bay Area track and field fans were treated to gorgeous weather and a partial preview of the conference meet Saturday. The Golden Bears hosted UCLA, Washington and Washington State in its outdoor opener Saturday at Edwards Stadium with the Bruins taking top honors in the men's competition with 213.5 points, followed by Washington State (181), Cal (154.5) and Washington (123). On the women's side, Washington State finished first with 203 points, edging UCLA (200), which won the NCAA indoor team title a week ago. The Bears finished third with 149 points, ahead of UW which had 121.

FOUR BEARS WIN EVENTS AT HOME OPENER
The Bears claimed top honors in four events at their season opener at Edwards Stadium. Senior Garrett Collier got the meet off to a strong start for Cal by winning the hammer with a heave of 198-4. Sophomore Robert Kennedy, who finished second in the long jump at Pac-10s as a freshman, won the event today with a jump of 24-11.25. Junior Shawna Adkins won the triple jump with a PR of 40-8.25, just ahead of her senior teammate Reynda King (40-7.75). Senior Dana Lawson had perhaps the most productive day for the Bears, finishing first in the discus (164-4), second in the shot put with an NCAA provisional mark (49-9.25) and fourth in the hammer (181-8).

PRS GALORE AT CAL QUADRANGULAR
Many Cal athletes turned in personal-best performances in the season opener, but two Bear distance runners stood out because they shattered their previous PRs. Junior Corey Creasey placed third in the 5000m (4:25.02), bettering his previous best of 14:39.31. Senior Chris Coffee clocked a 9:09.65 to finish fifth in the 3000mSC, which was almost eight seconds better than his old career-best of 9:17.39. Other Cal PRs included: Matt Blair in the pole vault (15-5) and javelin (170-6), Ahmad Wright in the 110mH (15.08) and Shavone Jennings in the 400m (55.39).

TOP PERFORMANCES BY NEWCOMERS
Cal's men's and women's rosters are filled with many talented newcomers to the program. Two of the best performances by Golden Bear freshmen over the weekend came from Deanna Slaton and Rhuben Williams. Slaton finished third in the 400mH (61.95) and ran a leg of Cal's 4x400m relay, which clocked in faster (3:44.48) than any Cal women's long relay did last season. Williams took fourth in the hammer (173-7), fifth in the shot put (54-2.5) and seventh in the discus (161-5).

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