Track and Field Travels to Texas Relays

April 3, 2001

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BEARS TRAVEL TO TEXAS RELAYS
California makes a rare appearance at the Texas Relays, Wed.-Sat., April 4-7. This year marks the 74th running of the Texas Relays, which attracts colleges throughout the country and local high schools. Wednesday features the first day of the multi-event competitions which the Bears aren't competing in. The multi-events wrap up Thursday, and the first individual event - the women's hammer - takes place at 2 p.m. The bulk of the events are slated for Friday (9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m.-4:25 p.m.).

BEARS BACK AT TEXAS RELAYS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE '97
The last time Cal competed at the Texas Relays was in 1997. Only fifth-year seniors on the 2001 Bear team could have competed that long ago, but none of them participated in the Texas Relays that year. Elissa Riedy came away with Cal's only first-place finish a the 1997 Texas Relays, winning the 1500 meters in 4:23.97.

STANFORD INVITATIONAL IN REVIEW
California spent last weekend at another large track and field meet - the Stanford Invitational. Two NCAA provisional performances were turned in by the Golden Bears. Senior Dana Lawson threw a PR and NCAA provisonal mark of 168-2 to finish third in the discus. Lawson's new PR keeps her in fifth on Cal's performers' list. Senior Bolota placed fourth in the 1500m with an NCAA provisional time of 3:42.73. Also of note for the Bears, sophomore Vincent Ibia won the triple jump with a mark of 49-4.25, and junior Jennifer Joyce took top honors in the hammer with a throw of 189-11. Ibia also placed second in the long jump with a PR of 24-9.75.

BLAIR 1ST IN DECATHLON, ADKINS 2ND IN HEPT. AT DAVIS
California junior Matt Blair won the decathlon with a personal-best 7208 points at the UC Davis Multi-Event meet March 29-30. Blair, who moved from 10th to ninth all-time in the decathlon at Cal, posted his previous PR of 7008 points finishing sixth at 2000 Pac-10s. Bear junior Shawna Adkins finished second in her first ever heptathlon and qualified for the Pac-10 meet with 5000 points. Blair finished ahead of two Chico State athletes and provisionally qualified for NCAAs. J.J. Noble, who led after the first day, was second with 6975 points, while teammate Erick Knight was third with 6970. Brook Wilson, who was competing unattached, won the heptathlon with 5100 points.

BRUTUS HAMILTON INVITATIONAL UP NEXT
Cal hosts the fourth-annual Brutus Hamilton Invitational Friday-Saturday, April 13-14 at Edwards Stadium. The eight-team field consists of Cal, Stanford, Arizona, USC, Ohio State, Sacramento State, UC Davis and Nevada (women). The hammer is contested Friday beginning at 2 p.m. Field events begin Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Running events start at 11 a.m.

DID YOU KNOW?
Cal freshman hurdler Deana Slaton is not the only athletic star of her family. Slaton's sister, Danielle, plays soccer at Santa Clara University and was a member of the 2000 US. Olympic soccer team.

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