Cal Men, USC Women Win Fourth-Annual Brutus Hamilton Invitational

April 14, 2001

BERKELEY - The California men's track and field team successfully defended its 2000 Brutus Hamilton Memorial Invitational title Saturday with 152 points at Edwards Stadium. The top-ranked USC women won the women's title with 173 points. The Cal women finished fourth with 123 points.

Stanford finished in second in the men's competition with 144.5 points, while Arizona placed third with 143. On the women's side, the Trojans held off Arizona (165.5) for the title, and Stanford took third with 136 points.

'We did pretty well overall,' said Cal Director of Track and Field Erv Hunt. 'Some athletes did very well. Dana (Lawson) did well in her three events. Reynda (King) jumped well. The shot was a good event for the men. Bolota (Asmerom) and John (Collin) ran good races. The short relays also stood out. The team is showing good progress. We need to get some key people healthy for us.'

Three first-place finishes helped propel the Cal men to its victory. Asmerom held off Stanford's Grant Robinson for first in the 1500m with a time of 3:47.63. The Bears 4x100m relay (Mazur, Kennedy, Wright, Pipersburg) came from behind in the final 50 meters to win the event in a season-best time of 40.56. Freshman Rhuben Williams paced a strong Cal showing in the shot put with a first-place throw of 57-4.75. Cal's Nate DeSomber placed second with a season-best of 55-11, and Amin Nikfar threw a PR of 54-2.75 to finish fourth.

Today's meet also saw Corey Hardin set a new Cal freshman record in the javelin. The Lafayette product placed sixth with a mark of 187-0, surpassing Kevin Kline's (1991) previous Bear frosh record of 184-2. Cal senior John Collin posted a PR of 1:51.89 to finish fourth in the 800m, and freshman Girmay Guangul took about 23 seconds off his previous PR in the 5000m to place second (14:25.10).

Lawson led the Cal women by accounting for 24 points towards the team score. Lawson won the Bear women's only two events -- the shot put (52-1.75) and discus (162-7) -- and placed fourth in the hammer (174-7).yesterday.

'It's her fourth year,' said Hunt. 'She has put in the time. She's a senior and understands what she's doing, and she's good at it. She's really worked hard to get where she is at.'

Lawson wasn't the only Bear to turn in strong performances. Senior Tiffany Barnett posted a second-place finish in the high jump with a PR of 5-10.5, and seniors Maria Lopez and Reynda King took second in the pole vault (12-7.5) and triple jump (40-11), respectively.

It was a day for huge PRs for three Cal freshmen. Kim Ramirez clocked a PR in the 1500m (4:49.90, 12th place), bettering her previous PR of 4:58.30. In the 100mH, Stephanie Cowling ran a wind-aided PR of 14.31, and in the 400mH, Deanna Slaton posted a PR of 61.66 to place third.

The Bears next travel to the Mount SAC Relays, April 20-22, and to the Pomona Pitzer Invitational, April 20.

Stanford finished in second in the men's competition with 144.5 points, while Arizona placed third with 143. On the women's side, the Trojans held off Arizona (165.5) for the title, and Stanford took third with 136 points.

'We did pretty well overall,' said Cal Director of Track and Field Erv Hunt. 'Some athletes did very well. Dana (Lawson) did well in her three events. Reynda (King) jumped well. The shot was a good event for the men. Bolota (Asmerom) and John (Collin) ran good races. The short relays also stood out. The team is showing good progress. We need to get some key people healthy for us.'

Three first-place finishes helped propel the Cal men to its victory. Asmerom held off Stanford's Grant Robinson for first in the 1500m with a time of 3:47.63. The Bears 4x100m relay (Mazur, Kennedy, Wright, Pipersburg) came from behind in the final 50 meters to win the event in a season-best time of 40.56. Freshman Rhuben Williams paced a strong Cal showing in the shot put with a first-place throw of 57-4.75. Cal's Nate DeSomber placed second with a season-best of 55-11, and Amin Nikfar threw a PR of 54-2.75 to finish fourth.

Today's meet also saw Corey Hardin set a new Cal freshman record in the javelin. The Lafayette product placed sixth with a mark of 187-0, surpassing Kevin Kline's (1991) previous Bear frosh record of 184-2. Cal senior John Collin posted a PR of 1:51.89 to finish fourth in the 800m, and freshman Girmay Guangul took about 23 seconds off his previous PR in the 5000m to place second (14:25.10).

Lawson led the Cal women by accounting for 24 points towards the team score. Lawson won the Bear women's only two events -- the shot put (52-1.75) and discus (162-7) -- and placed fourth in the hammer (174-7).yesterday.

'It's her fourth year,' said Hunt. 'She has put in the time. She's a senior and understands what she's doing, and she's good at it. She's really worked hard to get where she is at.'

Lawson wasn't the only Bear to turn in strong performances. Senior Tiffany Barnett posted a second-place finish in the high jump with a PR of 5-10.5, and seniors Maria Lopez and Reynda King took second in the pole vault (12-7.5) and triple jump (40-11), respectively.

It was a day for huge PRs for three Cal freshmen. Kim Ramirez clocked a PR in the 1500m (4:49.90, 12th place), bettering her previous PR of 4:58.30. In the 100mH, Stephanie Cowling ran a wind-aided PR of 14.31, and in the 400mH, Deanna Slaton posted a PR of 61.66 to place third.

The Bears next travel to the Mount SAC Relays, April 20-22, and to the Pomona Pitzer Invitational, April 20.

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