Track and Field Travels to California-Nevada State Championship

April 23, 2001

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BEARS TRAVEL TO CALIFORNIA-NEVADA STATE MEET
California competes at the eighth-annual California-Nevada State Championship at UC Irvine Sat.-Sun., April 28-29. Nearly 800 competitors from over 30 universities are expected to compete at Anteater Stadium. Saturday's action begins with field events at 9 a.m. and the first running event at 11 a.m. There are trials and finals in eight field events Saturday, while the running events consist mainly of prelims. Field events begin at 9 a.m., Sunday with the first running event at 1 p.m. All of Sunday's events are finals.

2000 CAL-NEVADA MEET IN REVIEW
Both Cal's men's and women's teams finished second at last year's California-Nevada State Championship in Berkeley. The men's team competition came down to the final event - the 4x400m Relay - with Fresno State winning the meet with 87 points and Cal second with 85. UCLA is the defending women's champion, holding off Cal 114-86 a year ago. Cal sophomore Robert Kennedy is the returning champion in the long jump (24-10), and senior Maria Lopez looks to repeat in the pole vault (13-0.25).

ASMEROM SETS CAL RECORD IN 5000M AT MT. SAC RELAYS
For the second-straight year, senior Bolota Asmerom set the school record in the 5000m at the Mt. SAC Relays. Over the weekend, Asmerom broke his previous school record of 13:32.48 with a second-place finish (NCAA automatic time: 13:31.88) in Walnut, Calif. This was the 2000 Olympian's first 5000m run of the 2001 track and field season and is the fastest time in the Pac-10 this year and probably the second fastest in the nation.

WILLIAMS BECOMES FIRST CAL FROSH TO QUALIFY FOR NCAAS
Rhuben William is the only Cal freshman to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championship this season. Williams finished fifth at the Mt. SAC Relays in the University/Open division with a heave of 59-1.5 with the NCAA provisional standard being 58-4.75. That mark also surpassed the previous Cal freshman record of 58-8 set by David Porath in 1979. Williams came to Cal after winning state titles in the shot put in 1999 and 2000 at Eagle Rock High School in Los Angeles. Earlier this year, Jenna Johnson (shot put) and Corey Hardin (javelin) set Cal freshmen records.

PRS ABOUND FOR BEARS AT MT. SAC, WOODY WILSON
Cal split its squads over the weekend sending athletes to the Mt. SAC Relays and the Woody Wilson Invitational in Davis. Both groups posted numerous PRs. The highlights for the men came from three seniors -- John Collin in the 1500m (3:46.44), Chris Coffee in the 3000mSC (9:06.15) and Phillip Pipersburg in the 200m (21.43w). On the women's side, senior Tiffany Barnett cleared a PR of 5-10 in the high jump, freshman Kim Ramirez PR'd in the 800m (2:15.39), and redshirt freshman Jennifer Ramos improved by almost 16 feet in the javelin (117-1).

CAL LEADERS IN THE PAC-10
California's top hopefuls at this year's Pac-10 Championship in Berkeley based on the April 23 top times/marks league report include: Bolota Asmerom (1st, 5000), Bubba McLean (3rd, pole vault), Robert Kennedy (2nd, long jump), Garrett Collier (3rd, hammer), Matt Blair (3rd, decathlon), Tiffany Barneet (4th, high jump), Reynda King (2nd, triple jump), Dana Lawson (3rd, shot put) and Jennifer Joyce (4th, hammer).

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