Women's Track in First at California/Nevada State Championship

April 28, 2001

IRVINE, Calif. - The California women's track and field team is atop the leader board after the first of two days of the eighth-annual California/Nevada State Championship Saturday at Anteater Stadium. The Bears have 29.67 points, while defending champion UCLA is second at 17.67 and Nevada is third with 17 points.

On the men's side, UCLA is the first day leader with 51.33 points, and Cal is not far behind in second with 47. UC Davis is third with 34. Defending champion Fresno State is way back in ninth with three points.

Two seniors accounted for 20 of the Bear women's points with first-place performances. Dana Lawson won the discus with a career-best and NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 173-0, which surpassed her previous PR of 168-2. UCLA's Chaniqua Ross finished second with a throw of 171-4.

Cal's Marielle Schlueter claimed top honors in the 3000mSC with a career-best and NCAA provisional mark of her own (10:44.95). That time also bettered her previous school record of 10:59.38. On Schlueter's heels was UC Davis' Heather Gibson in second at 10:46.80.

The Cal men posted victories in three events on the first day of competition. Junior Bubba McLean won the pole vault (17-1) as the only competitor to clear at least 17 feet. Cal sophomore Robert Kennedy also garnered 10 points towards the team score by defending his meet title in the long jump (25-1.25), and sophomore Vincent Ibia chipped in three points for fifth (23-5.25). Cal senior Garrett Collier and Cal State Northridge's John Dagata tied for first in the hammer with heaves of 195-9 (9 points each).

The steeplechase also was a successful event for the Cal men, as senior Chris Coffee (9:10.30) and sophomore Martin Conrad (PR: 9:13.12) finished fifth and eighth, respectively.

Redshirt freshman Jason Gatewood cleared a PR of 6-9.5 in the high jump to give Cal two points for his seventh-place performance. The rest of the Bears points came from sixth (Rhuben Williams, PR: 165-8) ) and seventh-place finishes (Tony Miranda, 164-11) in the discus.

Also scoring for the Cal women were junior Jennifer Joyce (three points) for finishing sixth in the discus (156-0), junior Lauren Dudugjian (6.33) for tying for second in the high jump (5-5.75) and senior Tiffany Barnett (.33) for tying for eighth in the high jump (5-3.75).

Nearly 800 competitors from 30 universities from the states of California and Nevada wrap up the interstate meet Sunday with only finals on tap. Field events start at 9 a.m., and running events begin at 1 p.m.

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