Track and Field Has a Busy Week of Competition
May 6, 2001
BEARS SPREAD OUT AMONG THREE MEETS
Cal competes at three competitions in the final week for athletes to qualify for the Pac-10 Championship. Most of the Golden Bears head to the 60th-annual Modesto Relays, Sat., May 12. A handful of athletes also are at the Stanford Qualifier Friday. Cal juniors Matt Blair and Shawn Adkins vie for the Pac-10 decathlon and heptathlon titles at home at Edwards Stadium, May 12-13. Competition begins each day at 11 a.m.
CAL AMONG CONFERENCE BEST IN MULTI-EVENT HISTORY
The Bears have dominated the Pac-10 multi events in recent memory. They have won the last four conference decathlon crowns (1997 and 1998 - Ross Bomben - 1999 and 2000 (7890) - Bevan Hart.) Last year, Missy Vanek claimed the heptathlon title (5505) for Cal. In 1993, Chris Huffins won Cal's first Pac-10 decathlon title. Hart has graduated and Vanek is redshirting this season with a stress fracture in her back. Blair and Adkins are the Bears top hopefuls this year. Blair ranks third in the league with a PR of 7208, while Adkins is sixth with a total of 5000 points in the only helptathlon of her career. Last year, Blair finished sixth at the Pac-10 Championship with 7008 points. The favorites at this year's meet are UO's Santiago Lorenzo (7,726) and UCLA's Michelle Perry (5657).
BEARS COME UP SHORT AT BIG MEET
For the first time since 1997, Stanford swept Cal in both the men's and women's team races at the annual Big Meet. In the 107th men's Big Meet, the Cardinal nipped the Bears, 82-81, for the closest Big Meet victory since the Bears defeted the Cardinal by the same score in 1988. Stanford clinched the dual meet with second- and third-place finishes in the triple jump. The Bears greatly felt the injury absence of junior Jerriod Mack in the long and triple jumps. The Cal men still hold a 63-43-2 series lead. The Cardinal women defeated the Bears, 101.5-60.5, to improve their all-time edge to 12-10.
LOPEZ BREAKS HER OWN CAL RECORD IN THE POLE VAULT
One of the highlights for the Cal women at the Big Meet was senior Maria Lopez winning the pole vault with a school record clearance of 13-2.5. That mark broke Lopez's previous school record of 13-1.5, which earned her All-America honors at last year's NCAA Championship.
BERRO, ADKINS TURN IN HUGE PRS AT BIG MEET
Sophomore Joe Berro and junior Shawna Adkins turned in perhaps the biggest PRs of the day for the Bears at the Big Meet. Berro placed third in the javelin with a mark of 197-0, bettering his previous PR by almost 16 feet (181-11) and ranking him eighth all-time at Cal, ahead of Huffins (193-8). Adkins also had a huge PR in her fourth-place finish in the javelin of 131-11, which improved upon her previous best of 121-1. Adkins also took third in the long jump with a PR of 18-10w, improving upon her old best mark of 18-6.5.
NEWS OF NOTE
Cal has three automatic NCAA qualifiers this year and 11 provisional qualifiers...Reynda King has provisionally qualifeid for NCAAs in the triple jump but will likely not compete the rest of the season after tearing her hamstring at the California-Nevada State Championship...the Bears have set two school records this year, the women's pole vault (Lopez) and the men's 5000m (Asmerom).