Track and Field Hosts Pac-10 Championships at Edwards Stadium

May 14, 2001

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BEARS HOSTS PAC-10 TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cal hosts the main portion of the Pac-10 Championships Sat.-Sun., May 19-20, at Edwards Stadium. The Golden Bears last hosted the conference meet in 1993. Field events begin Saturday at 11 a.m., with the M-hammer, and track events get started at 1 p.m., with qualifying for the W-4x100m relay at 1 p.m. The men's 10,000m is last on the docket at 6:15 p.m. Competition begins Sunday at 9:30 a.m., with the W-hammer. The first track event is the final of the W-4x100m relay at 1 p.m., and the championship concludes with the M-4x400m relay at 4:25 p.m. Coaches have until noon Wednesday to declare their entries for the meet.

CAL HISTORY AT THE PAC-10 MEET
In 2000 in Eugene, Ore., Cal placed eighth for the fourth-consecutive year on the men's side, posting 68 points after scoring 59.5 in 1999. The Bear women improved upon 1999's ninth-place finish (41 points), taking eighth with 56 points in 2000. Since the Pac-10 championship for men's track & field began in 1979, Cal's highest finish has been second in 1985. The Pac-10 meet for women began in 1987, and the Bears best showing was third in 1995. When Pac-10s were last held in Berkeley in 1993, the Cal men placed fourth and the women took ninth.

BEAR MEN TO WATCH AT PAC-10S
Perhaps Cal's best shot at winning an individual title at Pac-10s falls on the shoulders of senior distance runner Bolota Asmerom. He has the top time in the league and third-fastest time in the nation in the 5000m (13:31.88) and third-best time in the league in the 1500m (3:42.73). Sophomore Robert Kennedy was the runner-up last year in the long jump with a PR of 25-9.25w and ranks second in the Pac-10 this year (25-4w). Also keep an eye on junior Bubba McLean, who is tied for fourth in the Pac-10 in the pole vault (17-4.5), and freshman Rhuben Williams, who is fourth in the shot put at 60-9.25, which is the Cal freshman record.

JOYCE, LAWSON - ROOMMATES TO WATCH AT PAC-10S
Cal throwers Dana Lawson and Jennifer Joyce, who are roommates, are expected to be standout performers at the Pac-10 Championships. Lawson, a senior, has set PRs in all three of her events this year and is among the conference's best in the shot put (3rd, 53-7.5i), discus (3rd, 173-0) and hammer (9th, 189-11). Nationally, she ranks tied for fifth in the shot put and ninth in the discus. At the 2000 Pac-10 meet, Lawson contribued nine points to the Cal team total, finishing fourth in the shot put (49-7.25) and seventh in both the discus (159-1) and the hammer (182-3). Joyce, a junior, was the Pac-10 runner-up in the hammer the last two years and finished fourth in the event at the 2000 NCAA meet. This season, she ranks third in the conference and tied for seventh nationally with a throw of 203-8.

CAL'S ADKINS 4TH IN HEPTATHLON, BLAIR 6TH IN DECATHLON
Cal's four-year reign as Pac-10 decathlon champion came to an end over the weekend. Junior Matt Blair finished sixth (7099) for the second-straight year. While Blair was somewhat disappointed with his finish, junior Shawna Adkins placed fourth in the heptathlon with a PR of 5050 points in only her second-ever hepathlon competition.

MODESTO RELAYS AND STANFORD QUALIFER TIDBITS
Cal's top shot putters, Dana Lawson (53-6) and Rhuben Williams (60-9.25), each posted outdoor PRs at the Modesto Relays, May 12. At the Stanford Qualifier, May 13, Bear senior John Collin won his heat of the 1500m (3:46.48).

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