Cal Opens Season at Trojan Invitational

Feb. 26, 2002

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CAL TRAVELS TO TROJAN INVITATIONAL
The California men's and women's track and field teams open the 2002 outdoor season Saturday at the Trojan Invitational at Cromwell Field in Los Angeles. USC hosts the nine-team invitational. Field events begin at 8:30 a.m., with the women's hammer. The first running event is the women's 3000m at 11:40 a.m., and the last event is the men's 4x400m relay at 3:50 p.m.

THE FIELD
The field for the USC Invitational consists of USC, Cal, Long Beach State, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Bakersfield, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Fullerton, San Diego State (women only) and Whittier.

LOOK BACK ON 2001
Last season, the Cal men finished sixth at the Pac-10 Championships and 22nd at the NCAA Championships. Meanwhile, the Bear women took seventh at Pac-10s and tied for 60th at NCAAs.

JOYCE, VANEK, KENNEDY, MCLEAN NAMED CAL CAPTAINS
Seniors Jennifer Joyce, Missy Vanek and Bubba McLean have been named Cal captains, along with junior Robert Kennedy. This is the second-straight season Joyce has been named a captain by her teammates.

BEARS RETURN FIVE NCAA PARTICIPANTS IN 2002
Cal returns five athletes who have NCAA Championship experience. On the men's side, the Bears feature senior Bubba McLean, who earned All-America honors for his fifth-place finish (17-10.5) in the pole vault at the 2001 NCAA Championships. Junior Robert Kennedy didn't compete at NCAAs last season but finished 12th in the long jump in 2001. On the women's side, the Bears return senior Missy Vanek (3rd, heptathlon in 2000) and senior Jennifer Joyce (10th, hammer, 2001). Joyce has competed at NCAAs for three-straight seasons in the hammer, earning All-America honors as a sophomore by taking fourth.

CAL NEWCOMERS TO WATCH THIS YEAR
Both Cal squads are expected to be bolstered by several top true freshmen this season. On the women's side, athletes to watch include Lache Bailey (400m, 800m), Crossley Pinkstaff (javelin), Trinety White (long jump, high jump) and Jennifer Ladouceur (shot put, discus). The Cal men's top freshmen include Randy Fair (200m, 400m), Herman Gill (high jump), Jeremiah Tolbert II (long jump) and Jeff Squires (800m, 1500m).

BEARS HOST FIVE HOME MEETS IN 2002
Cal hosts five home meets this season. The California Invitational is first March 22-23. Defending NCAA men's outdoor team champion Tennesse is slated to compete. The Bears also host the Cal Decathlon/Heptathlon on March 27-28, the Brutus Hamilton Memorial Invitational on April 12-13, the Cal Open on April 27 and the Big Meet on May 4.

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