Dan O'Brien Headlines Cal Multi-Event Meet, Bears Travel to Stanford Invite
March 25, 2002
CAL HOSTS MULTIS MEET, TRAVEL TO STANFORD INVITE:
The California men's and women's track and field teams have a busy week ahead of them. Dan O'Brien, the 1996 Olympic decathlon gold medalist, headlines the national-caliber Cal Multi-Event meet, Wed.-Thur., March 27-28, at Edwards Stadium. Competition runs from 9:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m., on Wednesday and 9 a.m.-5:20 p.m., on Thursday. March 29-30, Cal competes at the Stanford Invitational. Events are scheduled from 1 p.m.-10:10 p.m., on Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m., on Saturday. Thousands of high school, collegite and professional athletes are slated to compete.
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O'Brien, competing for Nike Track Club, is slated to only compete in the field events. Cal senior Shawna Adkins, who finished fourth in the heptathlon at the 2001 Pac-10 meet, is the Bears only competitor due to injuries to four other multi-event athletes. Cal All-American Missy Vanek (hamstring injury) may try to compete in one or two events. Other top participants include Nike's Phil McMullen, US Army's and Cal alum Bevan Hart (2000 NCAA champion in the decathlete), WSU's Ellannee Richardson (2001 Pac-10 heptathlon champion) and Beach Track Club's Robin Unger.
BEAR WOMEN WIN CAL INVITE, MEN FOURTH:
The Cal women's team opened its home season by winning the Cal Invitational with 179 points Saturday at Edwards Stadium. Top-ranked Tennessee easily won the men's competition with 227.5 points. The Golden Bear men placed fourth with 102. The Bear women won eight events, including six of eight field events, and utilized 21 season-best performances to catapult them to the victory. The Cal men have been hit hard by injuries this year, including likely season-ending injuries to junior Robert Kennedy (hamstring) and sophomore Rhuben Williams (tendonitis, ligament damage to hand). Both athletes have NCAA experience. Senior Corey Creasey won the 5000m in a season-best 14:40.24 and was the only Bear male to win an event.
THREE NCAA PROVIS. MARKS POSTED AT CAL INVITE BY BEARS:
At the Cal Invitational, the Bears combined to post three NCAA provisional qualifying marks. Junior Sheni Russell and senior Jennifer Joyce accounted for two of them, finishing first (172-0) and second (164-7), respectively, among collegians in the discus with personal best throws. The other NCAA provisional mark came from senior Bubba McLean, who placed second in the pole vault with a season-best mark of 17-2.75. Cal Joyce remained undefeated in three hammer competitions this season with another NCAA automatic qualifying mark (204-1). Overall, Cal has one NCAA automatic qualifier and four provisional ones this year.
OTHERS TO WATCH AT CAL:
For the second-week in a row, freshman Trinety White headlines the list of newcomers to watch at Cal. White won both the long jump (PR: 18-10) and triple jump (39-10) as the only double-winner for the Bears at the Cal Invite. Junior Leora Ward won a tough pole vault battle with a PR of 12-5.5. On the men's side, keep an eye on Cal distance runners Mike Pestorich (junior) and Jeff Squires (freshman), who posted PRs in the 800m of 1:52.77 and 1:54.05, respectively, over the weekend. Junior Ahmad Wright is fast improving in the 400mH, lowering his Pac-10 qualifying time to a season-best 52.31 at the Cal Invite.