Cal Travels to Mount SAC Relays, Woody Wilson Invite

April 15, 2002

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CAL COMPETES AT TWO MEETS THIS WEEK:
Coming off one of its best meets of the season, California sends representatives to two meets this week. The top athletes travel to the 44th-annual Mount SAC Relays, April 19-21, while others attend the UC Davis hosted Woody Wilson Invitational, April 20, at 2 p.m. The Mt. SAC Relays are an evening affair on Friday and an all-day one on Saturday and Sunday. Last year at the Mount SAC Relays, Bolota Asmerom finished second in the 5000m in a school record 13:31.88.

BEARS WIN 9 EVENTS AT BRUTUS HAMILTON INVITE:
Cal won a combined nine events, four with career-best performances, at home at the non-scored Brutus Hamilton Memorial Invitational, April 12-13. The Bear men, which have battled injuries all season, stepped up and won five events, while the women took top honors in four. The career-best wins came from junior Leora Ward in the pole vault (NCAA provisional: 12-11.5), senior Marielle Schlueter in the 3000m (9:49.53), freshman Abby Parker in the 3000mSC (10:59.31), junior Ahmad Wright in the 400mH (51.52) and redshirt freshman David Glasgow in the high jump (6-10.75).

PARKER SETS CAL FRESHMAN RECORD IN 3000MSC:
Abby Parker won her debut in the 3000mSC in 10:59.31, a Cal freshman record and a Pac-10 qualifying time. Parker and Schlueter are the only two Bear women to compete in the 3000mSC in the race's two-year existence for collegiate women.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS FROM BRUTUS HAMILTON INVITE:
Senior Jennifer Joyce has now won the hammer in five of six meets this season with her season-best winning throw of 206-0 at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational. That mark is only three inches shy of her school record in the event. Senior Jerriod Mack returned from a hamstring injury to win the triple jump with a season-best jump of 50-2.5. Redshirt freshman Ricci Dula finished third in the 100m (11.08) in his first race as a Bear since having knee surgery. PRs also came from senior Missy Vanek in the long jump (18-6) and javelin (141-3), junior Joe Berro in the javelin (206-3), junior Mike Pestorich in the 800m (1:52.27), sophomore Cynthia Mallory in the high jump (5-8.75), sophomore Chloe Jarvis in the 400m (56.87) and redshirt freshman Tamrya d'Artenay in the hammer (154-9).

DID YOU KNOW?
- Junior Leora Ward (pole vault) finished the Los Angeles Marathon in 1998.

- Senior All-American Missy Vanek (mult-events) is from Laclede, Idaho, which has a population of 213.

- Cal freshman long jumper/triple jumper Trinety White was the first female to kick the winning field goal in a high school game in Northern California. She played on the Marysville High School football, track, basketball and soccer teams.

- Senior All-American pole vaulter Bubba McLean fishes for salmon in Alaska during the summer and has tales to tell about run-ins with grizzly bears.

- Sophomore Jeremiah Tolbert II (long jump) is the third-oldest of eight children and helped raise his youngest three siblings.

UP NEXT...CAL OPEN AND BIG MEET:
Cal returns home for back to back weekends after this week. First, the Bears host the Cal Open on April 27 and then entertain Stanford for the annual Big Meet, May 4. The Big Meet is the last home meet for most of the team, but some may compete at the USATF Multi-Event Championships at Edwards Stadium on June 18-20.

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