Bears Host Cal Open

April 23, 2002

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BEARS HOSTS CAL OPEN MEET:
Coming off several impressive individual performances last week, especially by the seniors, the California men's and women's track and field teams return home to host the Cal Open, Friday-Saturday, April 26-27. Friday is devoted exclusively to the hammer with the men's competition at 2 p.m., followed by the women's at 4 p.m. Field events begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with the women's javelin, and the first running event is the women's 4x100m relay at noon. Competition concludes at 4:10 p.m. with the men's 4x400m relay. The field for the non-scored meet includes representatives from Stanford, The Farm Team, UC Davis, Sacramento State, Nevada (women) and San Francisco State, along with many unattached athletes.

BELGER, JOYCE SHINE FOR BEARS AT MOUNT SAC:
Cal seniors Jennifer Joyce and Erin Belger posted the second-best collegiate performance in the nation this season in their respective specialties at the Mount SAC Relays. Joyce established a new Canadian record and broke her old school record in the hammer of 206-3 set in 2000 with a fourth-place mark of 212-7 Sunday. She was second among collegians to Nebraska's Melissa Price, who owns the nation's best mark. Belger clocked a PR and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:04.60 to win the fastest heat of the 800m Saturday. That time moves her from seventh to second on the Cal all-time list and qualifies her for NCAAs for the first time in her career. Belger's parents, Mark and Sue, each won 800m collegiate national titles in 1979, but Erin has proved this year that she has her own identity as a versatile 400m, 800m and 1500m runner.

CREASEY MOVES INTO 10,000M TOP 5:
Cal senior Corey Creasey finished seventh in the 10,000m at Mount SAC Friday with a career-best time of 29:49.60, which ranks fifth on the Bears' all-time list. Creasey's previous PR was 30:13.69.

VANEK WINS CAL/NEVADA HEPTATHLON:
Senior Missy Vanek won the California/Nevada heptathlon last week in Sacramento with an NCAA provisional 5494 points, almost 500 points better than her nearest competitor. Her last heptathlon was on the same Sacramento State track at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, but she suffered a hamstring injury and didn't finish. Vanek ranks sixth in the country in the heptathlon this year. She is from Laclede, Idaho, which has a population of 213.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK:
Cal's top 400m hurdlers each had PRs at Mount SAC - junior Ahmad Wright (51.48) and sophomore Deanna Slaton (60.76). Deanna's sister, Danielle, plays for the WUSA Carolina Courage and is in town Saturday to play for the U.S. national team against Finland. The 400m was a strong event for the Bears at Mt. SAC, as sophomore Chloe Jarvis (56.33), junior Mark Blanco (48.07) and freshman Randy Fair (48.29) each posted PRs.

DID YOU KNOW?
- Six of Cal's nine NCAA qualifying marks/times are from seniors.

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

- 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.

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