Bears Open Outdoor Season Hosting Boise State, Azusa Pacific

March 18, 2003

CAL OPENS OUTDOOR SEASON WITH TRIANGULAR AT HOME
The University of California men's and women's indoor track and field teams open its outdoor season at home, hosting Boise State and Azusa Pacific Friday and Saturday. Friday's action includes only the men's and women's hammer throw. All other track and field events take place Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.

MEET SCHEDULE

Friday, March 21
2 p.m.-Men's Hammer4 p.m.-Women's Hammer

Saturday, March 22
9:30 a.m.-Women's/Men's Javelin; Women's/Men's Discus to follow10:30 a.m.-Women's Men's Shot11 a.m.-Women's/Men's Long Jump; Women's/Men's Triple Jump to follow11:15 a.m.-Women's Pole Vault1 p.m.-Men's High Jump1:30 p.m.-Men's Pole Vault2:30 p.m.-Women's High Jump

Running Events
12 p.m.-Women's/Men's 4x100 Relay12:15 p.m.-Women's Steeplechase12:30 p.m.-Men's 3,000m Steeplechase12:50 p.m.-Women's/Men's 1500 Meters1:15 p.m.-Women's 100/Men's 110 Hurdles1:40 p.m.-Women's/Men's 400 Meters2 p.m.-Women's/Men's 100 Meters2:20 p.m.-Women's/Men's 800 Meters2:40 p.m.-Women's/Men's 400 Hurdles3 p.m.-Women's/Men's 200 Meters3:30 p.m.-Women's 3,000 Meters3:45 p.m.-Men's 3,000 Meters4 p.m.-Women's 4x400 Relay4:05 p.m.-Men's 4x400 Relay

CAL VS. BOISE STATE
The Golden Bears have competed against the Broncos three times during the indoor season. Cal visited Boise, Idaho for the Boise State Bandanna Indoor Invitational, Western Indoor Classic and Mountain Pacific Indoor Championships.

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS
Boise State

The Broncos feature speedy WAC champion in the 200 (21.23) and 400 meters (46.89) in Ray Ardill. Kenny Johnson is another recent WAC indoor champion in the triple jump (51-8.5) and also holds the WAC outdoor title as well. On the women's side, Abbey Elberry won the WAC indoor weight championship (63-4.75), and last year's outdoor WAC javelin champion, Trina Rogers, boasts a lifetime best of 160-3. Other top performers include Taras Rohde (shot put, 56-1.75), Rob Minnitti (javelin, 241-0), Robin Wemple (SC, 10:32.85) and Linsey Dewey (400, 55.86-800, 2:09.46).

Azusa Pacific
Azusa Pacifc features strong track and field teams on both the men's and women's side, evident by their recent sweep of the NAIA Indoor Track and Field titles. The teams marked the first time that both Cougar squads were crowned national champions and they are the fifth teams ever to capture both NAIA titles in the same meet. Azusa Pacific's top athlete is sophomore Vivian Chukwuemeka who boasts bests of 59-7.5 in the shot (sixth longest collegian all-time), 184-1 in the discus and 166-9 in the hammer. She was the 2002 British Commonwealth shot put champion. The men's NAIA championship win was its second-consecutive and the team won three of five running events at the meet. Senior Dominique DeGrammont, junior Nate Farris and sophomore Tim Ramierez will be names to watch for this Saturday.

UP NEXT FOR THE BEARS...
The Golden Bears are next in action at the CAL Multi Meet that features the heptathlon and decathlon events. The meet will be held Mar. 26-27in Davis, CA.

BEARS HOST FOUR HOME MEETS THIS SEASON
Cal hosts four home meets this season. In addition to Saturday's triangular against Azusa Pacific and Boise State, Cal next hosts the annual Brutus Hamilton Memorial Invitational, Apr. 11-12. The Bears then host the California Invitational, Apr. 25-26. Cal finishes its home schedule with the Challenge of Atlas & Athena (IAAF), a meet featuring heptathlon and decathlon events.

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