Cal Sets Two School Records at Big Meet

May 3, 2003

The University of California men's track and field team put in a valiant effort at Saturday's 109th Big Meet, falling to Stanford by a score of 93-70. The Cardinal women won 111-51. This is the third consecutive season that Stanford has swept the Big Meet. Cal's young squads were impressive, as the women's 4x100 meter relay set a new school record, freshman Osarhiemen Omwanghe set a new freshman record in the 100m hurdles and other Golden Bears recorded numerous personal records.

The men held their own against the Cardinal until nearly the end of the meet, when Stanford swept the first three places in the 5000m run, clinching the victory. In all, the men won nine events while the women captured four.

'As a team we did far better than anyone expected us to do,' Cal head coach Chris Huffins said. 'Our team really respects and cares about each other and they gave all that they could possibly give today. We showed beyond a shadow of a doubt that our kids are tough.'

The Bears' women's 4x100m relay team finished second in 45.57, smashing the former school record of 45.61, set at the Big Meet in 1991. The squad was comprised of three freshmen and one sophomore-frosh Jacqueline Earls, Omwanghe and Antonette Carter, and sophomore Shannan Hawes. Omwanghe set the new Cal freshman record in the 100m hurdles at 13.60, breaking April Holliverse's former record of 13.82, set in 2000. Omwanghe's time also stands as the second best in Cal's history and was just two-one hundredths of a second off of the school record (13.58).

Other inspiring performances on the women's side included wins from juniors Chloe Jarvis and Deanna Slaton and freshmen Elzunia Lamb and Qadriyyah Abdullah. Jarvis set a personal best in the 800m in 2:07.95, while Slaton continued her dominance in the 400m hurdles at 59.02. Lamb jumped a season-best in the long jump at 19-8.75 and Abdullah won the triple jump in a season-best, as well at 37-5.75.

The women's 100m dash was also a bright spot for the Bears, as Cal's three top competitors all finished in less than 12 seconds. Carter placed second in 11.74 and Hawes finished third in 11.80, while Groce came in fourth at 11.86. All times were personal bests.

On the men's side the sprinters were outstanding, as Cal finished 1-2 in the 100m and also won the 200m dash. Sophomores Ricci Dula and Toby Atawo finished first and second, respectively in the 100m dash in windated times of 10.42 and 10.49. Atawo was also victorious in the 200m, setting another PR in 21.27. The men's 4x100m relay team of senior Nick Mazur, Atawo, freshman Chris Boykin and Dula won in a season-best time of 40.08, while Stanford's squad finished in 40.39.

Sophomore Bruce Giron was a highlight on the men's team, winning both the 400m hurdles (52.53) and triple jump (51-0.25). His time in the hurdles meets NCAA regional and Pac-10 qualifying standards, while his mark in the triple jump is a personal best.

The men were also impressive in the field events, winning the high jump, shot put, javelin and pole vault. Freshman Teak Wilburn won the high jump in 6-10.75, while sophomore David Glasgow finished third in 6-6.75. Sophomore Rhuben Williams won the shot with a season-best throw of 60-5.25. Juniors Amin Nikfar and Tony Miranda finished second and fourth respectively in the shot with marks of 57-8.50 and 53-1.75. Miranda's throw was a season-best. Senior Joe Berro led all javelin throwers with a toss of 216-0, and junior Jason Gatewood won the pole vault in 13-11.25.

The majority of the Golden Bears compete next weekend at the Modesto Relays, Saturday, May 10. Two athletes, Lamb and Gatewood, head to Southern California to compete in the Pac-10 Multi Championships. Cal will also host the Challenge of Atlas and Athena, a decathlon and heptathlon competition, at Edwards Stadium, May 9-10.

Big Meet-Saturday, May 3, 2003
(Cal Finishers)

Men
100m: 1. Ricci Dula, 10.42; 2. Toby Atawo, 10.49; 4.Nick Mazur, 10.64. 200m: 1.Toby Atawo, 21.27; 4. Nick Mazur, 22.11; 5. Ricci Dula, 22.14; 6. Chris Boykin, 22.70. 400m: 3. Chris Boykin, 48.86; 4. Aaron Ellis, 49.84; 5. Scott Norby-Cedillo, 50.15; 8. Kevin Correnti, 55.21. 800m: 4. Randy Fair, 1:52.49; 5. Tom Allen, 1:54.28; 8. James Tolan, 1:57.66; 9. Trevor Uyemura, 2:03.41. 1500m: 7. Girmay Guangul, 3:53.10; 9. Trevor Uyemura, 4:01.31; 10. Craig Lee, 4:02.98; 12. Chris Wong, 4:10.79. 3000mSC: 2. Martin Conrad, 9:10.75; 4. Kevin Davis, 9:16.83; 5. Greg Jizmagian, 10:17.27; 6. Dan Spence, 10:45.07. 5000m: 9. Carlos Carballo, 14:53.65; 10. Abadir Barre, 14:57.55; 11. Kevin Davis, 14:59.19; 13. Martin Conrad, 15:09.05; 14. Jonathan Balzer, 15:12.82. 4x100m Relay: 1. California (Mazur, Atawo, Boykin, Dula), 40.08. 4x400m Relay: 2. California (Boykin, Giron, Fair, Bogdanof), 3:18.28. 110mH: 2. Tim Bogdanof, 14.15; 5. Greg Ross, 15.77. 400mH: 1. Bruce Giron, 52.53; 2. Tim Bogdanof, 52.74; 4. Kevin Correnti, 57.44. Long Jump: 4. Jeremiah Tolbert, 22-4.50. High Jump: 1. Teak Wilburn, 6-10.75; 3. David Glasgow, 6-6.75; 4. Jason Gatewood, 6-4.75. Triple Jump: 1. Bruce Giron, 51-0.25. Shot Put: 1. Rhuben Williams, 60-5.25; 2. Amin Nikfar, 57-8.50; 4. Tony Miranda, 53-1.75. Hammer: 2. Rhuben Williams, 194-4; 3. Tony Miranda, 156-5. Discus: 2. Kurt Seefeld, 176-9; 3. Tony Miranda, 173-9; 4. Joe Berro, 171-5; 6. Rhuben Williams, 165-7; 8. Amin Nikfar, 140-9. Javelin: 1. Joe Berro, 216-0; 4. Greg Ross, 168-8; 5. Jason Gatewood, 143-2. Pole Vault: 1. Jason Gatewood, 13-11.25; 4. Greg Ross, 10-0.

Women
100m: 2. Antonette Carter, 11.74; 3. Shannan Hawes, 11.80; 4. DeCola Groce, 11.86; 5. Jacqueline Earls, 11.93. 200m: 3. Antonette Carter, 24.59; 4. Shannan Hawes, 24.96; 6. Elzunia Lamb, 42.07. 400m: 4. Shalonda Reynolds, 1:00.90; 5. Buffany Hunter, 1:01.77. 800m: 1. Chloe Jarvis, 2:07.95; 9. Maja Ruznic, 2:19.62; 10. Lisa Sandoval, 2:27.04. 1500m: 4. Bridget Duffy, 4:28.07; 5. Eva Markiewicz, 4:57.29; Lindsey Maclise, DNS. 3000mSC: 2. Abby Parker, 10:59.34. 5000m: 2. Christy Borak, 17:25.82; 3. Abby Parker, 17:48.32. 4x100m Relay: 2. California (Earls, Omwanghe, Hawes, Carter), 45.57. 4x400m Relay: 2. California (Cowling, Jarvis, Omwanghe, Slaton), 3:40.09. 110mH: 2. Osarhiemen Omwanghe, 13.60; 3. April Holliverse, 13.95; 6. Mary Meyman, 14.30; 7. Stephanie Cowling, 14.50. 400mH: 1. Deanna Slaton, 59.02; 2. Osarhiemen Omwanghe, 1:00.31; 4. April Holliverse, 1:01.36; 5. Stephanie Cowling, 1:01.50; 6. Janeshia Adams-Ginyard, 1:03.50; 7.Lauren Barbieri, 1:04.44; 8. Brooke Baires-Irvin, 1:05.83; 10. Shalonda Reynolds, 1:08.24. High Jump: 2. Cynthia Mallory, 5-3. Long Jump: 1. Elzunia Lamb, 19-8.75; 4. Antonette Carter, 18-10.50; 5. Qadriyyah Abdullah, 18-5.25; 8. Mary Meyman, 17-7.50. Triple Jump: 1. Qadriyyah Abdullah, 37-5.75. Pole Vault: 2. Leora Ward, 12-5.50; 4. Danielle Navarre, 11-11.75. Shot Put: 2. Jenna Johnson, 49-5.50; 3. Tamrya d'Artenay, 44-4.25. Hammer: 3. Tamrya d'Artenay, 167-7. Discus: 4. Tamrya d'Artenay, 44.27; 6. Jenna Johnson, 43.17. Javelin: 3.Elzunia Lamb, 126-10.

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