Golden Bears Off to USC for Pac-10 Championships

May 13, 2003

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REGULAR SEASON COMPLETE, TIME FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
The University of California's track and field teams head down to Southern California to compete at the 2003 Pacific-10 Track and Field Championships. The Trojans host the event Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18 at Cromwell Field at Loker Stadium. Saturday's events start with the women's hammer at 10 a.m. and conclude with the men's 10,000-meter run at 6:40 p.m. On Sunday, the men's hammer throw begins at 9 a.m. and the final gun of the day is the men's 4x400m relay at 5:20 p.m.

WATCH PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS ON FOX SPORTS BAY AREA
The Pac-10 Track and Field Championships will be televised by FOX Sports Net. Northern California residents can watch the championships on FOX Sports Bay Area, Saturday, May 24 at 5 p.m.

FOLLOW GOLDEN BEARS LIVE AT CHAMPIONSHIPS VIA WEBSITE
This year, Cal fans can follow their Golden Bears at the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships via the web. Simply point your browser to www.calbears.com and view the track and field page. Click on the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships link located under the Cal Corner box. USC is providing live stats and will update its website after each event is completed.

RECAP-PAC-10 MULTIS, MODESTO RELAYS, CARDINAL QUALIFIER

Pac-10 Multi-Events Championship
Freshman Elzunia Lamb finished sixth and earned Cal three points at last weekend's Pac-10 Multi-Events Championship. The decathlon-heptathlon meet was hosted by USC. Lamb won the long jump with a season-best leap of 19-9. Her heptathlon point total of 4688 is good for 10th-best on Cal's all-time Top 10 performances list. Her three points will be added to Cal's team total at this weekend's Pac-10 Track and Field Championships. Junior Jason Gatewood also competed at the conference multi meet, finishing 10th with a point total of 6046. Gatewood was victorious in the high jump event with a mark of 6-8.25.

Modesto Relays
Several Golden Bears competed at last Saturday's Modesto Relays. The elite meet featured athletes from around the world in various levels of competition. Freshmen Mary Meyman and Teak Wilburn competed in the 100m hurdles and high jump, respectively. In section one of the 100m hurdles, Meyman finished sixth with a time of 14.37. In the high jump, Teak tied for fifth with a leap of 7-1.75. Senior Leora Ward and sophomore Danielle Navarre also competed at the relays in the pole vault. Both tied for fifth place with vaults of 12-1.50.

Cardinal Qualifier
Sophomore Rhuben Williams set a personal best throw in the hammer event at last Friday's Cardinal Qualifier hosted by Stanford. Williams' fourth-place toss of 202-7 stands as the fifth best in Cal's history. Several other Bears competed in the meet designed as a last chance effort to qualify for the Pac-10 Championships. Sophomore Randy Fair finished 10th in the 800m run (1:52.98), while freshman Abadir Barre and senior Craig Lee finished the 1500m in 4:00.35 and 4:03.35, respectively. On the women's side senior Leora Ward and sophomore Danielle Navarre tied for third (11-11.75) in the pole vault, whie sophomore Tamrya d'Artenay placed fourth in the hammer throw (166-0).

SCHEDULES, RESULTS & RECAPS
A schedule for the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships can be found at www.calbears.com. Check the Cal website on Satuday and Sunday evening for complete recaps and results from the conference meet.

A LOOK BACK AT 2002 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
At last year's Pac-10 Track and Field Championships, the Golden Bears' men's and women's teams struggled and finished in eighth and ninth place, respectively. Jennifer Joyce was the lone Cal athlete to win a conference title, capturing the hammer throw (204-1). It was the 10 points from Joyce's victory that helped the Bear women avoid a last-place team showing. Leora Ward was the Cal women's next best scorer, tying for fourth in the pole vault with a clearance of 12-10. On the men's side, Ahmad Wright led the Bears with a fourth-place finish in the 400m hurdles (51.59).

COACHES CORNER

Comments from Cal track and field director Chris Huffins on this weekend's Pac-10 Championships:
'In all honesty, it's up in the air on how we'll do this weekend, but I'm optimistic to see how we handle the pressure and expectations. I think we'll put in a good showing and do better than we have in the past and not as well as we'll do in the future. But overall, I think we should do very well.'

Lewy Finishes Second at Pittsburgh Marathon
Cal volunteer coach, Magdalena Lewy, recently finished second at the Pittsburgh Marathon in Pittsburgh, Pa. Lewy's second-fastest time of 2:31.36 meets the automatic standard to qualify for the 2004 Olympics.

BEARS BOAST RECORD-BREAKING SEASON
Cal has had several people ink their names onto the school record books this season. The following includes information on the events in which Golden Bears have rewritten records.

* WOMEN'S 4X100 TEAM BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD
The Golden Bears' women's 4x100m relay team finished second at the Big Meet in 45.57, shattering the former school record of 45.61, also set at the 1991 Big Meet. Cal's squad was comprised of three freshmen and one sophomore-frosh Jacqueline Earls, Osarhiemen Omwanghe and Antonette Carter, and sophomore Shannan Hawes.

* OMWANGHE BREAKS FRESHMAN 100m HURDLES RECORD
Osarhiemen Omwanghe broke Cal's 100m hurdles freshman record, a mark that had stood for the past three years, at the Big Meet. Omwanghe's time of 13.60, bested the former time of 13.82 clocked by teammate April Holliverse in 2000. Omwanghe's time of 13.60 is the second-fastest in Cal's history and is just two-one hundredths of a second away from the school record of 13.58.

* TEAK WILBURN TIES CAL FRESHMAN HIGH JUMP RECORD
Freshman Teak Wilburn tied a Cal freshman record in the high jump (7-3.25) at the Mt. SAC Relays Apr. 19. That mark moves him into a sixth-place tie with Clarence Johnson on Cal's all-time best performances list and meets NCAA and Pac-10 postseason qualifying standards. That mark also puts him into a five-way tie for the second-best mark nationally. Wilburn is ranked fifth in the high jump in Trackwire's Apr. 29 Dandy Dozen List. The list is a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event. The factors used to build the D12 include quantitative values that measure performances in past major competitions (such as conference championships, national championships and Olympic competition), durability and freedom from injuries, demonstrated ability to compete well in multiple rounds of competition, ability in other events, head-to-head competition with other top athletes, and personal or seasonal bests.

* GIRMAY GUANGUL BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD IN 10,000m
Sophomore Girmay Guangul broke Cal's 10,000m record in a Pac-10 qualifying time of 29:17.78 at the Stanford Invitational Mar. 29. The previous record was 29:24.3, set by Rich McCann at the 1981 Mt. SAC Relays.

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO DETERMINE NCAA QUALIFIERS IN NEW 2003 FORMAT
The qualifying standards for the 2003 NCAA Track and Field Championships has changed from years past, as for the first time ever, the NCAA will use Regional Championship meets to determine qualifying for the national meet. Stating a desire to place an emphasis on competition, rather than best marks, the NCAA Championships will draw the top-five finishers in each individual event, and top-three relay teams from each of the four regionals nationwide, to be contested May 30-31. Athletes will qualify for the Regional meets by meeting pre-determined NCAA standards. The NCAA will then round out the Championships field by selecting the highest-ranking indivdiuals (approximately six per individual event and five per relay) from the national collegiate performance lists, provided those athletes competed at their respective Regional meets and were not among the finishers to earn automatic NCAA berths.

UP NEXT FOR THE BEARS...
After this weekend's Pac-10 Track and Field Championships, the Golden Bears have a weekend free of competition in preparation for the NCAA Regional Qualifier hosted by Stanford Friday-Saturday, May 30-31. The regional qualifier will determine which athletes will compete at the 2003 NCAA Track and Field Championships held Wednesday-Saturday, June 11-14 in Sacramento, Calif.

2003 MARKS FINAL SEASON FOR 12 GOLDEN BEARS

Joe Berro, from Mill Valley, has become one of Cal's greatest throwers. A former walk-on, Berro is a two-time Pac-10 Championships qualifier. He particularly enjoys competing at the Big Meet, winning the javelin event the past two years. At last year's Big Meet, Berro captured the event with a toss of 220-2, the second best throw in Cal's history. This season, he again leads the Bears in the javelin and ranks third among all Pac-10 javelin throwers. He is an American studies major.

Martin Conrad, from Long Beach, has been a team leader in the distance events as a Golden Bear. Conrad, a three-time Pac-10 Championships participant, has also recorded both NCAA regional and Pac-10 qualifying times this season. At last year's conference championships, he garnered two Top 20 finishes in the 3000 meter steeplechase and 5000 meter events and set the seventh-fastest 3000 meter steeplechase time in Cal history. Conrad, a two-time first team Pac-10 All-Academic selection, is majoring in political science.

Aaron Ellis, from Pomona, has been a solid competitor for Cal in the 400 meter hurdles during his career. Unable to compete last spring, Ellis has shined this season as one of Cal's top hurdlers. Before last season, Ellis won the 400 meter hurdles two years in a row at the Big Meet. Ellis is an English major.

Herman Gill, from Turlock, is one of the Bears' top high jumpers. Gill transferred to Cal last year and set the team's third-best mark that season. This year, he set a new personal record in the high jump that meets both NCAA Regional and Pac-10 qualifying standards. Gill is a computer science major.

Craig Lee, from Pleasant Hill, has continually improved for the Bears in the 1500 meter and 3000 meter steeplechase events. During the cross country season, he competed at the NCAA West Regional and was a Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection. Lee is majoring in integrative biology.

Scott Norby-Cedillo, from San Diego, is a hard-working athlete who has made solid contributions to the Golden Bears' squad. Throughout his career, he has developed into a fine 400 meter runner, and his improvement stands as a direct correlation to his strong work ethic.

Lache Bailey, from El Cerrito, is finishing her first competitive season as a Golden Bear. A transfer from San Francisco State, Bailey has made great strides in her short time at Berkeley. She currently leads the Bears in the 800 meter run, with an NCAA Regional and Pac-10 qualifying time. Bailey has left her mark at Cal, inking her name onto the Bears' all-time best performances list in the 800 meters. She is an African-American studies major.

Brooke Baires-Irvin, from Union City, has been a very competitive athlete for Cal in the 400 meter hurdles. Last season, she posted a personal record in the 400 meter hurdles at the Woody Wilson Invitational. She is a political science major and will attend law school next year.

DeCola Groce, from San Diego, is one of Cal's team captains and top sprinters. A two-time Pac-10 Championships qualifier, Groce raced on the fourth-fastest 4x100 meter relay team in Cal's history as a freshman. Last year, she set Cal's fastest time of the season in the 100 meter dash. Groce was a Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection as a sophomore and is an African-American social sciences and legal studies major.

April Holliverse, from Los Angeles, has served as one of Cal's top 100 meter hurdler during her career. A two-time Pac-10 Championships qualifier, she currently leads the Bears in the event and has posted NCAA Regional and Pac-10 qualifying times in both the 100 and 400 meter hurdles. She has etched her name into the Cal record books, posting the second fastest and sixth fastest times in the 100 and 400 meter hurdles, respectively.

Shalonda Reynolds, from Hercules, has been a solid contributor for Cal in the hurdles and 400 meter events. She has shown continual improvement in the 400 meter hurdles this season, and is close to besting her personal record in the event. Reynolds is a sociology major.

Leora Ward, from Rancho Palos Verdes, is Cal's top pole vaulter. One of five team captains, Ward is a two-time Pac-10 Championships qualifier. Last year, she led the Bears after setting the second-best vault in Cal's history. She leads the Bears again this season with an NCAA Regional and conference qualifying mark. A Pac-10 All-Academic selection as a sophomore, Ward is a political science major.

SEVERAL BEARS MAKE MARK ON CAL'S ALL-TIME TOP 10 LISTS
So far this season, 17 different Golden Bears have etched their names onto Cal's all-time Top 10 performers list. In the men's running events, sophomores Girmay Guangul and Carlos Carballo rank first and seventh, respectively in the 10,000m run (29:17.78, 19:53.60), while junior Tim Bogdanof ranks ninth on the 110m hurdles list (14.05). In the field events, freshman Teak Wilburn is tied for sixth in the high jump (7-3.25) and sophomore Rhuben Williams ranks fifth in the hammer throw (202-7). The women's team has marked up the all-time best lists in 11 categories. Freshman Antonette Carter ran the Bears' 10th-fastest time in the 100m (11.97), while junior Chloe Jarvis posted the 10th-fastest time in the 800m (2:07.95). Sophomore Abby Parker ran the Bears' second-fastest time in the 3000m steeplechase (10:50.42), while freshmen Osarhiemen Omwanghe and Mary Meyman clocked Cal's second and 10th-fastest times, respectively in the 100m hurdles (13.60, 14.17). Junior Deanna Slaton ranks fourth on the 400m hurdles list (58.93), and both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay squads ran the first and second-fastest times in those respective events (45.57, 3:38.38). Sophomore Danielle Navarre posted Cal's third-best mark in the pole vault (12-5.50) and sophomore Tamrya d'Artenay set new marks in the shot put (8th, 45-11.75) and hammer (6th, 167-7). Freshman Elzunia Lamb recently nudged herself onto the heptathlon list, earning the 10th-highest point total (4688) in Cal's history.

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