Bogdanof Places First in 110mH at NCAA West Regional

May 30, 2003

University of California senior Tim Bogdanof ran an inspiring 110-meter hurdles race, placing first with a personal record time of 13.51 at Friday's NCAA West Regional Track and Field Championships. Cal's track and field teams are competing at the regional championships hosted by Stanford at Cobb Track and Angell Field. The regional championships determine which athletes will compete at the 2003 NCAA Track and Field Championships, held June 11-14 in Sacramento, Calif.

Today's field events-the men's hammer, long jump, high jump and discus, and women's pole vault and long jump-were all finals, while the track events were all preliminaries, except for the men's and women's 5,000-meter run. Winners in each event advanced automatically to Saturday's finals, while the rest of the events' fields were determined by the order of the next best times. The top five finishers in the finals advance to the NCAA Championships.

'I honestly didn't see that time coming,' said Bogdanof. 'I got off to a bad start and just focused on trying to run the race cleanly. When I got to the finish and saw that time, I was shocked.'

Running with Cal head coach Chris Huffins' shoes from the 2000 Olympic Trials, Bogdanof's 13.51 time moved him into second place on the Bears' all-time best performances chart. Huffins' shoes, which he wore when he qualified for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, had only been worn twice before and were a gift to Bogdanof.

'Tim has been ready to run that fast for awhile,' said Huffins. 'He is really starting to get into the right rhythm in the 13.50's.'

Bogdanof became Cal's first automatic qualifier into Saturday's competition with his first-place finish, a race in which he defeated Pac-10 champion Ryan Wilson from USC.

In the men's high jump, freshman Teak Wilburn qualified for the NCAA Championships after placing second clearing a height of 7-1. Fellow high jumper, sophomore David Glasgow, also qualified by finishing fourth with a mark of 6-11.75.

Both of Cal's 4x100m relay teams made tomorrow's finals race, as they each posted the fourth-fastest times in the field. The Bears' women's squad of freshmen Jacqueline Earls, Osarhiemen Omwanghe and Antonette Carter and sophomore Shannan Hawes finished third in the first heat with a school-record breaking time of 45.01. That marks the third time this season that the team has destroyed the original former record time of 45.61 set in 1991. Two weeks ago at the Pac-10 Championships, the Bears' rewrote their record-breaking time at 45.36.

'Our entire team had a great day,' said Huffins. 'Our relays ran exceptionally well and I'm looking forward to seeing them in Sacramento. I expect big things from the Bears again tomorrow.'

Carter also qualified for Saturday's 100m dash finals. She finished fourth in heat one with a personal best time of 11.70. That time ties for the second fastest in Cal's history. Latasha Gilliam also ran 11.70 in 1996. In the men's 110m dash, sophomore Ricci Dula finished eighth in a time of 10.60 and will compete in tomorrow's finals.

In the women's 800m, junior Chloe Jarvis and senior Lache Bailey both qualified for Saturday's finals. Jarvis finished second in heat two (2:07.96) to automatically advance to the finals. Bailey finished sixth in the first heat of the 800m in a time of 2:08.22.

Other Bears that finished in the Top 15 from Friday's events included redshirt freshman Elzunia Lamb in the long jump (6th, 19-7), Hawes in the 100m (12th, 11.93), Omwanghe in the 110m hurdles (12th, 13.89), senior Deanna Slaton in the 400m hurdles (13th, 1:00.22), freshman Bridget Duffy in the 1500m (10th, 4:29.32) and junior Jenna Johnson in the shot put (7th, 49-4.25).

Tomorrow's events are all finals and begin with the women's hammer throw at 10 a.m. The track events begin at 2:45 p.m. with the women's 400m relay. The meet concludes with the men's 1600m relay at 6:20 p.m. Visit www.gostanford.com for complete results and live stats.

NCAA Track and Field West Regional-Friday, May 30 Results
Cal Finishers

Men
100m: 8. Ricci Dula, 10.60. 110mH: 1. Tim Bogdanof, 13.51. 400mH: Bruce Giron, FS. 4x100m Relay: (Heat 2) 2. California (Mazur, Atawo, Boykin, Dula) 40.74. High Jump: 2. Teak Wilburn, 7-1; 3t. David Glasgow, 6-11.75. Hammer: Rhuben Williams, FOUL. Discus: 10. Tony Miranda, 169-11; 12. Kurt Seefeld, 168-10.

Women
100m: 6. Antonette Carter, 11.70; 12. Shannan Hawes, 11.93. 800m: 4. Chloe Jarvis, 2:07.96; 8. Lache Bailey, 2:08.22. 1500m: 10. Bridget Duffy, 4:29.32. 100mH: 12. Osarhiemen Omwanghe, 13.89. 400mH: 13. Deanna Slaton, 1:00.22; 17. Stephanie Cowling, 1:01.01. 4x100m Relay: (Heat 1) 3. California (Earls, Omwanghe, Hawes, Carter) 45.01. Long Jump: 6. Elzunia Lamb, 19-7. Shot Put: 7. Jenna Johnson, 49-4.25; 20. Tamrya d'Artenay, 45-1. Pole Vault: 12t. Leora Ward, 12-6.25; 24t. Danielle Navarre, 12-0.50.

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