Cal Prepares for First 2005 Indoor Meet

Jan. 25, 2005

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Date      Friday-Saturday Jan. 28-29, 2005Place     Pullman, WATime      All Day/All Day

Beyond Washington State, the Bears will face squads from Idaho and Utah State. The Idaho men's team enjoyed an extremely strong freshman recruiting class despite not having it ranked in Track & Field News. All three other teams have already experienced at least one indoor meet this season, while the Bears are eager to cut their teeth on the Mondo of Pullman.

The Bears concluded their indoor campaign with Teak Wilburn finishing ninth in the high jump and Brooke Meredith finishing third in the pentathlon and breaking the school record at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championshis. The Cal men's team finished second behind UCLA and well ahead of third place Stanford, beating the Cardinal by almost 30 making for, its strongest indoor conference showing ever. The women's team finished sixth.

Cal hopes to see several athletes produce NCAA Indoor qualifying standards this weekend. Assistant coach Ed Miller expects to see big performances from his traditionally great stock of multi-event athletes. Jonas Hallgrimsson and Brooke Meredith had excellent marks posted at the Annual Pole-Vault Summit in Reno, Nev. over the weekend.This week, Miller hopes to ride the high morale into a great opening performances for the both multi-eventers.

The Cal squads this year feature 12 athletes with ties to the state of Washington who have decided to leave the area and seek their fortunes elsewhere. Among them Craig Kent (Freshman-Throws), Alex McClary (Freshman-Distance), Andy McClary (Freshman-Distance), Nathan Rolfe (Freshman-Throws), and Darren Woods (Sophomore 200m-400m). The three freshmen make a formidable group that was greatly responsible for the Cal men's Freshman team to be named number 1 in the country by Track and Field News. Along with this ranking the women's team has been ranked #24 by The Trackwire 25 with Brook Meredith ranking #4 in the Pentathalon. The men's team has yet to be ranked, despite having three athletes on the rankings list; Teak Wilburn #4 HJ, Rhuben Williams #7 SP, and Rashaad Nunnally #11 LJ all ganered national rankings.

Every Saturday in February, the Bears will host an all comers track & field meet at the University of California's world class Edwards Stadium and Goldman Field. All events begin at 11 a.m., except the hammer, which starts at 9 a.m. The meet is open to age group, high school, open and senior athletes. Golden Bear athletes who do not travel those weekends will be on hand to participate. The track and runways are tartan and only 1/4' spikes will be allowed. The events will be grouped according to gender and ability level. The entry for athletes is $5 and admission for spectators is $2 per person.

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