Cal Ready to Face Off in Colorado Springs

Feb. 1, 2005

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Date      Saturday Feb. 5, 2005Place     Colorado Springs, COTime      All Day

California travels to Colorado Springs Saturday for an indoor meet against AirForce, Colorado and Colorado State. This will be the Bears' first scoring meet ofthe season. The Rams could cause the most problems for Cal since their teamsfeature strong sprinters and throwers, which are Cal's traditionally strong events.

Hot competition in the weight throw and fiercly contested sprint events will makethis meet a barn burner. Colorado State's Loriee Smith set a school record lastweekend in the weight throw and teammate Adam Trainor is ranked secondnationally in the same event. Meanwhile, Colorado's Zach Hazen set a schoolrecord himself at Air Force the week prior in the men's weight throw. Be sure towatch the sprints for events that will swing the outcome for the Bears. Bearhurdlers Osarhiemen Omwanghe and Thomas Mack had some fast raceslast week in Pullman and will be a good reason to watch the straight-away.

Of the four Washington natives that Cal brought to Pullman, three of them setmeet records, all of them won at least one event, and all four qualilfied for theMPSF championships. Craig Kent won the men's shot put handily with a lastthrow of 17.26m. Alex McClary set a meet record in the 800m with a time of1:52.82, beating the old record by almost four seconds. Fellow freshman NateRolfe beat the competition by almost a half meter and the former meet recordby a full half meter, tossing the 35 lb weight 17.89m. Finally, Cal sophomoreDarren Woods competed out of his main event, the 400m, and still managed tobreak two meet records. He rewrote his own meet record in the 200m with aclocking of 21.59 and broke the record in the 60m during the prelims, coming inat 6.79. The Cal men's 4x400m managed to win easily without Woods, leadingthe whole race from break to tape with a time of 3:28.34. The women's relayteam set a meet record, winning by almost a three second margin with a time of3:51.94. Other meet records set by Cal athletes include Brook Turner in the200m at 25.00, and Trinety White in the long jump with a mark of 5.64m. Turnerwas followed by teammate Shannon Hawes, who also beat the old meet recordin the 200m with a time of 25.17. Wins were also turned in by team captainChloe Jarvis in the 800m at 2:16.13 and Abby Parker in the 3000m at10:09.89. Overall, the women's team managed to win eight of the 16 events andqualify 13 athelets for the MPSF championships to be held at the end ofFeburary in Boise. The men's team won six events and qualified 11 athletes.

This last meet, every thrower that Cal brought to Pullman managed a personalbest in at least one event, and the only Washington native that Cal traveled withwho did not set a meet record, Craig Kent, was going up against a mark set byformer Cal shotputter Amin Nikfar, who is the reigning Asian Games indoorchampion in that event.

This week, the national Power Rankings, published by the USTCA, ranks themen's team 31st nationally just ahead of UCLA. The women's team finished31st as well and now ranks 25th on The Trackwire Top 25. The Power Rankingsdetermine which teams are most competitive in a dual meet, while The TrackwireTop 25 predicts a team winner for the NCAA Meet.

The Bears concluded their indoor campaign with Teak Wilburn finishing ninth inthe high jump and Brooke Meredith finishing third in the pentathlon andbreaking the school record at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation IndoorChampionshis. The Cal men's team finished second behind UCLA and wellahead of third place Stanford, beating the Cardinal by almost 30 points, makingfor its strongest indoor conference showing ever. The women's team finishedsixth.

Every Saturday in February, the Bears will host an all comers track & field meetat 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 meetis open to age group, high school, open and senior athletes. Golden Bear athleteswho do not travel those weekends will be on hand to participate. The track andrunways are tartan and only 1/4' spikes will be allowed. The events will begrouped according to gender and ability level. The entry for athletes is $5 andadmission for spectators is $2 per person.

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