Cal Track and Field Beats Washington State with Own Athletes

Jan. 31, 2005


Cal brought two teams to Washington State this weekend with only 16 athletes a piece. Despite the short-handedness, the Bears managed to produce some impressive results with skeleton squads at the unscored Cougar Indoor Invitational. The women's team managed to win 8 events while the men's team won 6 times. Both teams had multiple meet records set, and qualified a combined total of 24 athletes for February's MPSF Indoor Championships.


Day one competition closed with Cal multi-eventers, Brooke Meredith and Stephen Conrad both finishing third in the pentathlon and heptathlon respectively. Junior Jonas Hallgrimsson sat out the competition due to injury. Meredith was competing despite injury while Conrad was in the first multi-event competition of his collegiate career. In the Women's weight throw Giulia Urlando was winning until the last throw where she was beaten by only 2cm which was still enough for a personal record. Former Golden Bear, Bruce Giron and assistant coach Phil McMullen also competed in the heptathlon.


The second day featured stellar performances from Cal athletes. Junior Osarheiman Omwanghe won in the 60mh (8.56), finished second in the 60m (7.83), and ran the anchor leg on the women's relay which set a meet record, taking it away from a Washington State team that set it a year earlier. In the women's 200m Brook Turner and Shannon Hawes both broke the former meet record with Turner finishing first in 25.00 and Hawes turning in a 25.17 clocking. Junior Trinety White won the women's long jump with a mark of 5.64m and set a meet record, as well as finishing second behind teammate Cassandra Strickland in the triple jump. Women's Team Captain, Chloe Jarvis posted a win in the women's 800m along with running the second leg on the winning 4x400m relay team (3:51.94).


Four of the athletes on this years top ranked men's freshman class are from Washington. Cal brought three of them to Pullman along with Sophomore Washington native, Darren Woods of Tacoma. Among these four athletes, four meet records were broken, four events won, and an interesting precedent set. Freshman Nate Rolfe from Seattle began the build of irony with a decisive win in the weight throw breaking the old meet record by almost half a meter with a toss of 17.89m. Following Rolfe's success teammate Craig Kent threw the shot 17.26m, far enough to win by over two feet. On the track, Woods broke meet records in the 60m dash with a time of 6.79 in the prelims using the race as a primer to set another meet record of 21.59 which was good enough for the win. Finally, Alex McClary of Shelton, turned in a win in the men's 800m crossing the tape at 1:52.82 breaking the old meet record by almost four seconds. Team Captain, David Glasgow, posted a win in the high jump with a mark of 2.05 meters. The men's 4x400 relay also managed a win in 3:18.34, despite not using Darren Woods, the team's top 400m runner.

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