Cal Returns from Colorado with Two NCAA Qualifiers
Feb. 6, 2005
Colorado Springs, Colo -
Cal traveled to the Air Force Academy this weekend for a four-way meet against all three of Colorado's major division I programs, including Colorado and Colorado State. In the history of this meet, the only time a school from outside Colorado has won was Arizona in 1999. Although neither the men's nor women's team won the meet, Cal managed to increase their tally of MPSF qualifiers to 38 and added two NCAA qualifiers. Third year head coach Chris Huffins said he was 'very, very pleased with both team efforts and with this meet we're building towards an excellent team performance at the conference meet.' In 2004, the men's team finished second at the MPSF championships in Seattle and the women finished sixth. The women's team has been ranked on the Trackwire 25 while the men's team has improved their depth across the board. Both will travel to Seattle this year with ambitions nothing short of winning.
The women's team lost by only seven points to Colorado State (149-142). In their effort several Cal transfers and freshmen established themselves as significant contributors. On the track the Cal women went 1-2-3 in the 60m, but the meet's scoring rubric only allows the top two athletes to score points for their team where any other subsequent finishers do not displace points otherwise earned by athletes from other teams. The trio in the 60m comprised of Tiffany Johnson (7.59), Osarheiman Omwanghe (7.61) and Shannon Hawes (7.63). Tiffany Johnson also finished second in the 200m (24.99). In the 800m, freshman Alysia Johnson won in the first race of her collegiate career with a time of 2:16.54. In the field events, Team Captain Danielle Navarre won in the pole vault with a clearance at 12-05.50. The Bears also tallied a win in the triple jump where Cassandra Strickland leaped 41-03.25 for a win in her first collegiate competition. Earlier, in the long jump, Strickland finished at the back of a Cal trio that went 2-3-4 with Qadriyyah Abdulla jumping 18-08.00 and Elzunia Lamb jumping 18-06.50 finishing just three quarters of an inch in front of Strickland who leaped 18-05.75. In the shot put, freshman Missy Faubus finished second behind Ram's All-American Loree Smith with a throw of 58-10.25. Teammate Kelechi Anyanwu came in third with a toss of 45-11.75.
In the men's 60m dash, multi-eventer and freshman Stephen Conrad established that he has the explosive strength to earn a place among Cal's other vaunted decathletes by running 6.91 out of a second heat, finishing in fourth by mere thousandths. In the 400m Darren Woods won easily with a 48.22. Thomas Mack improved his indoor best in the 60mh to 8.02 and notched a close win. Redshirt freshman Craig Gallimore finished fourth in 8.27 after coming off injury. In the mile relay, the men's team barely lost to Colorado with a much improved time of 3:16.91. On the field David Glasgow, improved his season best in the high jump to 6-11.50 and an easy win.
Osarheiman Omwanghe and Rhuben Williams both recorded NCAA qualifying marks in their respective events the 60mh and the shot put. Both athletes won their events quite handily with Omwanghe beating out the competition by almost half a second in a 8.38 clocking. Omwanghe also ran the opening leg on the women's winning mile relay (3:49.37). Williams meanwhile threw the shot a full meter past second place with a toss of 58-09.25.