Split Squads Head to Seattle and Boise

Feb. 8, 2005

Date	Saturday Feb. 11-12, 2005Place	Seattle, WA and Boise, IDTime	All Day

The Bears will split their squads this week as different event groups head to different venues to compete and attempt to earn NCAA indoor championship qualifying marks. The sprint and power groups will head to Boise State. The six-lane banked track features a mondo surface and steel superstructure that makes it one of the premiere indoor tracks in the country and extremely conducive to fast times. Meanwhile, the distance and middle-distance groups will go to Seattle for the Husky Classic which features a flat over-sized oval with a mondo surface, more conducive to fast distance times since the track doesn't involve running uphill on banked turns.

Cal brought several athletes from its top-ranked freshman class to Colorado Springs last week for their first collegiate competitions in a California uniform. The junior transfers and freshmen alike set marks that have established them as point contributers on the conference level and evidences a period of huge growth for the track and field teams. Junior transfer Tiffany Johnson posted a win in the 60m in 7.59 and a second-place finish in the 200m at 24.99. In the 800m, freshman Alysia Johnson won in 2:16.54 in her first collegitate competition. Freshman Cassandra Strickland beat out the field in the triple jump leaping 41-03.25 and finished at the back of a Cal trio that went 2-3-4 in the long jump. Finally, freshman shot putter Missy Faubus had a second-place finish with a toss of 58-10.25, which lost only to Colorado State All-American, Loree Smith.

On the men's side, there were some impressive performances from some of Cal's veterans as well as the replacements. 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, team captain David Glasgow, improved his season best in the high jump to 6-11.50 and an easy win.

Third year head coach, Chris Huffins, expressed his pleasure with the performances of both squads: 'I'm very, very pleased with both team efforts, and with this meet, we're building towards an excellent team performance at the conference meet.'

Bears freshman decathlete Stephen Conrad, displayed an impressive amount of stamina and ability to perform last weekend in Colorado Springs. Competing in four events, Conrad scored a total of 16 points between the 60m (6.91), the long jump (22-4.25) and the pole vault (12-11.50). The explosive power exhibited by Conrad foreshadows another progidy for assistant coach Ed Miller.

Cal hurdler Osarhiemen Omwanghe ran 8.38 in the 60mH to break her own school record by .10 and earn an NCAA qualifying mark last saturday. The junior won the 60mH and ran the opening leg on the winning women's relay team, which came in at 3:49.97. Team captain, Rhuben Williams, performed a simimlar feat in the shot put, winning and earning an NCAA mark with a toss of 58-09.25, which falls well short of his lifetime best of 64-09.75

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 points, making for its strongest indoor conference showing ever. The women's team finished sixth.

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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