Jarvis Qualifies for NCAA Championships

Feb. 15, 2005

Date	Saturday Feb. 19, 2005Place	Berkeley, CATime	11a.m.


Cal remains home this weekend, where a handful of Golden Bears will compete in an all-comers meet on Saturday, which is held every weekend through February at Edwards Stadium. Head coach Chris Huffins has decided to rest much of his squad from serious competition this week as he prepares the Bears for the MPSF championships February 25-26 in Seattle.


The Bears split their squad and sent their distance runners to the Husky Classic in Seattle at the Dempsey Indoor Facility, while the sprinters and throwers traveled to Boise, Idaho, for the Holiday Inn Invitational. Both meets featured top talent for their respective squads and the Bears rose to the occasion.


The action in Seattle was highlighted for the Bears with Chloe Jarvis' time of 2:08.69 in the 800m, which earns her a provisional berth to the NCAA championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Along with Jarvis' mark, there were six other Golden Bears who broke their previous personal records out of the nine athletes who trekked up to Washington. Andy McClary passed his old personal record in the indoor mile with a mark of 4:17.40. His brother, Alex McClary, came close to his indoor personal record in the 800m, managing a 1:50.94 effort, good enough for fourth in his heat and overall. In the 3,000m, school record holder in the outdoor 10,000m, Giliat Ghebray, broke his personal record and finished seventh out of 60 athletes, running 8:06.42. Kevin Davis, junior national champion in the 3,000SC, also broke his personal record in the 3000m with a time of 8:17.23. All-American, Bridget Duffy broke her career record in the women's 3,000m, as did teammate Abby Parker, running 9:43.52 and 9:53.06 respectively.


The Bears had plenty of success at Boise State's world class facility in Nampa. In the 400m, the Golden Bears had a total of three athletes hit seasonal bests. Darren Woods ran 47.82, which gave him third place behind Kelly Willie of LSU, who broke a venue record set by 2004 Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner. In separate heats, Nestor Solis ran 48.87 while Jonathon Suddaby clocked a 48.98, foreshadowing what should be an exciting 4x400m relay at the MPSF championships. Woods followed his fast performance in the 400m with a 21.46 in the 200m, good for sixth and only two-tenths away from an NCAA provisional time. In the shot put, All-American Rhuben Williams easily beat out the competition by his second throw with a toss of 59-03.00. He followed that effort with a series of fouls attempting to blast the shot clear to an NCAA automatic qualifier. Teammate Craig Kent produced a massive PR with a toss of 58-02.00 and came in fourth place overall.


Chloe Jarvis adds herself to the group of Golden Bear Athletes who have already qualified for the NCAA championships to be held at the University of Arkansas in March. Cal hurdler Osarheimen Omwanghe ran 8.38 in the 60mH to break her own school record by .10 and earn an NCAA qualifying mark at the Air Force Classic. The junior won the 60mH and ran the opening leg on the winning women's relay team, which came in at 3:49.97. Rhuben Williams earned his NCAA berth at Air Force as well, with a toss of 58-09.25 in the shot put, which falls well short of his lifetime best of 64-09.75. His performance at the Holiday Inn Invitational, where he threw 59-03.00, bests that mark and moves him even higher up the national list.


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 championships. 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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