Williams Drops Heavy Hand on Field in Men's Weight Throw
Feb. 26, 2005
Seattle, WA -
The Golden Bearsrapped up their first day of preliminary competition at the MPSF championshipsin Seattle today. After scoring only four events on the men's side the Bearshave 39 points over second place UCLA at 19 points. On the women's side Stanfordleads at 37.5 points while Cal sits in last with only two points. The women willimprove their standing heartily tomorrow when their high scoring track eventstake place. Along with a countless number of personal records set by Calathletes, eight school records fell in preliminary and final competitions whileRhuben Williams earned the first conference crown for the Bears in themen's weight throw.
The women's longjump started off with five Cal athletes in a field of 18. Of the five, Cassandra Strickland, Elzunia Lamb and Qadriyyah Abdullah madesignificant personal records that carried them into the finals, where Abdullahfouled her fifth and final jump, landing her well past six meters. The girlsfinished fourth, sixth, and eighth with Abdullah on top at 5.98m (19-07.50),Strickland at 5.88m (19-02.00) and Lamb at 5.64m (18-07.00).
Giulia Urlando was the sole Cal competitor in the 25 lb weight throw whereshe had a hard time throwing up to her potential where she managed to match herPR of 16.40m, but had difficulty in the finals, where preliminary marks wouldnot count towards the final standings and finished in eleventh place after a15.44m (50-00.50) effort.
Freshman BrookTurner was the only Cal athlete in the 400m, but she ran the second fastesttime in the field winning her heat and breaking her first school record of theday, blazing a 55.48 to finish nearly a half-second ahead of the next fastestrunner.
JuniorOsarhiemen Omwanghe won a hotly contested preliminary heat in the 60mH whereshe was the fourth fastest time of the day. Running well behind her personalbest of 8.38, Omwanghe beat back Arizona's Jennifer Whitlock and clocked 8.50.She'll have tough competition tomorrow against UCLA's Dawn Harper and AshelyLordee of Washington.
Two Golden Bearsmanaged to make it into tomorrow's finals in the 60m. Senior Shannon Haweswas Cal's fastest qualifier, coming in at 7.62, beating her seasonal best by.01. Sophomore Tiffany Johnson won her heat in 7.63 and advanced as well.
Chloe Jarvis built on the dominance she has been displaying in hersignature event through the indoor season by coming within a second of the NCAAautomatic qualifying time in the preliminary heats running 2:06.95. Jarvis wonher heat easily and beat out the rest of the field by nearly three seconds whilestill conserving energy for tomorrow's final. Freshman Alysia Johnsonfinished third in her heat at 2:09.34 and still had the fourth fastest timeoverall, which gave her an easy berth to the finals.
Abby Parker finished in sixth place with a time of 17:14.44, breakingthe school record set in 1994 by Tenaya Sodeman. Parker has an outdoor PR of17:12.69 in the 5000m.
All three athletesthe Bears had entered in the 200m managed to qualify for the finals. BrookTurner and Shannon Hawes both won their heats as Turner broke theschool record with a 24.70 clocking and Hawes ran 24.72, which also would havebroke the old school record. The third Bear to qualify, Tiffany Johnsonqualified at 25.04.
The women's relayran into some trouble when freshman Alysia Johnson went for a dangerouspass during the 400m leg and ended up getting tripped. Senior Lindsay Maclisethen took the baton and managed to keep Cal in the race and gained heartily onthe Oregon and Stanford teams. Senior Bridget Duffy then got the batonand held on for a third place finish and saw another school record broken.
Cal pole vaultersKatie Morgan and Danielle Navarre both made 3.62m which tied themfor 12th place.
Andy McClary broke his lifetime best by eight seconds in the preliminaryheats for the mile run coming in at 4:09.93. McClary had to settle for a 14thplace finish in a fast field that saw 4:07.53 as the slowest time to make thefinals.
Darren Woods and Jonathan Suddaby both had great preliminary racesin the men's 400m. Suddaby ran a strong opening 150 and held on to second clearto the tape finishing in 48.00 for a lifetime best. Woods dashed out fast in thebeginning of his heat and was first to the pole, giving him an easy opportunityto secure a win in his heat where he finished in an indoor lifetime best of46.90, crushing his own school record of 47.69 set by Woods at the MPSF meetlast year.
Thomas Mack ran only .01 above his personal record in his heat of the60mH to come in at 8.03, while teammate Craig Gallimore shaved almosttwo-tenths off his indoor best to come in at 8.10. Despite clobbering the firsthurdle, Gallimore managed to stay in the race and came in fourth. The effort wasfor naught, as Gallimore was the fastest time not to qualify for the finals.Mack's time made him the 6th fastest qualifier and secured a lane in the finalsfor tomorrow.
Golden Bearsprinter Toby Atawo was the only bear out of three entered who managed tomake it to the finals clocking 6.86, good enough for second in his heat and asixth place seed in the finals. In the first heat of the 60m, RashaadNunnally and Steven Conrad both raced to 3rd and 4th place finishes,coming in at 6.90 and 6.97 respectively but missed the finals. 6.89 was theslowest time to advance.
Freshman AlexMcClary ran 1:51.73 wasting no effort in the qualifying rounds by securingthe second-to-last qualifying spot with a time only .79 behind his personalbest. Senior Randy Fair had to withdraw from the race due to apre-existing foot injury.
Girmay Guangul, school record holder in the 10,000m, added the indoor 5000mschool record to his resume in a third place finish. The time was also good foran NCAA provisional qualifier.
After breaking hisown school record in the 400m sophomore Darren Woods cruised to within ahundredth of Senior Toby Atawo's school record. Meanwhile, Atawo won hisown heat in a time of 21.78 and advanced to the finals where any furtherattempts on the record will now have to take place.
The men's DMR setthe last school record of the day in its third place finish behind UCLA andStanford. The team of Davis, Solis, McClary and Ghebray shared the third placespot with Arizona for much of the race and finally broke away to finish fiveseconds ahead of Arizona's team.
Both BrandonWilliams and Stephen Conrad jumped to personal bests. After the firstflight Williams stood in first place with a jump of 7.38m (24-02.50) whichremained his best mark through the finals and gave him a fifth place finish.Conrad jumped 7.15m (23-05.50), just shy of a scoring place.
In the weightthrow, the men dominated as all four Golden Bears threw seasonal bests and teamcaptain Rhuben Williams led a Cal 1-2-6-7 finish which scored a total of23 points. Nate Rolfe was second and threw a personal best mark of 18.10m(59-04.75). Senior Tony Miranda and redshirt freshman John Luddencame in sixth and seventh respectively where Miranda threw 17.37m (57-00.00) andLudden threw 16.93m (55-06.50).
Competitioncontinues tomorrow with the finals for events that have not already been scored
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