Cal to Close Indoor Season at NCAA Championships

March 8, 2005

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Date Friday-Saturday, March. 11-12, 2005Place Fayetteville, ARTime All Day

Among the eight athletes on the Cal squads that obtained NCAA qualifying marks, only two will actually be going to the NCAA championships in Fayettville, Ark. this weekend to compete. The meet allows anywhere between 14 and 17 athletes per field, depending on the event.

Senior co-captain Chloe Jarvis will cap an outstanding indoor season that has seen her bring her indoor personal best in the 800m to within a second of her outdoor personal best (2:05.12). In defending her title at the MPSF championships, Jarvis broke Louise Romo's school record in the 800m, clocking 2:06.95. Romo's record stood as the oldest on the books for the women's team, set in 1984 at the Millrose Games. Last outdoor season, Jarvis competed at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials making it to the quarterfinals and finishing 27th overall with a time of 2:10.97. Jarvis goes into the competition on Friday ranked 10th in a field of 17.

Men's team co-captain senior Rhuben Williams will travel to Fayettville to throw the shot for the Bears. Williams earned outdoor All-America honors his freshman year and replicated the feat last year, finishing 11th at the 2004 NCAA championships. This indoor season, Williams finished second at the MPSF championships with a school-record throw of 62-04.50 in the shot put. The throw eclipsed his old indoor personal best by more than a foot, which was set last year in Boise, Idaho. Before his finish in the shot put, Williams led a phalanx of Cal throwers who earned 23 points in the weight throw by finishing 1-2-6-7-10. Williams led the next non-Cal thrower in the competition by almost four feet. His mark in the shot put gives Willaims the 10th seed this Saturday in a field of 14.

After Williams and Jarvis, six more Bears earned NCAA provisional qualiferiers that were not quite good enough to get them a ticket to Arkansas. Junior Osarhiemen Omwanghe, finishes ranked 39th in the 60mH with her time of 8.38 set at the Air Force Quadrangular meet. The time is also a school record. Sophomore Darren Woods earned a provisional berth in the 400m with his school-record setting time of 46.90, which ranks him 31st in the nation. Woods is currently recieving treatment for a hamstring pull suffered at the MPSF champsionships. Freshman Cassandra Strickland used a massive personal best in the triple jump to get her name on the national list at 29th. The jump of 42-01.25 beats her old PR by five inches. Sophomore Giliat Ghebray climbed into the top 30 list for the first time in his career with a fourth-place finish at the MPSF championship in the 3000m. Ghebray's time of 8:02.11put him ahead of six other Stanford athletes at the championship meet. Senior Girmay Guangul's third place finish at the MPSF championships and his school-record time of 14:07.95 made him the 31st-fastest time in the nation over 5000m. Freshman Tifani Grimes also cracked the top 40 by ranking 37th in the women's indoor pentathlon with 3,754 points.

The Bears unofficially opened their outdoor season with the Blue and Gold Intersquad meet, which featured spirited competition as the Bears sharpened their teeth in preparation for an outdoor campaign that ends with the NCAA championships in Sacramento, Calif. Among the highlights were junior transfer Paul Teinert beating the school record in the javelin with a toss of 70.61m (231-8.00). This beats Joe Berro's mark of 229-0 set in 2003. Freshman Emiliee Strot broke the women's freshman class record in the discus, throwing 52.55m (172-05.00). Strott's throw would have placed her seventh on the all-time list which is headed by Sheni Russel at 181-02. At the 2004 NCAA championships, Russel gained All-American status with a throw of 53.32m (174-11.00). None of the school records will count since the competition was strictly informal.

The Bears concluded their 2004 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. This year both Meredith and Wilburn have been forced to cut their seasons short due to injury.

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