Women Dominate Wolfpack While Men Fall Four Inches from Beating Illini

April 2, 2005

Final Stats

Berkeley, CA - In a meet that was closer for the men than the overall team score could ever betray, the Cal lost to Illinois in one of the most exciting conclusions to a track meet at Edwards Stadium since Cal ended USC's 43 year long win streak during the heyday of Trojan Vern Wolfe. In a meet where every single win counted for either side, the Illini eventually came out on top 100-97. At the conclusion of the track events, Cal stood in the lead 98-92, while the triple jump was still being contested. Illinois' Nick Brown and Josh Fournier were in first and second. Cal would need Freshman Yahya Abdul-Mateen or senior high jumper David Glasgow to produce a mark that would put either of them in second place in order to displace enough points to keep Cal in the lead. With both teams lined up along the runway to cheer their potential heroes; Abdul-Mateen produced a personal best jump of 13.94m (45-09.00), but would still fall four inches short of taking second place from Fournier who finished at 14.06m (46-01.50).

The Women, meanwhile posted a lop-sided victory against the University of Nevada Reno Wolfpack at 129-72. On the track, the Cal women won the top two places in every event between 100m and 1,500m. The only events that the Bears allowed Reno to win were the javelin and the steeplechase.


Senior Shannan Hawes had double wins in the 100m and 200m and PR'd in the 100m with a time of 11.91, which was only a thousandth-of-a-second away from putting her on Cal's All-Time List. Brook Turner finished second behind Hawes in the 200m at 24.78 and won the 400m at 55.64.

In the middle distances, the Bears had a 1-2-3 finish in the 800m with Senior Chloe Jarvis clocking 2:09.28, Freshman Alysia Johnson clocking 2:10.26 and Senior Lindsey Maclise at 2:10.71. All-American Bridget Duffy finished first in the 1,500m at 4:33.94, while Sophomore Whitney Schmucker competed out of her usual event, the 800m, and came in second at 4:41.61.

Cal Senior Maja Ruznic won the 3,000m at 10:08.00, while Maclise followed her performance in the 800m with a third place finish at 10:19.53.

Junior Osarhiemen Omwanghe posted an easy double in the hurdles winning the 100mH in 13.88 and the 400mH in 1:03.01.

In the women's pole vault, freshman and Jr. All-American Katie Morgan vaulted a lifetime best of 3.97m (13-00.25) to win the event and eclipse her old high school personal best of 12-10.50.

In the javelin Junior Elzunia Lamb finished in second with a lifetime best throw of 43.30m (142-01) to move her into the number three spot on the Cal All-Time list behind current school record holder Brooke Meredith and former Cal multi-eventer Missy Vanek. The throw beat Lamb's old best of 126-10 by almost 16 feet.

Freshman Cassandra Strickland posted another double in the long and triple jumps. Her winning mark in the triple jump of 12.35m (40-06.25) would have put her at number seven on Cal's All-Time list except for an excessive wind reading of 2.3 m/s.

Freshman Missy Faubus had a double win in the shot put and discus for the second home meet in a row winning the shot put in 14.59m (47-10.50) and the discus in 49.37m (162-00). Sophomore Kelechi Anyanwu finished second in the shot put with a lifetime best throw of 13.85m (45-05.25), which makes her number ten on Cal's All-Time list and marks her first appearance in the Cal record books. Third year Head Coach Chris Huffins was extremely pleased with the performance of the women's team: 'We came up with a dominating and astounding performance and more than anything I think I'm pleased with the number of regional qualifiers.'


'It was a hard fought battle that went down the end...and I think the men's triple jump competition was as gripping as one can be with a 46 foot triple jump. The whole team lined the runway and Yayah [Abdul-Mateen] came up with a two-foot PR and Dave [Glasgow] came up with a PR, but we were just a little bit short.' The spirited loss certainly made anyone who came for popcorn and sunshine a fan of Cal Track and Field as the pivotal loss in the triple jump was not the nearest miss for the men's team. In the long jump, both Nick Brown of Illinois and Cal Junior Brandon Williams had jumps of 7.31m (23-11.75). The tie caused the officials to consider the next longest mark giving the event and the points to Brown and the Illini.

On the track Senior Toby Atawo had a career day in the 100m and 200m winning the former in 10.61 and equaling his lifetime best of 21.24 in the 200m. Freshman Rashaad Nunnally came in a close second behind Atawo in the 100m at 10.66 into a slight headwind of -0.2 m/s.

The Illinois men took their pound of flesh in the track events from 400m and up. Cal had a difficult time winning points away from Illinois the 1,500m falling as an exception where Sophomore Giliat Ghebray ran a personal best time to win the event in 3:51.41. Freshman Andy McClary finished third with 3:52.78 in a race where the top three times were separated by just over a second.

In the high hurdles Sophomore Thomas Mack won with a lifetime best of 14.12 with Redshirt Freshman Craig Gallimore coming in at 14.37 for third place only .03 ahead of fourth place finisher Andre English of Illinois and .06 behind second place finisher Abe Jones also of Illinois. Gallimore saved his lifetime best performance of the day for the 400mH where he clocked 53.13 for third place behind Illinois All-Americans Abe Jones and Adrian Walker.

Cal's predicted dominance in the throws materialized most starkly as a 1-6 finish in the javelin. Junior transfer Paul Teinert made good on predictions that he would have the school record within his first meet with a winning throw of 71.05m (233-01) beating Joe Berro's school record of 229-00 by four feet while eclipsing his lifetime best of 220-00. Junior Jonas Hallgrimsson, who has been coming off a hamstring injury, finished second with another personal best effort of 62.79m (206-00). Hallgrimsson's previous best in the event was 204-00.

All-American Rhuben Williams won both the hammer and shot put with marks of 18.81m (61-08.50) and 71.05m (233-01), respectively. Redshirt Freshman Craig Kent finished second in the shot put with a lifetime best of 16.37m (53-08.50).

In the discus Senior Tony Miranda has continued his auspicious start from the Florida relays, where he finished second, with another lifetime best performance of 55.82m (183-02). The mark overshadowed second place by over ten feet. The only Cal athlete to loose to an Illini in any throwing event was Junior Jonas Hallgrimsson in the discus...who competes as a decathlete.

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