Cal Alumni Beat Back Weather and Field to Win Hammer Events

April 8, 2005

Berkeley, CA -

After a steady rain cast serious doubts on the viability of the 2005 Brutus Hamilton Memorial Invitational, the weather finally broke in time for the start of the women's hammer throw. Cal assistant coach and alum Jennifer Joyce led the field from the first throw and ended up beating the next farthest thrower, Loree Smith of Colorado State, by almost two meters. The Canadian national record holder sealed up victory with a toss of 67.32m (220-10.5), her best season opener ever. Cal's highest collegiate finisher, Giulia Urlando, finished third among collegiates with a lifetime best of 56.74m (186-1.75).

After it appeared the weather would hold for the remainder of the meet, a fierce gale began to blow complete with sideways rain. With a group of athletes struggling to hold an awning down not fifteen feet away, Cal alum Travis Nutter defied the weather, physics and common sense by stepping into the slippery ring and launching his best throw of the day at 69.86m (229-2.5). The winning throw makes Nutter the fourth best mark in the country this year. Last summer Nutter was third at the U.S. Olympic Trials where he threw 72.46m (237-9). Senior Rhuben Williams was the highest Cal finisher in the event at sixth place with a seasonal PR of 59.66m (195-9) making him 28th on the NCAA national list. Freshman John Ludden also PR'd with a throw of 54.63m (179-3).

Another Cal alum won the women's discus. Dana Lawson, who is number five on Cal's All-Time list, threw for 50.25m (164-10.5) to win the event. Freshman Missy Faubus was Cal's highest finisher throwing for 47.99m (157-5.5) to grab second among the collegiate athletes and third overall.

Amidst the difficult weather, a group of Cal triple jumpers took four of the top six places. The women's triple jump was won by Freshman Cassandra Strickland with a mark of 12.54m (41-1.75). The jump gives Strickland a new non-wind aided seasonal PR that places her 17th on the collegiate national list. Strickland's jump, which was into a headwind of -0.2 m/s, ties her for fourth on Cal's All-Time List with Shawna Adkins.

In the men's 5,000m, Senior Carlos Carballo came within five seconds of beating former Cardinal and 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials champion Gabe Jennings. Carballo ran behind Jennings for the first three miles. With two laps to go, Carballo overtook Jennings and ran ahead until the last 200m when Jenning's 1,500m speed kicked in and allowed him to run from Carballo altogether. Carballo, who owns a lifetime best of 14:31.98, ran a final time of 14:50.53.

Due to time constraints, the men's discus was split into two sections with the second section being contested tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.

The 2005 Brutus Hamilton Memorial Invitational continues tomorrow with day two events.