Golden Bear Invitational to Close Home Season

April 12, 2005

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Date	Saturday April 16, 2005Place	Berkeley, CATime	All Day


The Golden Bear Invitational closes the 2005 home season for Cal. Today's meet will feature some excellent matchups on the track, as well as some extremely fierce fields in the throwing evenets. The Cal men's and women's teams are ranked third and second, respecitvely, by the National Power Rankings and will have a chance to test that number out against Stanford next weekend at the 111th Big Meet.


This meet will be non-scoring and will feature full teams from Oregon, Houston, Boise State and Sacramento State, along with a limited number of open/unattached athletes.


The men's and women's javelin will be among the most hotly contested events as both fields feature more regional qualifers than any other event. On the women's side, Oregon brings three athletes who have all thrown the current regional mark of 43.15m (141-7), including All-Americans Sara Malone, who owns a lifetime best of 179-7, and Elisa Crumley (167-7). Sacramento State will bring Ashley Ast, who recently threw 145-4.5 at the Hornet Invitational. Cal's school record holder, senior All-American Brooke Meredith, who owns a lifetime best of 148-0, and junior Elzunia Lamb, who recently PR'd with a throw of 142-0.75, will be Cal's top contenders.

The men's javelin features 11 throwers entered with marks over 200-0. Headlining the group will be Canadian national record holder Scott Russell who leads the field at 267-11. He will be challenged most fiercely by Boise State's own NCAA champion Wallin Gabriel who is entered at 265-9.75. Gabriel heads a triad of Boise State javelin throwers who have all gone over 200-0. Nat Putnam has a mark this year of 209-8, while Scott Viafore threw 208-8.75 at the same meet. Both athlets are freshman. Cal answers with its own trio of throwers who have all exceeded 200-0. That group is headed by newly crowned Cal school record holder, junior Paul Teinert. Teinert has set lifetime bests two weeks in a row, where he started with a throw of 233-01 and followed the next week with a toss of 235-9 to rank fourth in the country. Junior Jonas Hallgrimsson is also coming off a recent PR where he threw 212-11 to rank ninth in the country. Sac State will be sending Ryan Brandel, who has so far thrown 211-0.75 to stand 15th nationally. Oregon brings two closely matched throwers in Matt Adams (202-9) and Brian Wuethrich (202-0.5).


Houston brings a stable of very capable sprinters who combined last week at the Texas Relays to run 45.06 in the women's 4x100m relay. Among that group is sophomore LaDedra Guy, who ran 11.68 at the same meet to crack a regional qualifier. Senior Shannan Hawes has Cal's top mark in the 100m this year with 11.84. Junior Antonette Carter has yet to run the 100m this season, but owns a PR of 11.49 and clocked 23.55 in the 200m last weekend. Meanwhile, Cal's 4x100m relay team of Brook Turner, Osarhiemen Omwanghe, Hawes and Carter came in at 45.45 to win at last weekend's Brutus Hamilton Invitational.

In the men's sprints, Houston dashers Preston Perry and Carey LaCour have some of the fastest marks in the country. LaCour ran 20.73 in the 200m last month to put up the third-fastest time in the nation. Perry, meanwhile ,has a seasonal best of 10.33 to tie for 12th on the national list. Cal sprinters will have their hands full with the pair who have put together a time of 39.27 in the 4x100m relay.

In the women's hurdles, Houston's Alicia Cave has a best this year of 13.40, which she ran at last weekend's Texas Relays. Cal will challenge her with Omwange who has only run 13.79 so far this year, but own a lifetime best of 13.43 run just last year. On the men's side, Houston brings Andrew Caruther, who ran 14.13 the same weekend Cal sophomore Thomas Mack ran 14.12 for a lifetime best. Also watch for Cal sophomore Craig Gallimore to be a factor as well.

The men's 4x400m relay should be one of the fastest events of the day with a Houston team that has run 3:09.05 this year going up against an Oregon team that ran 3:05.25 indoors at the NCAA championships. The Cal team recently pushed to a 3:11.64 clocking at last weekend's Brutus Hamilton Invitational and has potential to go faster.


The men's high jump will pit Cal senior David Glasgow against Houston's Tristian Whitley. Whitley owns a lifetime best of 7-2.5 while Glasgow has jumped as high as 7-1, while both athletes have posted marks this year only an inch away from each other; Whitley jumped 7-0.75 last month and Glasgow has a seaonsal best of 7-0. Cal Freshman Ed Wright boasts a comparable PR of 7-0, as well, and could win it if he puts together a solid series of jumps.

The women's pole vault has a group of comparable athletes with regional marks. beginning with Cal senior Danielle Navarre, who has vaulted 12-5.75 this year. Oregon brings two vaulters with identical marks of 12-5.75, Emily Enders and Hannah Morre. Cal freshman Katie Morgan will headline the event. She had a lifetime best two weeks ago against Nevada of 13-0.5 to make her the eighth-best collegian in the country.


Cal freshman Missy Faubus will go up against Oregon's Bree Fuqua twice, once in the shot and once in the discus. Faubus will have the advantage in the discus where she is currently ranked 16th in the country with a mark of 166-11 to Fuqua's165-4. In the shot, Fuqua has throw as far as 53-0 while Faubus has yet to break the 50-foot mark.

In the men's discus, Cal senior Tony Miranda will be looking to make amends after fouling out at last weekend's Brutus Hamilton Invitational. He'll have his chance against Steffan Jonsson of Boise State, who has thrown 181-1.5. Miranda leads that mark with a toss of 183-1.75 against Illinois two weeks ago.

The women's hammer throw will closely match up Cal sophomore Giulia Urlando against Oregon's Brittany Hinchcliffe. Urlando had a lifetime best throw at home last weekend of 186-2, while Hinchcliffe has produced a mark of 184-1. Hinchcliff's lifetime best stands at 200-3 and would put her in the top 10 nationally if she can reproduce such a mark.

The men's hammer throw threatens to unseat the javelin as the event to watch in terms of national qualifers. Five athletes have NCAA marks with Boise State's Mattias Jons heading the group at fifth in the nation. Jons has a lifetime best of 225-5 and has thrown 216-1 this season. Oregon's Paul Etter stands as Jons' best chance for defeat. Etter threw his lifetime best earlier this year of 203.0-75. Geoff Fong of Sacramento State is the final hammer thrower in the meet over 200-0 this year. Fong threw 201-5 two weeks ago at home. Cal All-AmericanRhuben Williams hasn't broken 200-0 this year, but does own a lifetime best of 205-2. His mark this year stands at 195-9.


The eighth annual Brutus Hamilton Invitaional was headlined by an exteremly high powered women's long jump field that featured five athletes over 20-0. Four of those athletes were collegians, while the fifth was Cal alum and Olympian Grace Upshaw. Upshaw's winning mark of 21-10.75 puts her on top of the U.S. national list and is the fourth-best mark in the world this year.

Chloe Jarvis set a seasonal PR in the 800m and came within a half-second of her lifetime best in running 2:05.61. The indoor All-American was up against Iowa State's Ada Anderson, who beat Jarvis at the Indoor NCAA championships. The time puts her on top of the collegiate national list.

Cal alum Tim Bogdanof clocked 13.67 in winning his heat of the 110mH. Due to injury he was forced to withdraw from the finals, but the time lead the U.S. national list and makes him the eighth-fastest hurdler in the world this year.