Select Athletes to Compete at Penn Relays
April 26, 2005
Berkeley, CA -
Date Thursday-Saturday April 28-30, 2005Place Philidelphia, PATime All-Day
THE OLDEST AND BIGGEST
Inaugurated in 1894, the Penn Relays has grown to become the largest and well-known relay carnival in the world. Last year the meet featured a three-day attendance of 112,701 and had 50,000 track fans present for the final day of competition which featured performances from such track luminaries as Marion Jones and Alan Webb. This year, Olympic gold medalists Justin Gatlin and Shawn Crawford have both been confirmed for the meet along with athletes from 240 different universities and 960 high schools.
JARVIS ANCHORS TWO STRONG RELAYS
The Golden Bears will be using eight athletes to run three different relays on Saturday. Through the strength of All-American Chloe Jarvis, the women's sprint medley relay and 4x800m relay will be two of the strongest teams on the track Saturday. The women's 4x800m will use freshman Alysia Johnson, sophomore Whitney Schmucker, senior Lindsey Maclise and Jarvis. All the women are capable of producing half-mile times of 2:08 or better while Jarvis has a lifetime best of 2:03.62. The team is entirely capable of winning as well as breaking the school record of 8:53.2, which has stood since 1980 and stands as the oldest record on the women's side. Beyond the strength of their times all the women on the 4x800m relay have shown their competitive mettle throughout the year and will likely rise against Arkansas and Cornell who have been projected to win. The Arkansas 4x800m will be anchored by Jamaican senior Aneita Denton, the 2005 NCAA Indoor champion at 800m. Cornell meanwhile fields a pair of 2:06 half-milers with backup from another pair of 2:08 runners. No Ivy League women's team has ever won a Penn Relays championship.
The sprint medley, which consists of two 200m legs, a 400m leg and an 800m leg, will be run by junior Antonette Carter, senior Shannan Hawes, Alysia Johnson and Jarvis. Carter and Johnson will both be doing duty as the 200m legs, while Johnson will perform the 400m leg. Jarvis will be running her second 800m as part of the sprint medley. Last summer Carter was a semi-finalist in the 200m at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials and has run times in the event comparable to her performances from last summer. Hawes has been closing her senior year out in comparable form, producing lifetime bests this season in both sprint events while contributing to the 2004 school record breaking 4x100m relay team. Johnson turned heads last weekend at the 111th Big Meet where she competed in the 400m and 4x400m relay instead of her signature event the 800m. The California State High School champion ran a lifetime best of 54.08 to finish third and trumped that time by running 53.0 on the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay. The strong competition will come from SEC powerhouses LSU and Tennessee. LSU's relay features an Olympian in Kelly Ann Baptiste of Trinidad along with World Juniors gold medalist Deonna Lawrence. The school record for the women's sprint medley relay was broken earlier this year at the Florida Relays by the same group of women that lost only to Tennessee and South Carolina.
The women's 4x100m has produced some outstanding times this year. Among them a 45.07 clocking at the Golden Bear Invitational and 45.12 last weekend at the 2005 Big Meet. The 4x100m relay will use the exact same configuration that set the school record last year at 44.28 in a fourth-place finish at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships. The team at Philadelphia will use junior Osarhiemen Omwanghe, junior Tiffany Johnson, Hawes and Carter. Carter, Johnson and Hawes all have their names on the Cal all-time list for 100m, while Omwanghe owns the school record in the 100mH at 13.43. If Cal can win once, it will be the first Penn Relay title in school history.
Cal's chances for winning a championship won't rest soley on the women's relays. Senior high jumper David Glasgow, will also be traveling as well to face up against the best high jump field the 2005 season has seen thus far. Two high jumpers from Nebraska have marks of 7-3.75, Florida Gator Michael Morrison owns a best of 7-4.5 and Andra Manson of Texas has a lifetime mark of 7-7. The field will give Glasgow an excellent opportunity to improve his lifetime best of 7-1.
THE CARDINAL INVITATIONAL
Sunday, Stanford will host the Cardinal Invitational at Cobb Track and Angell Field. Catering primarily to distance events, the meet includes all events while saving the cool evening weather for the longer races for which Stanford has made itself known. Cal will be competing a very limited number of athletes in the meet who are still on the bubble for NCAA qualifying marks in individual events. The deadline to earn a qualifying mark for the 2005 NCAA West Regional is May 15th, incidentally the last day of competition at the Pac-10 Championships hosted by UCLA. The NCAA West Regional will be hosted by Oregon May 27-28. This year the Pac-10 has done away with qualifying standards for the 2005 championships and instead will be limiting each team to 24 entries for each gender.
The men's team has produced NCAA qualifying marks in 11 events while the women have managed 15.
BIG MEET RECAP
The men's team won the 111th Big Meet hosted by Stanford marking the first time since 1999 that the men have been able to beat the Cardinal at home. Last year, the men beat the Cardinal at Berkeley in a landslide 96-66 victory. This year victory was not assured until junior decathlete Scott Sobieralski used a lifetime best of 16-7 in the pole vault to secure a win and five points against two full-time pole vaulters from Stanford. Sobieralski has been confined to competing solely in the pole vault this year due to injury. Sobieralski's new mark puts him within 1.75 inches of the Cal all-time list and qualifies him for the NCAA regionals.
The women had a tougher time in a 97-66 loss. The victory for the Cardinal extends its winning streak to five against Cal. Despite the loss, some great performances came out of the meet. Alysia Johnson emerged as a potentially dominant 400m runner in clocking 54.08, while freshman Missy Faubus produced a massive lifetime best in the shot put of 53-0.75 to eclipse her old mark by almost three feet. Faubus followed the performance with a victory over four other Cardinals in the discus, beating out the next closest competitor by six feet.
Finally, freshman John Ludden set the tone for the men's team by throwing a lifetime best in the hammer to beat out All-American Rhuben Williams and win the event. The mark of 191-8 landed just inside the sector line and gives Ludden an NCAA qualifier.