Bears Travel to UCLA for Pac-10 Championships

May 10, 2005

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Date .................. Sat.-Sun. May 14-15, 2005Place ................ Los Angeles, CATime .................. All Day


The men's and women's track and field teams will travel this weekend to UCLA for the Pac-10 championships at Drake Stadium. This year, the Pac-10 did away with conference qualifying standards for individual athletes and will allow each team to bring a maximum of 24 athletes to compete for the conference crown. The strong competition on the men's side will come from USC, UCLA, Oregon and ASU. USC and ASU have 22 athletes ranked in the top 10 for the track events up to 800m, which is where both teams will attempt to solidify their point bases. They have extremely strong relays with ASU topping the conference charts for both relay events at 38.71 (4x100m) and 3:02.76 (4x400m). Last year, UCLA won the men's and women's titles. The Bruin women won a total of 173.5 points to beat back another high point total by Stanford of 153 points. Both teams are the top contenders again for the women's title. Oregon and UCLA will earn their points in the field events and have the potential to score strongly in a broad range of events. Last year, the Cal men finished seventh with 75 points, while the women were fifth with 69 points.


The Cal men's ability to score on the track has been severely compromised by injury this season. Most recently sophomore Craig Gallimore pulled his groin in the 110mH at the 111th Big Meet against Stanford. Gallimore was contributing heavily as the anchor leg for the 4x400m relay and had the potential to score in both hurdle events at the conference level. During the indoor season, sophomore Darren Woods fell victim to a hamstring pull in the men's 200m final at the MPSF championships in March. Woods was shaping up to be the team's top sprinter and would have been performing on both relays for the outdoor season.

The Cal throwing corps will again be the stalwart anchor of the men's team as the Bears look to the field events to come up with the bulk of their points. The throwers bring a group that has been steadily setting lifetime bests all season long. Junior Paul Teinert leads the conference list at 235-8 in the javelin with junior Jonas Hallgrimsson at third with 212-11. Sophomore Adam Burgh recently threw a lifetime best of 207-8.5 for the ninth seed. Every throwing event, including the javelin, features at least two Cal athletes ranked in the top 10, with All-American Rhuben Williams featured in three of those pairings. If Williams can throw up to his potential, he has every chance of winning both the hammer throw and shot put, where he ranks fourth and third, respectively.

Other athletes on the men's side ranking in the top 10 include freshman Alex McClary who ran his lifetime best just last weekend at the Modesto Relays against a world class field of professionals. His time of 1:48.84 ranks him eighth in the Pac-10 and someone to watch for an upset. Sophomore Thomas Mack ranks eighth and ninth in the 110mH and 400mH, respectively. In the long jump senior Brandon Williams ranks seventh based on his indoor best of 24-3.5, while freshman Rashaad Nunnally ranks 13th with a jump this year of 23-5.5, but has a lifetime best of 25-1.75. In the high jump, senior David Glasgow and freshman Ed Wright rank fifth and seventh with jumps of 7-0.5 and 6- 10.75, respectively. Both athletes have yet to set their lifetime bests this year.


The Cal women will have a more balanced attack than the men, though they will also be looking to the field for the bulk of their points. On the track, junior Antonette Carter will look to score in both the 100m and 200m. Carter has a time this year of 11.65 in the 100m, seeding her 10th, but her stronger event remains the 200m, where she ranks fourth with a time of 23.55, but can beat the field if she runs her lifetime best of 23.26. Freshman Alysia Johnson had an incredible 400m at the 111th Big Meet where she ran 54.08 to rank higher conference-wise in the 400m than the 800m, her primary event. Johnson currently stands 15th in the 800m. Senior Chloe Jarvis ranks first in the 800m with her time of 2:05.6, but can run as fast as 2:03.62.

The Bears have an incredible amount of depth in the horizontal jumps this year with three athletes ranked in the top 10 in both events. Carter ranks second in the long jump with a mark of 20-8.5, her lifetime best. Freshman Cassandra Strickland has the Bear's highest seed in the triple jump, where she ranks third with a lifetime best set during the indoor season of 42-1.25.

Freshman Missy Faubus ranks in the top 10 for both the discus and the shot put. Faubus threw her lifetime best of 53-0.5 at the 111th Big Meet and eclipsed her previous lifetime best by almost three feet. The throw makes her sixth in the Pac-10. Finally, the hammer throw has two ranked Bears in sophomore Giulia Urlando and sophomore Carrie Johnson, who both set lifetime bests at the 111th Big Meet of 190-6 and 188-7.5, respectively. Urlando's mark makes her the second-best hammer thrower all-time at Cal behind only assistant coach Jennifer Joyce.


All-American Brooke Meredith came into the second day of the Pac-10 heptathlon in fourth on the strength of a first day lifetime-best score of 3,239 points. The first day performance included two lifetime bests in the 100mH and the shot put. Meredith didn't move into third until the final event, the 800m, where she beat Oregon's Lauryn Jordon by over 13 seconds to overtake the Duck by 147 points for a final score of 5,446.

Junior Jonas Hallgrimsson performed similarly by moving into third from fourth at the last event, the 1,500m. Andy Young of Oregon was securely in second and had planned to pace teammate Cody Fleming, whom Hallgrimsson needed to beat by at least a second in order to take third. Throughout the race, Young ran in the lead, yelling encouragement to the athlete behind him whom he assumed was Fleming. At 1,100m, Young finally looked over his shoulder to see Hallgrimsson right on his hip with Fleming trailing badly. Upon seeing this, Young broke pace since he realized he had been helping Hallgrimsson the entire time. Hallgrimsson ended up beating Fleming by more than five seconds to beat the Duck for third by only 12 points.

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