Jarvis Wins 800m at Pac-10 Championship.

May 15, 2005

Los Angeles, CA -

Going into the second day the men's team stood in fourth with 38 points, largely onthe strength of juniors Paul Teinert's and Jonas Hallgrimsson'spoints in the javelin where they finished first and fifth, respectively. Today'scompetition was highlighted by a win for senior Chloe Jarvis in the 800mand the third place finish of the women's 4x400m relay. A pair of auspiciousperformances by the McClary brothers in the 800m and 1,500m bode extremely wellfor Cal's middle distance future as well.

ON THE FIELD

WOMEN'S HAMMER-The second day started off with the women's hammer competitionand saw two Golden Bears scoring in the finals. Sophomore Carrie Johnsonwas Cal's top finisher at sixth place. Johnson threw 173-4 in the prelims andwas able to hold the position through the finals. Sophomore AlexandraHunnings had her best throw of the day in the prelims as well. Her toss of173-4 in the prelims withstood an improvement by Katie Kersh of Oregon who camewithin 16 inches of Hunnings mark in the finals for the last scoring place. Thetwo Cal underclassmen scored a total of four points for the women's side. Theevent was won in the prelims by Jessica Cosby of UCLA who threw 211-10 in theprelims and 216-10 in the finals to be the only thrower over 200-0.

WOMEN'S DISCUS-Freshman Missy Faubus came into the event with aseasonal best of 166-11 that would need to be improved against a tough fieldwith 10 other throwers over 50.0m if she wanted to score. Faubus did just thatby tossing a tremendous seasonal best of 169-3 giving her the last scoring spot.Kamaiya Warren of UCLA had the winning throw of 183-3 to beat Ilona Rutjes ofArizona by just three inches.

MEN'S HIGH JUMP-In an odd twist, freshman Ed Wright beat senior David Glasgow for the first time in his young career. Glasgow cleared6-10.75 for fifth place, but could not clear the bar at 6-11.75. Wright hadclean jumps all the way up to 6-11.75 to tie for third with Washington's NorrisFrederick. The combined point total in the high jump for the Bears came out to9.5 due to the tie. Jesse Williams of USC won the event outright, clearing thebar all the way to 7-5.75.

MEN'S DISCUS-Senior Tony Miranda was the only Bear to qualify for thediscus finals out of group of four Cal throwers. Miranda threw just a foot shortof his lifetime best in the prelims at 182-2 to come into the finals at fourthwhere he would finish. Miranda's toss was good enough for five points. The eventwas won by Michael Robertson of Stanford at 193-7. Robertson is a fresh transferfrom SMU and a former teammate of Golden Bear Paul Teinert.

WOMEN'S TRIPLE JUMP-Freshman Cassandra Strickland and junior TrinetyWhite both scored handily in the triple jump. The event was paced by EricaMcLain of Stanford who set the national junior record twice, enroute to an easywin. Strickland meanwhile produced a jump of 41-5.75 in the prelim, which shewas not quite able to improve on in the finals. The jump was good enough forthird place, while White leaped 40-4 to come within just a quarter inch of herlifetime best and sixth place. The pair scored a total of nine points for thewomen.

AND AROUND THE TRACK

WOMEN'S 4X100m RELAY-The Cal women have been posting faster and faster timesall season long, and with their latest configuration of Omwanghe, Johnson,Hawes, and Carter (which is the exact same team from last year), the Bears hopeto improve on their seasonal best of 45.07, which ranks them right in the middle of the Pac-10. That same team ran 44.28last year in setting the school record, meaning a sub 44.00 clocking falls within theability of the four-some. Omwanghe got out well with the rest of the field while ASU was first to the exchange. Omwanghe passed the baton off to Johnson cleanlyand Johnson got to work moving down the back-stretch. Hawes and Johnson managedan excellent exchange despite jostling and a tripped athlete in another lane.Hawes moved on the rest of the field dramatically through the wide turns ofDrake Stadium giving the baton to Carter in third for yet another perfectexchange. Carter made up ground on Stanford with USC way out ahead, but couldnot quite catch the Cardinal. Cal came in at 44.68 behind Stanford's 44.49 and USC's 43.66. Score six points for Cal.

MEN'S 4X100m RELAY-The Golden Bears would be fielding a team that had theeighth best seed coming in ahead of only Stanford. Their seed mark of 40.64 wasrun with a different anchor as well. In a race that was near technically perfect, the team ofKarl, Atawo, Nunnally, and Mack ran clear away from Stanford at the Big Meet,but would be without Mack who had dropped from the relay in order to concentrateon the hurdles. Senior Ricci Dula with his long experience as anchor ofthe Cal relay, would be performing the duty again. Karl ran out of the hole withnearly the entire field getting to the first exchange at the same time. Karl'shand-off to Atawo went smoothly as Wes Felix of USC moved past the field and wasfirst to the second exchange. The hand-off between Nunnally and Atawo wentsmoothly, but the field was clearly starting to get away from the Bears.Nunnally had a difficult time getting the baton to Dula who had his arm out toolong for a fast exchange and the Bears would finish ninth at 41.18; out ofscoring position. ASU was the winning team after USC had some botched hand-off'sthat kept the favored team from clinching the win. The Sun Devils would clock39.10.

WOMEN'S 1,500m-Senior Bridget Duffy and senior Lindsey Maclisecame into the finals with preliminary times of 4:30.89 and 4:32.62,respectively. At the start, Stanford's Arianna Lambe lead out first with the CalBears in the middle of the pack. The positions remained largely unchanged withDuffy just ahead of Maclise. At 800m Maclise separated from her pack as a lead pack began to form with Duffy at the back of it. At the bellDuffy was in seventh place with Maclise in eighth. Both athletes began theirkick at 200m as Duffy made a play for sixth, but would finish in seventh at4:23.58 just off her lifetime best. Maclise would finish eighth at4:28.71. Iryna Vashchuk of USC won a hard fought final lap against Stanford'sSara Bei for the win at 4:16.02. Score three points for the Bears.

MEN'S 1,500m-Freshman Andy McClary would run out extremely fast withthe lead pack that came through 800m at 2:05.9. The tall freshman stayed withfast pack pack clear through 1,000m surrounded by shorter runners. At the bellMcClary was at the back of the pack and would have a lot of fighting to do if hewas to score in his first Pac-10 conference championship. The leaders camethrough 1,200m  at 3:05.1 as they got ready for the final push. With only200m to go McClary stood in 12th and would have to rely on his powerful kick tomove into scoring position. McClary's kick did not fail him as he ran pastrunners from Arizona and Stanford to take the final scoring position in the last100m of the race. McClary's time of 3:48.79 falls just behind his lifetime bestof 3:48.01. Jonathan Rankin of UCLA won the event in 3:44.61. Score one pointfor Cal.

WOMEN'S 100mH-Junior Osarhiemen Omwanghe came into the finals with thefourth best time in the prelims and would finish close to it. The junior got outwell, but Virginia Powell of UCLA and Dawn Harper of USC would run clear awayfrom the field on their way to a sub-13 mark. Omwanghe, meanwhile battled downthe stretch with Diana Pickler of WSU right next to her. Omwanghe managed tohold off Pickler for fifth place and a time of 13.76 while Pickler would clock13.79 for sixth. Omwanghe's finish gave the Bears four points. Virginia Powell'swinning time of 12.75 was the fastest in the country this year.

WOMEN'S 100m-Antonette Carter and Shannan Hawes came into the finals of thewomen's 100m with a pair of lifetime bests in the prelims. Carter broker her ownschool record the day before in the heats with an 11.43, while Hawes ran pasther old lifetime best of 11.84 with a time of 11.75. Both athletes got out wellwith the field developing almost exactly as it was seeded as the dashers formeda perfect 'V' down the the straight. Neither of the Golden Bears was able tobest their performances from the day before, but ran excellent timesnonetheless. Carter came across the tape fourth at 11.57 while Hawes scrambledfor the last scoring position at 11.84, just edging out Nikki Martin of Arizonaat 11.88. Hawes and Carter tallied six points for the Bears.

WOMEN'S 800m-The Golden Bears won both preliminary heats of the women's 800mthe day before with sophomore Whitney Schmucker completing the trifectaas the third Cal runner in the finals. Senior Chloe Jarvis and freshmanAlysia Johnson were the heart winners with the two fastest times comingin. If the Bears could run as a team against a stacked field of athletes out toget them, a 1-2-3 finish would be entirely possible. Ashley Freeman of Stanfordtried to assert the lead early with Jarvis and Johnson close in tow andSchmucker settling into the main pack. Through the second turn Johnson pushed onFreeman from the outside forcing the Cardinal to work hard to stay in the lead.Through the bell it was Freeman, Johnson and Jarvis at 52 seconds, Schmucker in seventh with the main pack. The order remained largely unchangeduntil 200m when Jarvis began a steady kick that would overtake freeman with 150mleft. Schmucker meanwhile had started her kick in the back stretch determined topass runners before the race was over. Coming off the turn, Jarvis clearly had the racein her pocket with Johnson in striking distance of Freeman if she could justfind another gear. With only 50m left Johnson received a challenge for thirdfrom Treani Swain of USC. Johnson managed to hold off the Trojan and finish justbehind Freeman for third. Jarvis set a seasonal best of 2:04.53 with Freemanright behind her at 2:05.71, putting her just out of reach of Johnson whochopped three seconds off her lifetime best to clock 2:05.94. Schmucker wassixth at 2:07.20. The trio scored a total of 16 points for the Bears for theirbiggest haul of the day.

MEN'S 800m-After getting jerked around by officials in the prelims who keptfreshman Alex McClary out of the heat he was supposed to be in, theunderclassmen shook off the ice and ran an excellent qualifying race against astrong field. Today the freshman would be able to put his new found ability torun under 1:50.00 to the test in what would be the fastest race of the GoldenBear's young career. The field was extremely close with all the athletes at orjust under 1:50.00 in the prelims. The finals were as fast as anyone couldexpect with the entire field coming in under 1:50.00 and five athletes under1:49.00. McClary got out slowly with several runners coming up beside him in thestagger. After the break it looked as though McClary would be content to ridethe back of the pack, but picked up and beat a group of athletes to the pole fora good position through the second turn. Coming through the bell, the McClarysat in seventh with everyone in striking distance for the win. McClary looked asthough he was loosing ground through the turn, but picked up the pace to makeany potential passers work hard for their posturing. McClary continued to looseground down the back stretch, but only slightly as he appeared to be saving forhis kick. McClary began to move in the turn and then with a pack of runnersahead of him, he passed them all for fifth place down the stretch, justmissing his lifetime best of 1:48.84 with a time of 1:48.99. The time was McClary'ssecond best ever for four points on the men's side. First place was close foughtbetween Ryan Brown of Washington and Jon Rankin of UCLA with Brown performing inthe clutch at 1:47.31 to Rankin's 1:47.39.

WOMEN'S 400mH-Senior Brooke Meredith and Osarhiemen Omwanghe came intothe event seeded ninth and seventh, respectively. The whole field was generallyeven at the first hurdle with Meredith lagging slightly behind. Through 200mUndine Becker of Stanford looked as though she was ready to take control of therace and did just that as she came off the final turn and into the straight.Omwanghe meanwhile was loosing ground to the rest of the field as Meredithpassed her through the turn on the inside. Coming down the final straightMeredith battled MacKenzie Hill of UCLA for fifth but lost that fight andsettled for sixth at 1:01.12, her best time ever. Omwanghe was eighth at 1:03.81.The Bears could count four points for themselves.

MEN'S 400mH-Sophomore Thomas Mack drew lane nine for the finals, anespecially difficult lane on a track with such wide turns. Without any runnerson the outside to gauge off of, Mack was last to the first hurdle. Mackcontinued to loose ground to the field down the back stretch, putting himself in a nearlyimpossible position coming into the final turn. By the sixth hurdle Mack wasclearly in ninth place with the field too far gone to make up any ground.Jonathan Williams would defend his Pac-10 title in the event running 49.34. Mackclocked 53.34.

WOMEN'S 200m-Antonette Carter got out well and made up ground on the outsiderunners as the stagger dissolved with the turn. Coming off the turn Carter wasin fifth behind a very fast field. With 75m left Carter began to move on thelead pack, passing up Janice Davis of Stanford for fourth place at 23.50. SeniorShannan Hawes was ninth at 24.41. Monique Henderson was the event winner at23.06. Carter's finish gave the Bears five points.

WOMEN'S 4X400m-In the women's long relay, a team of three 800m runners and ashort sprinter ran the second fastest time in school history. Whitney Schmuckercame out of the hole in the outside lanes with ASU coming strong at the end ofthe first lap. Schmucker managed to find reserves and hold on to clock anoutstanding 55.6 opening leg to give the baton to Johnson who stormed to thebreak right behind ASU. Johnson stayed on the Sun Devil's tail, and attempted tocome up with enough speed to pass, but had to settle for passing the baton insecond place to Hawes after a blazing 53.0 split. Hawes would have the mostdifficult time being a short sprinter who would have to dig deep to come up withenough stamina for a competitive 400m at the end of a long day. Despite running55.2 for her best relay split ever, Hawes lost a place to Alexis Weatherspoon ofUSC. Jarvis got the stick amidst a frantic jumble of athletes trying to gettheir batons to their clutch athletes for the final push. Despite the apparentmayhem Jarvis and Hawes lost no ground in a clean exchange with ASU in the leadand USC dead ahead. Despite her best efforts and a 53.5 split, Jarvis could notcatch either team. Their third place time was 3:37.67. The Cal school recordstands at 3:35.56. The six points the women earned in the relay gives the Bearsa final score of 82 points for fifth place.

MEN'S 4x400m-The men's team produced an equally impressive performance andshattered their seasonal best as well. Junior Nestor Solis ran out of thehole and hung comparably with a fast field, splitting 47.5. The work that Solisdid to keep up with the leaders was promptly undone on the second leg assophomore Jonathan Suddaby went up against some of the best 400m runnersin the nation on his leg. Suddaby made the best of it by producing a 46.5 split,the fastest of his life. By the time Suddaby passed the baton to Alex McClarythe Bears were in seventh. McClary ran his own lifetime best split of 47.8 topass Stanford in the home stretch to get the baton around to Thomas Mack. Mackgot the baton in sixth with a large gap in front of him if he was to catch USCand a short one behind him to Stanford. Mack held the line with a 47.1 split tobring the Bears in at 3:09.15. Their three points brings the final men's scoreto 60.5 for eighth place only 3.5 points behind Stanford.

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