Bears Head to Eugene for West Regional
May 24, 2005
Berkeley, CA -
Date Fri.-Sat. May 27-28, 2005Place Eugene, ORTime All Day
THE ROAD TO SACRAMENTO
Though the meet will be scored, the NCAA Regional championship meets have largely been setup to fill the maximum field of 544 athletes per gender at the national championship meet. A berth at the national championships can be gained be finishing in the top five in a regional meet. Failing that, an athlete can qualify by having a high enough mark on the descending order list. Competition in an event at the regional meet is required to be considered for the national meet. Not all events will be contested at Eugene; the decathlon, heptathlon and 10,000m use a national qualifying standard instead. The format is only in its third year of existence, whereas before all the events used a national qualifying standard.
TRACK CITY AND TICKET INFO
This year's West Regional meet will be contested on one of the most famous facilities in the country. Oregon's Hayward Field has hosted nine NCAA National championships, six national championships and three consecutive Olympic Trials (1972, 1976, 1980), along with hosting the Prefontaine Classic, a single day track meet featuring the best competition the international community has to offer.
Tickets for the NCAA West Regional can be purchased from the University of Oregon ticket office by calling 1-800-932-3668. All-Session Reserved tickets are $20.00 and $12.00 for single day admission. All-Session general admission seats are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors/children. Single day general admission tickets are $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for seniors/children. Group rates are available. For a complete seating chart please go to www.goducks.com.
AT THE 2004 WEST REGIONAL
Last year the Bears qualified a total of nine athletes at the NCAA West Regional contested at Cal-State Northridge. Vincent Ibea posted a lifetime best of 52-0 in the triple jump for fourth place. Antonette Carter finished second in the 200m in a school record time of 23.33. Teak Wilburn won the high jump with a leap of 7-2.25. Bruce Giron finished fifth in the 400mH with a surprise lifetime best of 51.47. Throwers Rhuben Williams and Sheni Russel both finished third in the shot put and discus, respectively. Williams qualified in the discus as well.
BEARS IN THE TOP 10
All-American Rhuben Williams ranks eighth in the nation after his near lifetime best effort at the Pac-10 championships last weekend. Williams heaved the shot 64-2.5 in the preliminary rounds to tie for first, but would finish second after Arizona's Sean Shields upped the ante with a throw of 65-5.5.
Junior Paul Teinert has the seventh farthest throw in the nation this year for the javelin. The SMU transfer has been steadily improving his lifetime best all season long and recently topped out at the Pac-10 championships with another school record breaking performance on his first throw. Teinert's current school record stands at 235-11.
Indoor All-American Chloe Jarvis is the highest ranked bear this year. Her first place finish at the Pac-10 championships in the 800m gives her the third best time in the country at 2:04.53. The mark is her fastest time ever in a Cal uniform, though the senior ran 2:03.62 during her redshirt season in 2004. Freshman Alysia Johnson ranks 16th nationally and fifth in the west region with her mark of 2:05.94 at the Pac-10 championships. The time gave her third place behind only Jarvis and Stanford's Ashley Freeman.
OTHER NOTABLE BEARS
Junior Antonette Carter, who broke her own school record last weekend in the 100m with a time of 11.43, ranks 21st in the event, which she is not expected to compete in at the West Regionals. Instead the junior is expected to concentrate on her marquee events, the 200m and long jump. Carter currently ranks 19th nationally in the 200m and 20th in the long jump. Carter's season best of 23.34 was set last weekend at UCLA, while her long jump mark, which was nation leading when it was set at the Florida Relays, ranks 20th.
Senior All-American Brooke Meredith, ranks 15th nationally and has a high enough mark for her to qualify for the national championships. Her score this year of 5,446 falls just short of the automatic qualifying mark of 5,500 points. Meredith's lifetime best stands at 5,511. Her score this year was set at the Pac-10 Mulit-Event championships two weeks ago and gave her a third place finish behind the Pickler sisters of Washington State who are ranked fifth and sixth nationally.
LAST WEEKEND AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
After first day competition that left the men's team in fourth and the women in sixth, the men would fall to eighth while the women moved up a place to finish fifth. The women were anchored largely by the Bear's excellent showing in the 800m where Chloe Jarvis, Alysia Johnson and Whitney Schmucker scored a total of 16 points and saw all three athletes set seasonal bests.
Junior Kevin Davis saw a season of malaise and mediocre times melt away after running just off his lifetime best in the 3,000SC at 8:56.57. Davis finished eighth for the last scoring place and ran more than 30 seconds off his seasonal best.
The McClary brothers went up against some fierce conference competition and both managed to score in their respective events. The brothers competed confidently in stacked fields and ran marks that were less than a second off their lifetime bests, both of which were set earlier this season.
MCMULLEN WINS MULTISTARS TITLE IN SALÓ
Cal assistant coach Phil McMullen travelled to Saló, Italy for the 2005 Multistars Decathlon competition. The meet is the first in the 2005 IAAF Combined Events Challenge and featured Olympians from the 2004 games along with the former world record holder and three time world champion Thomas Dvorak of the Czech Republic.
McMullen sat in seventh at the end of the first day with a score of 3,881 points. By the time it was all over he would stand in first with his world leading status still intact. As the second day got underway, McMullen clocked 14.76 to get second in his heat of the 110mH, while Chris Boyles lost the overall lead to Dhouibi Hamdi of Tunisia. A complete trouncing in the discus allowed McMullen to move all the way to first as he won over the field by over six meters. McMullen's mark of 50.54m was good for 882 points over the next best throw by Vitaliy Smirnov of Uzbekizstan at 44.20m. The pole vault only allowed McMullen to widen his lead on the competition where he had the second highest vault at 5.10m to American Paul Terek's 5.20m. Terek was third at the 2004 Olympic Trials just ahead of McMullen who was fourth. McMullen lost some ground in the javelin to Dvorak and Smirnov, but clinched the competition with a convincing win in the 1,500m run, turning back Smirno by over 14 seconds.
McMullen's final score of 8,107 points is the highest score in the world this year. Earlier in the year at the 2005 Cal Multi-Event, McMullen set the world leading mark at 7,922 points, which stands as the second best score this year behind McMullen's mark at Saló.
McMullen will compete next at the 2005 USATF Outdoor Championships for a spot on the national team at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. 'I am happy with my performance in the Javelin but I need to improve in the 110m Hurdles and the Long Jump. Now I hope to keep this form until the US Trials where I want to qualify for the World Championships.'
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