Men in First at NCAA West Regional Championship
May 28, 2005
Eugene, OR - Results
After one day of competition at the 2005 NCAA West Regional championships the men's team stands in first with 29 points ahead of second place Stanford with 27 points. The women's team, meanwhile, are in sixth place with 13 points while Stanford leads with 26.5 points. The men's performance was buoyed by the eleven points earned by Junior Paul Teinert's third place finish coupled with sophomore Adam Burgh's eight foot personal best that placed him fourth.
Teinert, who owns a personal best of 235-11 set at the Pac-10 championship, was leading by the second round with a toss of 216-7 after fouling his first attempt. Burgh, meanwhile, had set a lifetime best on his first throw at 210-2. Going into the finals Teinert stood in third place with Burgh in fourth. Defending NCAA champ Gabriel Wallin of Boise State was leading at 230-7 with teammate Nate Putnam in second at 217-6. Teinert would have one more fair throw, but would not improve on his mark in the prelims. Burgh would improve in the fifth round with his best throw of the day at 215-6. In that same round, Wallin improved his mark to 238-10. Burgh is now fourth on the Cal All-Time list only one-inch behind John Cummings.
The Cal throwers continued to show strongly. Senior All-American Rhuben Williams, who was second at the Pac-10 championships behind Sean Shields of Arizona, beat out an even stronger field in the men's shot put. Williams, who owns a lifetime best of 64-9.75, won with at throw 63-4.75. 'It feels really good to finally get a big win under my belt...this is my second farthest throw of the year.' Shields was fifth with a throw of 61-11.
Senior team captain David Glasgow shook off a fifth place finish two weeks ago at the Pac-10 championships with a lifetime best clearance of 7-2.25 in the men's high jump. Glasgow came in at 6-9 and only missed once at 7-1 for an almost flawless series to finish second only to USC's Jesse Williams who finished at 7-4.5.
On the long jump runway junior Antonette Carter followed William's lead by besting all the competitors that beat her at the Pac-10 Conference championships. The junior won the long jump handily with what would have been a lifetime best of 21-6.25 except for a wind reading of 2.2 m/s. With only her second jump, Carter had the competition sewn up. Carter took only one more jump to take advantage of her competitive momentum to try and notch a wind legal jump. On the next trip down the runway, the wind gusted to only 0.9 m/s to give Carter a legal jump of 21-4 for a new lifetime best. The mark makes her the second best long jumper in Cal history behind only Olympian and former Cal great Sheila Hudson who jumped 22-1 during the 1990 season. Sophomore Elzunia Lamb was sixth and missed qualifying directly for nationals despite a lifetime best jump of 19-9.5 and four other jumps over 19-0. Lamb may still get a trip to Sacramento off the descending order list.
With the exclusion of the 5,000m, all the track events of the first day were simply qualifying rounds for the finals to be contested tomorrow. The women's 4x100m had the third fastest time of the day behind ASU and USC. The team of Omwanghe, Johnson, Hawes, and Carter ran their second fastest time of the season at 44.86, behind only the 44.68 they ran two weeks ago in the Pac-10 finals where they were third to Stanford and USC. Stanford qualified fourth at 45.06.
The men's 4x100m relay had their second fastest time of the year and ran 40.86 for the sixth qualifying spot. Pac-10 champ ASU had the fastest time at 39.40. The Cal men ran their season best of 40.64 at the 111th Big Meet where they beat Stanford.
In the women's 1,500m senior Lindsey Maclise ran just off her lifetime best of 4:27.77 to score the next to last qualifying spot as she came across the line at 4:27.94. Senior All-American Bridget Duffy, just missed qualifying by .27 seconds. Duffy, who owns a PR of 4:22.55, came in at 4:29.80. The last qualifier was Dana Buchanan of Hawaii-Manoa at 4:39.53.
Sophomore hurdler Thomas Mack ran 14.23 to snag the last qualifying spot for tomorrow's finals. Oregon's Eric Mitchum had the fastest time of the day at 13.66. Mack, who failed to qualify for the finals at the Pac-10 championships, was eighth against an even thicker field than the one he faced at UCLA. Mack's lifetime best stands at 14.12.
Senior Chloe Jarvis and freshman Alysia Johnson both qualified for the finals in the women's 800m with ease. Jarvis came in at 2:06.67 while Johnson ran 2:08.55. Sophomore Whitney Schmucker ran 2:11.00 for sixth in her heat and failed to qualify on time. Kali Baker of Nevada was the last qualifier at 2:07.65. All three athletes ran in separate heats while Jarvis and Johnson both qualified for finals based on place, finishing second in their respective heats. Schmucker's time this season of 2:07.20 may still get her to nationals on the ascending order list.
Antonette Carter dropped the 100m to concentrate on the long jump and 200m. While the junior was aided in the long jump by a tailwind of 2.2 m/s, Carter was forced to fight a headwind of the same magnitude to run 23.80. Carter was the fifth fastest qualifying time, while Pac-10 champ and 2004 Olympian Monique Henderson of UCLA was first at 23.23.
Junior Osarhiemen Omwanghe ran 60.51 to be the fifth qualifier in the women's 400mH. Christine Spence of UNLV was the fastest qualifying time at 59.33. Omwanghe skipped the 100mH to conserve strength for the relays and the longer hurdle race, which features an easier field this year than the short hurdles.
Third year Head Coach Chris Huffins was more than pleased with the performance of his athletes: 'Today was a phenomenal day. We had quite a few personal bests and we had the kind of competitive performance we need to compete in the upper echelons of collegiate teams.'
Competition continues tomorrow with session two and the Cal women poised to move up rapidly on the team standings. Be sure to see what Alysia Johnson and Chloe Jarvis do in the women's 800m along with the long and short relays.