Teinert Earns All-American Honors in Javelin

June 10, 2005

Sacramento, CA -


Senior Brooke Meredith would start off in 21st in the women's heptathlon before dropping down to 23rd and then rebounding back up to 22nd. The senior started off the day with a decent performance in the 100mH where the two-time All American finished eighth in her heat and 21st overall in a time of 14.51, only .13 seconds behind her PR of 14.38, which was set this year at the Pac-10 championships. The difference between the two marks being only 18 points. The best time was 13.49 by Lela V. Nelson of Eastern Michigan who ran 13.49 for 1,052 points. Meredith's PR would have tied her for 20th after one event.

At the high jump Meredith suffered a much more critical blow as she scored over 120 points below her lifetime best. Meredith had an excellent series without missing a single height in clearing 5-3, but ran into trouble at 5-4.25. Meredith was unable to clear the bar and had to settle for 736 points. Meredith's best of 5-7.25 would have been worth roughly 860 points and put her near 15th overall after two events, but instead the senior would fall back to 23rd.

The shot put saw Meredith make up some ground as the senior moved up to 21st. Meredith's opening throw of 41-2.5 put her in fifth place for the event where she would finish. Her second throw was fouled intentionally while her third and final throw failed to improve on the first. Her mark was good enough for 698 points, but still below her potential as her lifetime best stands at 43-1, which would have earned 736 points.

Meredith had the same problems in the 200m. With a best of 25.33, Meredith was only able to produce a time of 26.14 for 785 points, falling back to 22nd after her high water mark of 21st. Meredith best time of 25.33 would have earned her 857 points.

After the first days events Meredith stands 22nd with 3,126 points and will need to make up a 250 points deficit if she has any hope of moving into scoring contention. Tomorrow's long jump and javelin pose excellent opportunities for the senior to make up ground on the field as Meredith consistently competes strongest on her second day. At the Pac-10 championships Meredith moved into third place on the last event after finishing the first day in fourth.


Junior Paul Teinert beckoned as the Bear's next opportunity for an All-American. Teinert's first throw of 217-2 did not bode well for the junior who usually produces his best throw early in the series. That mark did put him in fifth after the first round, but Teinert would have to improve if he was going to make the finals which only accepted eight throwers out the original 12. Teinert improved slightly on his second throw, but had plenty of comfort space to make the final. In the final round before the finals Teinert made a try for a big throw, but missed the sector and nearly struck a group of referees officiating the triple jump. Gabrield Wallin of Boise State, who is also the defending NCAA champ, lead going into the finals with his first throw of 258-5. Teinert improved twice in the finals throwing 223-10 and 228-2 in the fourth and fifth rounds respectively. It looked as though Teinert would finish as high as sixth until Bobby Smith of Monmouth moved into fifth with a fifth round throw of 229-7. Teinert attempted another big throw in the final round, but failed to execute and fouled deliberately. Teinert's seventh place finish makes him Head Coach Chris Huffin's first male All-American at Cal and his second ever in the javelin. Teinert's PR of 235-11 would have given Teinert fourth place, which he threw at the Pac-10 championships last May, 'I'd be crazy to say I was disappointed; I'm happy with scoring seven points for the team, I finished seventh and I'm All-American.'


Freshman triple jumper Cassandra Strickland, who came into the meet with an outdoor mark of 41-7, posted a lifetime best of 42-1.5 on her last attempt. After opening up with a respectable 41-2.5 and following that attempt with a foul, Strickland came up with jump that looked as through it would get her into the finals. That is, until a group of athletes came up with 43-0 plus marks, knocking Strickland down to 17th overall. The last mark to advance was Brooklyn Hann of Kansas at 43-1.


Tomorrow Brooke Meredith will finish up in the heptathlon, freshman Alysia Johnson competes in the final of the 800m and junior Antonette Carter runs in the final of the 200m

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