Carter and Johnson Win All-American Honors in Day Four
June 12, 2005
Sacramento, CA -
MEREDITH CLIMBS THIRTEEN PLACES IN THREE EVENTS
Senior Brooke Meredith had her work cut out for after finishing the first day of the heptathlon in 23rd place. Meredith suffered a significant setback in day one when she only cleared 5-3 in the high jump for 736 points where she is capable of scoring up to 860 points.
As the second day started Meredith took no pause in climbing out of the basement. In her final trip down the runway of the long jump Meredith leapt against a 2.4 m/s headwind and nearly posted a seasonal best of 18-7.25 for 750 points. The performance catapulted Meredith from 23rd to 19th place.
The next event promised Meredith an excellent chance for her to move up. The javelin has consistently been her strongest event where she is the school record holder at 148-0. Though no one threw that far on Saturday, Meredith did produce the longest throw in her flight at 139-5. Only Manuela Kurrat of Idaho had a better mark at 144-4 in the second flight. Meredith got the long mark on her second attempt for 715 points and leapfrogged clear from 19th to 13th place with only one event left.
With Meredith clearly starting to perform to her capacity she would have to make up 157 points in the 800m to move into eighth place from 13th to score points for the team and guarantee All-American honors. Meredith pounded a personal best of 2:19.03 for 837 points. Though the effort did move her into tenth place for a final score of 5,428, Meredith still fell short of scoring. Two places from scoring betrays how much of an effort it would have taken for the two-time All-American to finish eighth, since her lifetime best of 5,511 points still would have only given her ninth. Although, if you add the points she could have scored in the high jump to that total, she would have bested her lifetime high score by quite a bit.
Senior David Glasgow, who owns a new lifetime best of 7-2.25 set at the NCAA West Regional, came into the finals of Saturday's high jump with an almost perfect qualifying series that saw him miss only one height at 7-0.5 before making it on his second attempt.
Glasgow got off to a shaky start after making 6-10.75 on his second attempt. Glasgow was unable to jump consistently as he made 7-0.5 on his last attempt and then had another miss before making 7-1.5 on his second jump, which ended up being his final mark to finish 11th. Had Glasgow managed to jump his lifetime best of 7-2.5, he still would have needed an almost perfect series to tie for seventh. Aaron Plas of Nebraska and Marios Iacovou of Ohio State both cleared 7-2.5 and only had one miss in their entire series at that height. Had Glasgow been able to clear 7-2.5 he still would have only finished ninth. Jesse Williams of USC was the winner at 7-6. Williams did not miss a single height until he fouled out at 7-7.
ALL-AMERICANS IN DAY FOUR
Action on the track started with junior Antonette Carter who had already broken her own school record in the 200m in the quarterfinal. Her time of 23.16 gave her lane three inside of some serious talent. Carter got out strongly and the stagger stayed even through the turn. At the top of the straight Carter was in seventh and began picking off runners down the stretch as the leaders moved on her only slightly. Her final time of 23.28 into a headwind of .6 m/s gave her fifth place and her second All-American honors of the meet. Sheri-Ann Brooks of Florida International was the winner at 22.85.
Freshman Alysia Johnson was the last Cal athlete to compete at the NCAA championships. The freshman had already lowered her PR in the 800m twice in the qualifying rounds from 2:05.94 to 2:05.92 and again to 2:05.49 to snag the last qualifying spot in the finals. The field got out extremely fast as the pack came through 400m at 1:00 with Johnson in the midst of it. The effort of the previous rounds had taken their toll on Johnson as she began to fade while the field kicked away from her. Coming down the final straight Johnson was in eighth, but benefited tremendously when Egle Uljas of Nebraska collided with Aneta Lemiesz of Brigham Young knocking both athletes to the track. Johnson ran right past as the two athletes lay on top of each other. Johnson came across the line at 2:06.88 for sixth and her first All-American honors. The winning time was 2:02.84 by Aneita Denton of Arkansas.
The women's team ended up finishing 29th with nine points, only three points away from a top-20 finish. The men's team finished 60th with two points that were scored by senior Paul Teinert in the javelin.