Grimes in Second at USATF Junior Nationals
June 24, 2005
Carson, CA -
A slew of Cal athlete began competing at the USATF Junior and SeniorNationals at Carson, Ca where collegiate and professional athletes competealongside and against each other for spots on various U.S. national teams.Athletes under 20 are eligible for the junior division where the top twofinishers are eligible for national teams. The senior division athletes arecompeting for a chance to attend the World Championships in Helsinki, Finlandwhere the top three athletes win berths.
THE JUNIOR NATIONALS
Freshman Chad Smith finished seventh in the shot put with a throw of57-7.5. Smith had a rough series of throws in the prelims. After fouling twice,Smith managed a safety throw of 55-2.5 to make the finals. After another foul,Smith calmed down and threw his best mark of 57-7.5 to pass up Luke Johnson ofTexas-San Antonio for seventh.
Freshman Ed Wright had a great start in the high jump clearing hisfirst two heights without any misses, but ran into trouble at 6-10.75 where hekept catching the bar with his feet despite jumping high enough for theclearance. Wright finished fifth overall.
Freshman Yahya Abdul-Mateen was the first man out in the finals forthe 110mH. Despite a lifetime best run into a headwind of -0.6 m/s and a thirdplace finish, Abdul-Mateen was tenth overall in a field that took only nineathletes to the finals. The heat winners and top-seven times after that alladvanced to the finals. The slowest qualifying time was 14.65 by WalterThurmond.
Freshman Missy Faubus just missed making the junior national team inthe discus. Faubus improved with each throw throw through the prelims and thefinals, and then on her final throw produced a lifetime best, coming within 10inches of second place. Her throw of 171-6 gives her the seventh best throw inCal history.
On the track freshman Alysia Johnson won her preliminary heat of the800m to qualify easily for Friday's final. Her time of 2:08.86 gives her thethird fastest time going into the final round to determine who will be selectedfor the U.S. National team.
Redshirt freshman Tifani Grimes is in second place after the first dayof the heptathlon, but overall standing cannot be compared since overall resultsof the multi-events have not been posted.
Senior Chloe Jarvis did not have to race today since meet managementdecided there were few enough entries to bypass the first round and go straightto the semi-finals to be raced Friday.
2003 Cal graduate Bubba Mclean finished ninth in the pole vaultclearing 17-8.5 on his third attempt, but could not clear 18-2.5 which wouldhave given him at least fifth. Mclean cleared 18-8.75 only last week inArkansas.
Fellow alum Tim Bogdanof ran 13.94 into 0.9 m/s headwind and missedqualifying for Friday's semi-final by two spots.
For complete results go to www.usatf.org.