Five More Cal Athlete Earn Junior All-American Honors At US Nationals
June 24, 2005
Carson, CA - Competition continued for the second day at the USATF Junior and SeniorNational championships with a fistful of All-American honors grabbed up by Calathletes.
Freshman Missy Faubus followed her near qualification for the JuniorNational team in the discus with a second place finish in the shot put to makethe team and earn her second set of Verizion Junior All-American Honors in thismeet. Yesterday the freshman threw 171-6 at the end of an excellent series ofthrows for third place and nomination to the junior All-American team. TodayFaubus evolved the same way in the shot put by improving on nearly every throw.Going into the prelims Faubus was in fifth place after throwing 48-1.25. On hersecond-to-last throw Faubus heaved out a 50-6.75 to get all the way into second,beating out Stephanie Horton by half an inch. Redshirt freshman Emilee Strothad a more difficult time. After throwing 46-6 in the prelims, Strot could nothelp but foul all of her throws in the finals. Her toss of 46-6 still makes herthe seventh best under-20 female shot putter in the nation and a Verizon JuniorAll-American as well.
Freshman Alysia Johnson won her own junior All-American honor in the800m after winning All-American honors this year at the NCAA championships inSacramento. At the gun Johnson got out quickly, settling into the front of thepack after the break and through the first lap. With 200m left, Johnson tried tohang with Rebekah Noble and Heidi Magill as they seperated from the pack. With100m left Johnson found a second gear, but the two leaders were too far gone tocatch as Johnson came in at 2:07.20 for third place and the third set of juniorAll-American honors for the day.
Redshirt freshman Tifani Grimes finished third in the women'sheptathlon. After finishing the first day in third place, Grimes kept hermomentum through the second day's competition. After some great performances inthe long jump and javelin, Grimes nearly lost her position after the 800m whereshe only score 616 points off a time of 2:36.28. Thankfully her strongperformances earlier in the day gave her enough cushion to keep third and makesher the fourth Cal Athlete to earn junior All-American honors.
Freshman Chris Chavez became the last Cal athlete to be named to thejunior All-American team. Chavez ran a lifetime best of 14:44.34 in the 5,000mto snag eighth place from Indiana's Mark Fruin who ran 14:45.50.
Senior Chloe Jarvis finished seventeenth overall in the women's 800m.At the break Jarvis settled into the back of the pack and stayed with as thefield came through 400m at a blistering 59 seconds. The first lap apparentlytook its toll as Jarvis struggled to kick at the end. Jarvis' final time was2:10.12.
The women's long jump was won by Cal alum Grace Upshaw on her firstjump. Upshaw was just shy of 22 feet at 21-11.75 actually tying Tianna Madisonof Tennessee for the longest jump, but winning by virtue of her second longestjump which beat Madison's by only two centimeters. Junior Antonette Carterwas ninth place with a windy jump of 20-9.75. The swirling winds on thebackstretch made it difficult for the athletes to make a solid leap off theboard by Carter still managed an excellent performance as she finished at thefront half of an extremely competitive field.
Assistant coach Phil McMullen bounced back from a dismal first day ofcompetition in the decathlon to grab third place and a trip to Helsinki.McMullen. McMullen used his strongest events the pole vault and the 1,500m toclimb out of his ninth place first day total of 3,695 points. After moving intofifth after the pole vault and javelin, McMullen would need to score roughly 70points over Stephen Harris to grab third. McMullen did just that, leading outthrough the whole race McMullen came in at 4:19.16 to Harris' 4:32.37 tooutscore him by 88 points.
Junior Paul Teinert was fifth in the men's javelin after hovering infourth for a moment. Questionable conditions made Teinert's throw of 229-9 evenmore impressive as he went up against American record holder Breux Greer andother professional athletes.