Strickland Wins Triple Jumps at US Junior Nationals

June 25, 2005

Carson, CA -


Freshman Cassandra Strickland, who expressed disappointment with herseventeenth place finish at the NCAA championships not two weeks ago, was morethan a little excited about her victory in the junior women's triple jump, "I'mjust happy to be the national champion." Strickland posted the exact same markof 42-1.5 she had from the NCAA championships to win the event at the Home DepotCenter. Despite leading through the whole event, the victory was anything butcertain. Strickland's first jump of 41-7.25 gave her first place through thefirst round, but Ke'Nyia Richardson and Lauren Stewart were chomping at the bitin second and third as they prepared to take shots at her lead. Strickland keptthe momentum and increased her lead in the second round where she jumped herbest mark of 42-1.5. The mark survived two long attempts by Richardson andStewart in the last round, who came within an inch and three inches,respectively of matching Strickland. The mark ties her lifetime best set at theNCAA championships and qualifies her for the junior Pan-Am Games in Windsor,Ontario next month where she will compete as a member of the junior nationalteam.

Earlier in the day, freshman Amanda Thornberry posted a collegiatebest in the1,500m in finishing sixth in the junior women's division.Thornberry's time of 4:30.50 makes her the eighth Cal Athlete to be named aVerizon Junior All-American. Thornberry wasn't done yet. After her personal besttime in the 1,500m Thornberry had three hours to recover before racing a secondpersonal best in the 3,000SC. Thornberry's time of 11:11.00 beat her old best of11:17.15 and earned her fourth place along with her second set of Verizon JuniorAll-American honors, bringing the Cal team total to nine and making her thesecond Cal athlete to gain double honors this year along freshman MissyFaubus who doubled in the shot put and discus.


Senior Brooke Meredith got off to a great start in the women'sheptathlon posting a windy, albeit lifetime best of 14.30 in the 100mH for 936points. The wind reading of 2.3 m/s does not affect the points she earned forthe performance, but does disqualify the mark for record purposes. Meredithfollowed the performance in the hurdles with a seasonal best in the high jump of5-5.25 for 806 points. Her lifetime best stands at 5-7.25.

After her terrific showings in the hurdles and high jump, Meredith produced afantastic throw in the shot put of 43-7.25 for 747 points and the secondfarthest throw in the competition. That mark eclipses her old seasonal best thisyear of 40-4 set at the Pac-10 Multi-Event championships. After three greatperformances, Meredith came into the 200m in eleventh place. Her time 26.09 kepther position and gave her 789 points for a first day lifetime best total of3,278 points. Her old first day best of 3,239 points was set only last month atthe Pac-10 Multi-Event championships.


Senior Antonette Carter followed her performance in yesterday's longjump with a record breaking performance in the 200m qualifying rounds. Aftergetting out with the rest of the field and maintaining through the turn, Carterfell into a fast rhythm down the stretch and picked off runners as she finishedfourth in 23.05, breaking her own school record of 23.16 by a wholetenth-of-a-second and qualifying her for the semi-finals to be contestedtomorrow.

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