Faubus, Matusak and Strickland Shine at Pan-Am Juniors

Aug. 10, 2005

WINDSOR, Ontario - California sophomores Cassandra Strickland and Missy Faubus and incoming freshman Mark Matusak all finished in the top 10 in their respective events at the 2005 Pan-American Junior Championships in Windsor, Ontario on July 28-31. Faubus won the silver medal in the shot put, Matusak won the bronze in the 1500m and Strickland finished seventh in the triple jump.

'Two medalists and a finalist speak volumes of these three Cal athletes,' California assistant track and field coach Bryan Fetzer said. 'It is incredible for Cal. When you end on such a great note it makes our staff that more excited for the upcoming season.'

Strickland finished seventh in the triple jump (40-1.5), capping a successful summer which also saw her win the same event at the U.S. Junior Nationals. The native of Las Vegas, Nev., qualified for the NCAA Championships as a freshman at Cal after placing third (41-7) at the NCAA regional.

Faubus, from Bakersfield, Calif., threw 50-4.5 to earn medalist honors for the United States. Faubus' accomplishment at the Pan-American Championships came as no surprise after the sophomore finished second in the shot put at the U.S. Junior Nationals.

Matusak claimed the bronze medal in the 1500m (3:49.81) at the championship. The California native also nabbed the title at the U.S. Junior Nationals before heading onto the Pan-American Championships. A heralded recruit, Matusak won the California state 1600m title as a junior and senior at Loyola High School in Torrance, Calif.

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