California Track and Field Notes

Jan. 17, 2006

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The California Golden Bear track and field teams will open their 2006 indoor season at the Modrall Sperling Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., on Sat., Jan. 21.

Twelve teams will compete. The field includes: Arizona, BYU, CALIFORNIA, Colorado State, Florida State, LSU, New Mexico, Portland State, Rice, Texas A & M, USC, UTEP.

This is the inaugural Modrall Sperling Lobo Invitational indoor track and field meet. It is the first collegiate-only indoor meet held in the State of New Mexico in 19 years. The last collegiate meet was in 1987 when New Mexico hosted the WAC Conference Indoor Championship at Tingley Coliseum. Saturday's meet will be the third event held on the two-year old track at the Albuquerque Convention Center and the second of eight meets scheduled for the 2006 season.

The two-year-old indoor track facility inside the Convention Center is downtown Albuquerque includes a 200-meter, 60-degree banked oval that has 60m straightaways running the entire length. It also has men's women's jumping runways and pits, as well as an area for shot put, weight throw, and pole vault and high jump events. The surface of the track is red and white Mondo and is nearly identical to the track used by the University of Arkansas at the Randal Tyson Track Center, which will host the NCAA Indoor Championship this season.

Field events begin at 9 a.m. (MST) on Saturday with running events to start at 10:30. The meet is scheduled to conclude at approximately 4 p.m. (MST).

For the first time in the history of the women's program, the team was ranked pre-season No. 10 by Trackwire. The men were not ranked. Eleven teams in the top 25 will compete in the Modrall Sperling Lobo Invitational.

The 2005 Indoor season propelled the California women's team to national prominence. In the span of the MPSF Championship, the Bears broke eight school records. Chole Jarvis broke the 800m record held by Louise Romo with her time of 2:06.56. With the help from Jarvis and others the women's team would finish second. On the men's side, the Golden Bear throwers helped the men's team finish fourth. The throwers finished the competition in first, second, sixth and seventh.

After redshirting last season, junior high jumper Teak Wilburn will compete in the Modrall Sperling Lobo Invitational this week. The last time Wilburn competed was during the 2004 outdoor season, when he won the high jump Pac-10 title. He was the Golden Bears' highest finisher at the NCAA Championship, by placing seventh in the high jump (7-02.50).

Last season the women's indoor squad broke eight records alone at the MPSF Championship. Two of the records broke include, the 200m (broke by Shannan Hawes - 24.68) and 800m (broke by Chole Jarvis - 2:06.65).

Senior Antonette Carter will welcome herself back to the indoor ranks Saturday. Carter will participate in the 60m and the long jump.

Sophomore Cassandra Strickland looks to continue her dominance in the triple-jump in this weekend's competition. Strickland boasts her highest mark of 12.83m/42-01.25 she set at the MPSF Championship.

After completing a successful volleyball season, where her team advanced to the second-round of the NCAA tournament, freshman Angela Pressy will attempt to pull double-duty when she competes for Golden Bears in the 60m and long jump this weekend.

After successfully competing as a Golden Bear athlete in the early 1990's, Chris Huffins returned to Cal Oct. 16, 2002, as Director and Head Coach of the Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country programs. In the last three years, Huffins lead Bears have sent more athletes to the NCAA Championships than in any other year (12 in 2003,13 in 2004, and 15 in 2005), and has overseen 14 All-American honors. Huffins has also witnessed Cal school history books re-written, as there have been 12 new Cal school records and six new freshman records set, which bodes very well for the future. Most impressively, Huffins saw five current Golden Bears compete at the 2004 Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif. Most recently, 2005 saw two of Huffins' athletes ranked in the top 10 in the country by Track and Field News. Antonette Carter was ranked No. eight for the Long Jump and Paul Teinert ranked ninth in the Javelin. Coach Huffins has seen the team standings dramatically improve its conference position since he inherited the program. The women have had their highest Pac-10 team finish in history two years in a row, finishing in fifth place at the conference championships, up four places from 2003. The Golden Bear men's team has moved up to seventh, in the tough Pac-10 conference, having weathered a few key injuries over the last two years. Indoors however, the men have been second and third in the last two Mountain Pacific Championships, a success they will surely build upon in 2006. Indeed both the Golden Bear track squads look to win the indoor conference title this coming year. Huffins has also nurtured the development of the true student-athlete, evidenced by more than 60 Pac-10 All-Academic honors that his athletes have earned since 2003. The future looks bright for Huffins and his Golden Bears, as the 2004 incoming freshman recruiting class was recently ranked No. 1 and the 2005 class was ranked No. 5 in the country, respectively by Track & Field News. Prior to taking the reigns at Cal, Huffins carried in six years of experience as an assistant coach.Huffins is assisted by, Ed Miller (field events-multi-events), Tony Sandoval (head cross country coach), Phil McMullen (pole vault-high jump-multi events), Bryan Fetzer (sprints-hurdles) and Jennifer Joyce (throws).

California will compete in two events during the weekend of Jan. 27-28. On Jan. 27, the team will compete at the Arizona-California Challenge in Flagstaff, Ariz. On Jan. 27-28 the team will participate in the Washington Invitational in Seattle, Wash.

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