Track and Field Opens Outdoor Season with Bay Area Blast Off

March 18, 2006

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BERKELEY - The California track and field team opened its outdoor season with a home meet at Edwards Stadium on Saturday. The Bay Area Blast Off features Cal, Nevada's women and Minnesota's men along with various junior colleges and high school.

The women were off to a hot start on Saturday. Senior Osarhiemen Omwanghe won the 100m hurdles with her time of 14.09. Redshirt freshmen Artensia Young (14.31) and Tifani Grimes (14.53) finished second and third, respectively.

In her first outdoor meet for Cal, freshman Evelyn Smith placed second in the 400m hurdles after she was clocked at 1:04.68.

The Golden Bears women 4 x 100m relay composed of all freshman (Francesca Weems, Kristin Holmes, Lollie Onipede and Kandi Bonty) finished second (47.81). In the 4 x 200m, Cal's team of Holmes, Omwanghe, senior Qadriyyah Abdullah and Grimes was clocked at 1:41.09, finishing second in the event. Finishing third in the 4 x 200m was Onipede, senior Antonette Carter, sophomore Brook Turner and freshman Inika McPherson with their time of 1:41.15.

In the women's field events, Grimes won the high jump, with her jump of 5-05 (1.65m). Young finished the high jump in fifth (4-11/1.50m).

In the women's shot put, junior Kelechi Anyanwu won the event with her mark of 47-09 (14.55m). Sophomore transfer Daisy Van Ravenswaay was marked at 45-11.75 (14.01m) in the shot put, finishing second.

Anyanwu was also successful in the discuss, posting a 150-10 (45.97m) to win the competition. In the women's javelin, McPherson (119-00), senior Trinety White (117-09) and Grimes (112-04) finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

On the men's side, sophomore Andy McClary finished seventh in the mile with his time of 4:15.14. Sophomore Eric Lee finished one spot down from McClary in eighth place when he was clocked at 4:15.26. Redshirt freshmen Micah Parker was clocked in at 4:29.34 and Stephen Potty crossed the finish line at 4:31.37 in the mile.

Freshman Jordan Paul finished second in the 110m hurdles, with his time of 14.76. Freshman Matt Miller also placed second, but in the 3000m steeplechase (9:42.25).

Senior Scott Sobieralski was marked at 15-07 (4.75m) in the pole vault, finishing tied for second. Sophomore Donny Appanaitis tied with Sobieralski.

Junior Rob Young placed second in the long jump, with his jump of 22-03 (6.78m).

In men's throws, redshirt freshman Nate Rolfe made his debut for the Bears on Saturday in the discus. Rolfe threw 173-06, good enough for second place. Sophomore John Ludden finished third with his mark of 167-09, while sophomore Craig Kent threw 167-03, finishing third.

Kent also finished third in the javelin throw (175-09). Junior Adam Burgh finished second in the event with his mark of 204-00.

Up next for the Bears, they will travel to the Hornet Invitational next weekend in Sacramento, Calif.

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