California Track and Field Continue Action at the Texas Relays

April 8, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas - The California track and field team continued action at the 79th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas on Friday, with a strong showing with the Bears' women's relay teams and women's field events.

The Cal women dominated the field events on the second day of competition, finishing in the top ten of each of their respective events. Senior Antonette Carter proved why she is a two-time All-American, finishing seventh in the long jump with a regional qualifying and season best mark of 6.04m (19-09.75).

Freshman Inika McPherson won the high jump (section B) with her regional qualifying mark of 1.73m (5-10). Sophomore Cassandra Strickland posted a regional qualifying mark in the triple jump with her jump of 12.47m (41-09.75).

Redshirt freshman Emilee Strot showed her strength in the javelin, finishing in sixth place with a regional qualifying mark of 43.79m (143-08). Strot also competed in the discus finishing second with her mark of 51.00 (167-04), which also was a regional qualifying mark.

On the track, senior Osarhiemen Omwanghe opened with her best performance of the season in the 100m hurdles. Omwanghe finished sixteenth in the preliminary round of the 100m hurdles, just shy of qualifying for the finals on Saturday, with a season-best and regional qualifying time of 13.77.

Freshman sensation Kandi Bonty finished seventh in her heat of the 100m with a season-best time of 12.09.

The women's relay teams also showed their strength on the track Friday. The 4 x 400m team of sophomore Brook Turner, freshmen Mackenzie Pierce and Kristin Holmes and sophomore All-American Alysia Johnson were clocked with a regional qualifying mark of 3:37.04. This time ranks second on Cal's all-time list, but just fell short of the qualifying mark for Saturday's final.

The women's sprint medley team of seniors Tiffany Johnson and Carter, freshman Tiffani Grimes and sophomore Alysia Johnson finished third among 16 teams with a Cal school best time of 3:48.13.

The men's 4 x 400m relay team of seniors Nestor Solis and Randy Fair, sophomore Jonathan Suddaby, and freshman Jake Hanson, finished fifth in their respective heat with a season-best time of 3:11.99, but failed to qualify for the finals.

California will wrap up action at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, tomorrow. Men's javelin throwers junior Paul Teinert and freshman Ryan Young will participate in tomorrow's events. The meet is being held at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the Texas campus.

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