Track and Field to Host Brutus Hamilton Invitational

April 11, 2006

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IN THE STARTING BLOCKS:
The California track and field team will split the team between the ninth annual Brutus Hamilton Invitational and the Mount Sac Relays on Saturday, April 15. Last week, the Bears traveled to the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas and the Johnny Mathis Invitational in San Francisco.

A QUICK LOOK AT CALIFORNIA:
Several Golden Bears set regional qualifying marks between the Texas Relays and the Johnny Mathis Invitational last weekend. At the Texas Relays, the women's 4 x 200m relay team of freshmen Kristin Holmes and Kandi Bonty and seniors Tiffany Johnson and Antonette Carter set a school record in the event with a time of 1:35.79. The time gave them a fourth-place finish. Freshman Emilee Strot finished second in the discus with her mark of 51.00m (167-04), a regional qualifying mark. In the high jump, freshman Inika McPherson won her section of the high jump with her regional qualifying mark of 1.73m (5-10). Sophomore John Ludden finished eighth in the men's hammer with a season-best mark of 59.54m (195-04). At the Johnny Mathis Invitational, freshman Jordan Paul won the 110m hurdles with his time of 14.95. Junior Kelechi Anyanwu won the shot put with her mark of 47-10 and the discus with her throw of 159-08. Freshman Tifani Grimes won the high jump (5-08.00). This weekend the focus turns to the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, which features Cal, Washington, Boise State, Houston, Sacramento State, UC Davis and City College of San Francisco.

A GLANCE AT THE BRUTUS HAMILTON:
The ninth annual Brutus Hamilton Invitational honors arguably the first great athlete and coach in California's school history. Hamilton, one of Cal's first Olympic medalists, captured a silver medal in the decathlon at the 1920 Games in Antwerp. At the conclusion of his athletic career, he coached at Kansas and then returned to Cal to take the reins of the program when Cal's first coach, Walter Christie, retired after 32 years in 1932. Hamilton served as the Golden Bear's head coach for 30 seasons, compiling a dual-meet record of 125-92 while finishing in the top three at the NCAA Championships 11 times. Hamilton's coaching expertise lent itself to the U.S. Olympic team in 1936 when he served as the decathlon coach. That year, the U.S. contingent swept the decathlon medals. In 1952, Hamilton was called upon again to act as head coach for the U.S. Olympic team in Helisinki, when the American contingent brought home 30 medals. Notable athletes that Hamilton coached included world record setters such as Tom Moore, Archie Williams, Grover Klemmer, Leamon King and Don Bowden.

RELAYING THE MESSAGE:
This past weekend at the Texas Relays the Golden Bears covered the relays part. The women's 4 x 200m relay team of freshmen Kristin Holmes and Kandi Bonty, along with seniors Tiffany Johnson and Antonette Carter set a school record in the event with their time of 1:35.79. The time gave them a fourth-place finish. The Cal 4 x 100m relay team of seniors Osarhiemen Omwanghe, Carter, Holmes and senior Tiffany Johnson was clocked at the California school's second-best time, 44.99. The 4 x 400m relay team of sophomores Brook Turner and Alysia Johnson, freshman Mackenize Pierce and Artensia Young was clocked with the time of 3:40.22. On the men's side, the distance medley relay team of sophomores Alex and Andy McClary, senior Nestor Solis and freshman Mark Matusak finished fourth with their time of 9:51.18. The women's 4 x 400m team of Turner, Pierce, Holmes and sophomore All-American Alysia Johnson was 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 Tifani 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 Solis, senior Randy Fair, sophomore Jonathan Suddaby and freshman Jake Hanson finished fifth in its respective heat with a season-best time of 3:11.99.

CHASING CARTER:
This will be the first weekend senior Antonette Carter, will run in the 100m and 200m. Last season Carter set the school record in the 100m (11.43) at the Pac-10 Championships at UCLA.. A two-time All-American she set the Cal outdoor school record in the 200m (23.06) also last season. Carter earned All-American honors in the 200m last year at the NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish. At the Texas Relays, Carter finished seventh with her regional qualifying mark of 6.04m (19-09.75).

SUPERB STROT:
This past weekend redshirt freshman Emilee Strot continued her strength in the throwing events at the Texas Relays. Strot finished second in the discus with her mark of 51.00m (167-04), a regional qualifying mark. Again in the javelin Strot posted a regional qualifying mark of 43.79m (143-08) en route to a sixth-place finish. Earlier this season, Strot broke both the Cal freshman school record and the outdoor school record in the javelin at the Hornet Invitational. Strot threw 152-10, breaking Laura Baker's freshman record of 134-10 from 1989 and breaking Brooke Meredith's outdoor school record of 148-00 set in 2004.

FAB FROSH:
The Texas Relays allowed redshirt freshman Nate Rolfe to showcase his talents. Rolfe posted a regional qualyfing mark of 61.54m (201-11) in the hammer throw. The high school All-American recorded Cal's all-time fourth-best throw in the hammer at the Bay Area Blast Off. Rolfe continued his success at the Hornet Invitational in Sacramento, Calif., where he threw a season-best 180-10 in the discus. Rolfe redshirted last year's outdoor season, but competed indoors, posting Cal's second-best team mark in the weight throw (59-04.75). Currently, Rolfe ranks nationally 18th in the discus and 17th in the hammer.

STRICKLY AUTOMATIC:
Sophomore Cassandra Strickland added a regional qualifying mark to her resume at the Texas Relays this past weekend. Strickland was marked at 12.47m (41-09.75). Last year, Strickland won the triple jump (42-1.5) contest at the U.S Junior National Championships, en route to her seventh-place finish at the Pan Am Games. This past indoor season, the triple jumper set her personal-best mark of 42-09.75 (13.05m) at the Arizona-California Challenge (Jan. 27).

RADIANT RYAN:
Freshman Ryan Young made a statement in his first outdoor meet as a Golden Bear. Young threw 232-10 in the javelin, winning the competition at the Hornet Invitational. Young's throw also broke the freshman school record set by Adam Burgh in 2004 (200-40). Young's throw was also the No. 7 All-Time throw for U.S. juniors (19 and under). His throw passed Breaux Greeg on the list. Greeg is the current American senior national record holder in the event. Young is currently ranked the fifth junior in the world at this time and second in the nation.

INKIN' THE RECORD BOOKS:
Returning to her home state last weekend, freshman Inika McPherson won her section of the high jump at the Texas Relays. McPherson posted a regional qualifying mark of 1.73m (5-10). The Port Arthur, Texas, native, broke the school indoor high jump record in her first collegiate indoor meet, then rewrote the record in Fayetteville, Ark., at the Tyson Invitational during the indoor season. McPherson was marked at 5-10.75. McPherson previously owned an indoor school record of 5-10 set at the Modrall Sperling Invitational on Jan. 21.

AIR JORDAN:
At the Johnny Mathis Invitational, freshman Jordan Paul won his heat of the 110m hurdles with his time of 14.90. Paul won the finals additionally when he crossed the finish line at 14.95. The Los Angeles native recorded his season-best time in the 110m hurdles in his first collegiate meet, the Bay Area Blast Off. He was clocked at 14.76 to finish second.

HAMMER TIME:
Sophomore John Ludden opened the Texas Relays with his best performance of the season in the hammer. Ludden finished eighth in the men's hammer with a season-best mark of 59.54m (195-04). Ludden's mark was a regional qualifying mark and ranks him eighth on Cal's all-time list.

CLICKING KELECHI:
Junior Kelechi Anyanwu continued her success in the both the shot put and the discus this past weekend at the Johnny Mathis Invitational. Anyanwu won the shot put with her mark of 47-10, and the discus with her throw of 159-08. Already this season Anyanwu opened her junior outdoor season with a successful outing at the Bay Area Blast Off. Anyanwu won the women's shot put with a mark of 47-09 (14.55m) and continued her success in the discus, posting a 150-10 (45.97m) to win the competition. The San Jose, Calif., native posted a 45-04.50 (13.83m) in the shot put in early February at the Husky Classic, posting the Bears second-best mark of the season. On March 31, the first day of the Stanford Invitational, Anyanwu finished second in the shot put with a mark of 45-11.25 (14.00m).

TIFF TOP:
At the Johnny Mathis Invitational, redshirt Tifani Grimes won her preliminary heat of 100m hurdles with her time of 14.35, and she finished second in the final (14.77). Grimes continued her success in the women's field events, winning the women's high jump with her mark of 1.73m (5-08.00). Primarily a hepthathlete, Grimes collected a total 4824 points at the Cal Multi-Events. She posted a 17-08.25 (5.39m) in the long jump, 100-10 (30.76m) in the javelin, 2:30.86 in the 800m, a 14.53 in the 100m hurdles, 5-5.25 (1.66m) in the high jump, 33-5.25 (10.19m) in the shot put and 29.78 in the 200m.

LAST OUTDOOR SEASON:
The Bears completed their 2005 season with a number of outstanding performances from both the men's and women's teams in the Pac-10 and NCAA Championships. In the Pac-10 Championships Paul Teinert posted a lifetime best in winning the javelin and senior Chloe Jarvis was the Pac-10 champion in the 800m. Both Tienert and Antonette Carter set school records at the Pac-10 Championships in the men's javelin and women's 100m. The men finished in eighth place with 60.5 points and the women finished fifth with 82 points. Head coach Chris Huffins sent an impressive 15 athletes to the national championships, the most since his short tenure began in 2003. On the men's side the athletes that competed in the NCAA Championships included javelin throwers Adam Burgh and Teinert, 800m runner Alex McClary, senior co-captain David Glasgow and senior All-American shot put thrower Rhuben Williams. The women sent 10 athletes to the NCAAs including Jarvis, Carter, Shannan Hawes, Whitney Schmucker, Alysia Johnson, Cassandra Strickland, Osarhiemen Omwanghe, Elzunia Lamb, Tifany Johnson, and Brooke Meredith. Carter won All-American honors in the long jump, marking Huffins first All-American as a coach at Cal and his first female All-American athlete. Carter's fifth place finish in the 200m earned her second All-American honors of the meet. On the men's side, Teinert's seventh place finish in the javelin earned him All-American honors, marking Huffins first male All-American athlete at Cal. Glasgow finished 11th in the high jump ending his career at Cal with his first All-American honors. The Cal's women team ended up finishing 29th with nine points and Cal's men finished 60th with two points scored by Tienert. Five more Cal athletes earned junior All-American honors at the 2005 U.S. Nationals including Missy Faubus and Emilee Strot in the shot put, Alysia Johnson in the 800m, Tifani Grimes in the heptathlon and Chris Chavez in the 5000m.

GOOD AND PLENTY:
In the recent issue of Track and Field News, the magazine previewed collegiate athletes. On the Cal women's side senior Antonette Carter ranked No. 8 in the 100m, No. 12 in the 200m and No. 4 in the long jump. Sophomore Alysia Johnson was ranked No. 16 in the 800m, while freshman Inika McPherson was ranked No. 4 in the high jump and was given the nod for top freshman in the nation. For the men, junior Paul Teinert was ranked No. 5 in the javelin and junior Teak Wilburn ranks No. 7 in the high jump.

OUTDOOR RECORD SETTING:
Two meets into the outdoor season Cal has broken outdoor school records and freshman school records. Freshman Ryan Young's javelin throw of 232-10 broke the freshman school record set by Adam Burgh in 2004 (200-40) at the Hornet Invitational. Redshirt Freshman Emilee Strot broke both the freshman school record and the outdoor school record in the javelin at the Hornet Invitational. Strot threw 152-10, breaking Laura Baker's freshman record of 134-10 from 1989 and breaking Brooke Meredith's outdoor school record set in 2004 of 148-00. At the Texas Relays, The women's 4 x 200m relay team of freshmen Kristin Holmes and Kandi Bonty, and seniors Tiffany Johnson and Antonette Carter set a school record in the event with a time of 1:35.79.

INDOOR RECORD SETTING:
California is off to a hot start. During the indoor season the team rewrote several of the school's indoor records. Senior Antonette Carter set school records in the 60m (7.33) at the Arizona-California Challenge and the 200m (23.81) at the MPSF Championships. Senior Osarhiemen Omwanghe broke the 60 hurdles record with her time of 8.31 at the Husky Classic. Omwanghe had set the previous 60m hurdles' record two weeks prior. Senior Bridget Duffy broke the school record in the mile (4:49.04) and in the 3000m (9:39.26) at the MPSF Championships and sophomore Alex McClary broke his own indoor record in the 800m at the Alex Wilson Invitational after he was clocked at 1:49.71 in South Bend, Ind. At the UW Indoor Invitational, the Cal men's distance medley team broke the school record (9:42.31) and women's (11:28.96) distance medley teams set new school record at the MPSF Championships. Junior Teak Wilburn broke the indoor high jump, with his 7-3.75 from the Tyson Invitational. Sophomores Alysia Johnson broke Chloe Jarvis record in the 800m at the MPSF Championships with her time of 2:05.52, then broke her own record in the prelims at the NCAA Indoor Championships (2:05.49). Rebecca Yau set a new school record in the 5000m after she was clocked at 16:52.66. Also at the MPSF Championships, junior Giliat Ghbray set a new school record in the 3000m (14:13.60).

COACHES:
After successfully competing as a Golden Bears athlete in the early 1990s, 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, the Huffins-led Bears have sent more athletes to the NCAA Championships than in any other three-year span (12 in 2003,13 in 2004, and 15 in 2005), and he has overseen 14 All-American honors. Huffins has also witnessed Cal history books rewritten, 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. In 2005, two of Huffins' athletes were ranked in the top 10 in the country by Track and Field News. Antonette Carter was ranked No. 8 in the long jump and Paul Teinert ranked ninth in the javelin. Huffins has seen the team dramatically improve its conference position since he inherited the program. Prior to this season, 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 in 2004 and 2005, up four places from 2003. The Golden Bears 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 2004 and 2005 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. 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, was the 2004 incoming freshman recruiting class was ranked No. 1 and the 2005 class was ranked No. 5 in the country, by Track & Field News. Prior to taking the reigns at Cal, Huffins was an assistant coach for six years.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).

EDWARDS STADIUM:
Long considered one of the finest track and field facilities in the world, the University of California's Edwards Stadium has a legacy unmatched in collegiate track and field. Not only has the facility been host to some of the best individual performances in the sport's history, but Edwards Stadium also stands in one of the most beautiful settings in the nation, with panoramic views of the Berkeley Hills and Strawberry Canyon to the east, and the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline to the west. Over the years, Edwards Stadium has witnessed 12 world records, 26 American records and 24 collegiate records. The first world record set in the stadium was also history's first 15-foot pole vault, by Cornelius 'Dutch' Warmerdam in 1940. The last world mark to fall in Berkeley was in 1978, as Washington State's Henry Rono clocked 13:06.4 in the 5,000-meter run. On a cinder surface in 1966 - before a Tartan all-weather surface was added in 1977 - a University of Kansas freshman by the name of Jim Ryun clocked a remarkable 3:51.3 mile.

UP NEXT:
The Cal track and field team will host the 112th Big Meet against Stanford at Edwards Stadium on April 22.

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