Men's Track and Field defeats Stanford, Women Fall in the 112th Big Meet

April 22, 2006

BERKELEY - The California men's track and field team turned the corner on Saturday at the 112th annual Big Meet. The men defeated Stanford for the third consecutive year by of the score of 95.66-67.33. The women, however, fell to the Cardinal, 89-72 for the sixth time in seven years.

The men won 11 events to take the 28 point victory. Junior Alex Beitashour ran a season-best 10.98 in the 100 meter dash, finishing second behind Stanford's Wopamo Osaisai (10.62). In the 200m, Cal's Nestor Solis ran a season-best 21.78, finishing second. Beitashour finished third with his season-best time of 22.25.

In the 400m, Cal finished first, second and third. Solis won the race with his time of 47.61, senior Randy Fair was second (49.39) and J.P. Suddaby was third (49.56).

In the 800m, the Bears collected six points. Sophomore Alex McClary ran his season-best time of 1:49.53 to win the race. Sophomore Sean Carey finished in third with his personal-best time of 1:51.77.

Junior Giliat Ghebray finished second in the 1500m with his season-best time of 3:49.13. Freshman distance runner Mark Matusak finished third in the race, with his season-best time of 3:50.00. Ghebray (14:24.71) and Matusak (14:31.31, season best) finished second and third in the 5000m.

Sophomore Craig Gallimore won the 110m hurdles with his season-best time of 14.41. Gallimore was joined in the race by senior Scott Sobieralski, who finished third with his season-best time of 14.51. Freshman Jordan Paul also set his season-best time of 14.58 in the race. Gallimore's success carried over to the 400m hurdles, where he won that race with his time of 54.09.

In the men's steeplechase, freshman Matt Miller posted a personal best with his time of 9:14.61. Miller finished second behind Stanford's Jon Pierce (9:02.76). Also in the race, sophomore Micah Parker finished third with his personal best time of 9:24.03.

Cal's 4 x 100m relay team was clocked at 41.98 for first place over Stanford (42.29). The Bears continued the success in relays during the 4 x 400m. Cal won the race with its time of 3:15.47.

Sophomore Ed Wright won the high jump competition for the second weekend in a row. This weekend, he secured a jump of 6-feet-6 (1.98m). Junior Jonas Hallgrimsson finished third (6-02) in the high jump. Hallgrimsson also was third in the long jump, with his mark of 23-04.

In the throws, sophomore Craig Kent won the shot put with his season-best throw of 55-09.75. Freshman Nate Rolfe rounded took second (53-03.50), and sophomore John Ludden was third (52-10.25). Rolfe won the discus competition with his throw of 178-02.

Again in the hammer, Cal finished first, second and third. Ludden was first with his throw of 191-07. Rolfe was second (191-03) and Thomas was third (170-09).

In the javelin, Hallgrimsson won the competition with his season-best mark of 211-10. Defending Pac-10 champion Paul Teinert was second with his throw of 207-08.

The women put forth some strong performances despite the loss. Two-time All-American senior Antonette Carter continued her success in the sprints on Saturday. She set a new school record in the 100m of 11.33. Carter finished second in the race behind Stanford's Chauntae Bayne. Carter and Bayne squared off again in the 200m. Bayne's won the race with her time of 23.01, while Carter finished second with her outdoor season-best time of 23.20. Carter ventured to the long jump pit also today, finishing second with her jump of 20-01.50 (6.13m).

In the 400m, sophomore All-American Alysia Johnson won the 400m with her time of 53.01. She also ran the second leg of the 4 x 400m team, which finished second with their time of 3:39.97.

In the steeplechase, seniors Abby Parker (11:04.91) and Lisa Sandoval (11:59.69) picked up eight points for the Bears finishing one, two respectively.

Senior Tiffany Johnson ran a personal best 24.09 in the 200m and ran a season-best 11.92 in the 100m. Johnson also finished third in the long jump with her personal best jump of 19-09.00 (6.02m).

In the 100m hurdles, senior Osarhiemen Omwanghe set a new season-best in the event with her time of 13.55 to win the competition. Omwanghe also won the 400m hurdles with her season-best time of 1:01.89.

Freshman Inika McPherson won the high jump wither her jump of 5-08.00 (1.73m). The Bears finished two, three and four in the women's shot put. Junior Kelechi Anyanwu was second (48-03.25), sophomore Daisy Van Ravenswaay was third (48-02.50) and freshman Emille Strot finished fourth (48-00.50).

Strot continued her success in the discus, winning the competition with her new freshman school record throw of 177-11. Last weekend, she broke the previously held discus record with her mark of 174-06. Strot finished second in the javelin also today, with her toss of 142-04. Senior Trinety White finished third in the javelin with her season-best throw of 124-00 (37.79m).

Next weekend, the team travels to the Drake Relays held on April 27-29 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

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