The Golden Bears Travel to the 97th Annual Drake Relays

April 25, 2006

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IN THE STARTING BLOCKS:
The California track and field team will travel to the Drake Relays on April 28-29, in Des Moines, Iowa. Last weekend the Golden Bears hosted the 112th annual Big Meet at Edwards stadium.

A QUICK LOOK AT CALIFORNIA:
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 won the race with his time of 47.61. 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. 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). 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. Sophomore Craig Kent won the shot put with his season-best throw of 55-09.75. In the javelin, Hallgrimsson won the competition with his season-best mark of 211-10. Two-time All-American senior Antonette Carter continued her success in the sprints on Saturday. She set a new school record of 11.33 in the 100m. 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 also ventured to the long jump pit, finishing second with her jump of 20-01.50 (6.13m). Sophomore All-American Alysia Johnson won the 400m with her time of 53.01. 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 wit her jump of 5-08.00 (1.73m). Freshman Emilee Strot finished fourth (48-00.50) in the shot put. Strot continued her success in the discus, winning the competition with her new freshman school record throw of 177-11. In the previous weekend, she broke the former discus record with her mark of 174-06. Strot finished second in the javelin against Stanford with her toss of 142-04. This weekend the attention turns to the historic Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

A GLANCE AT THE DRAKE RELAYS:
For the first time in Cal track and field history the Bears will venture to the 97th annual Drake Relays. College and universities from all four corners of the United States will compete at the Drake Relays. There will be colleges and universities representing 25 states including California (Cal), Florida (Florida), New Hampshire (New Hampshire) and Utah (Utah). Officials expect 8,148 athletes, representing 720 teams, will participate in the 97th running of the Drake Relays Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Drake Stadium. Six records were set at the 2005 Drake Relays with several of those performers returning this spring. Numerous world, national, and collegiate records have been set over the years with Drake Relays fans having seen 14 world records, 49 American records, and 51 national collegiate records. This year will mark the first Drake Relays to be held in the newly renovated Drake Stadium. The relays have had 40 consecutive years of Saturday sellouts at Drake Stadium. Among the oldest records that still stand at the Relays include the men's 5000m: Nick Rose of Mason-Dixon TC finished with a time of 13:27.20. BYU's Henry Marsh holds the 3000m-steeplechase record at an impressive 8:31.02. For the women, the oldest record dates back to 1983 when Kansas' Tudie McKinght jumped 21-10.25 in the long jump and Denise Thiemard of Nebraska threw the javelin 194-4.

CHASING CARTER:
Senior Antonette Carter rewrote her school record in the 100m at the 112th Big Meet last weekend. She set a new school record of 11.33 in the 100m. 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 in the meet, finishing second with her jump of 20-01.50 (6.13m). The Brutus Hamilton Invitational was the first time Carter ran in the 100m and 200m this season. The two-time All-American won the 100m with her regional qualifying time of 11.46. The senior was only three one-hundredths of a second off her school-record time of 11.43 set last season at the Pac-10 Championships. Carter also finished second in the 200m with her regional qualifying time of 23.36. This was the fastest season-opening time for the native of Concord, Calif., in both the 100m and 200m. Last season Carter set the school record in the 100m (11.43) at the Pac-10 Championships at UCLA. Carter earned All-American honors in the 200m last year at the NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish and set the Cal outdoor school record in the 200m with a time of 23.06.

SUPERB STROT:
For the second weekend in a row redshirt freshman Emilee Strot continued her strength in the throwing events. She set a new freshman record in the discus with her mark of 177-11. With the throw last weekend, Strot broke her freshman school record in the discus she set at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational in Berkeley, where she won the competition with her mark of 174-06 (53.81m). The mark was also a regional qualifying mark for Strot. In the shot put, Strot finished second with a regional qualifying mark of 47-08.50 (14.54m). 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.

AMAZING ALYSIA:
Sophomore Alysia Johnson jumped onto the track against Stanford for the 400m. The two-time All-American posted a regional qualifying mark in her first 400m with her race winning time of 53.01. A week before the Canyon Country, Calif., native posted a regional qualifying time of 2:07.38 in the 800m at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational. This was Johnson's first run this outdoor season in the 800m. Also Johnson has had an impressive run in the women's 4x400m relay team. At the Brutus Hamilton Johnson finished with a split time of 52.52. The Cal women's relay team won the race with a time of 3:44.44. The two-time All-American sophomore has been strong all season, competing in the MPSF Indoor Championships in February and posting a new school record in the 800m with a time of 2:05.52. Her personal best in the event is 2:05.49. The sophomore matched her personal best 2:05.49 in the preliminary round of the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. Johnson went into the finals with the third-best time. In the finals, Johnson was timed at 2:06.42 to finish third. Johnson earned All-American status with her finish.

CLASSIC CARRIE:
Junior Carrie Johnson has already set several regional qualifying marks in the hammer throw this season. The Fallbrook, Calif., native posted her first regional qualifying mark of 182-02 (55.52m) at the Bay Area Blast Off on March 18. Johnson was mark with the same throw at he Brutus Hamilton Invitational two weeks ago. At the 112th Big Meet, she finished second in the competition with her season-best throw of 189-03 (57.69m).

GOING THE DISTANCE:
The men's 800m distance runners had an outstanding another weekend at the 112th Big Meet. Sophomore Alex McClary won the race with his regional qualifying time of 1:49.53. Sophomore Sean Carey finished third with third with his personal-best time of 1:51.77. A week before at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational McClary finished second in the race behind Washington's Austin Abbott with a regional qualifying mark of 1:49.76. Carey finished one spot below McClary in third with his personal best of 1:52.12 and sophomore Eric Lee finished fourth with his personal best time of 1:53.35.

OUTSTANDING OSARHIEMEN:
Senior Osarhiemen Omwanghe continues to beat her opponents in the 100m hurdles. This past weekend was no different. Omwanghe won the race with her regional qualifying time of 13.55. In her first attempt this outdoor season, she won the race at the Bay Area Blast Off, setting a regional qualifying mark with her time of 13.86. At the Texas Relays she did not disappoint putting forth another regional qualifying mark of 13.77. Two weeks ago, in the pouring rain at the Brutus Hamilton Omwanghe notched another regional qualifying mark of 13.86 to win the race.

THROWS CORPS:
The men's throwing corps of freshman Nate Rolfe, sophomores John Ludden and Craig Kent have tallied some impressive marks this season. Rolfe has already set regional qualifying marks in both the hammer and the discus. He recorded Cal's all-time fourth-best throw in the hammer at the Bay Area Blast Off on March 18. Rolfe continued his success at the Hornet Invitational in Sacramento, Calif., where he threw a season-best 180-10 in the discus. Ludden has posted regional qualifying marks in both he hammer and discus also. His initial season throw of 185-90 (56.62m) in the discus at the Bay Area Blast Off and his hammer throw of 195-04 (59.54m) at the Texas Relays earned him the marks. This past weekend against Stanford, Kent posted a 55-09.75 (17.01m) in the hammer to win the competition and also qualify for the regionals.

ALL WRIGHT:
Sophomore sensation Ed Wright continued his success in the high jump last weekend at the 112th Big Meet. He won the competition with his jump of 6-06 (1.98m). At the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, Wright finished first with a mark of 6-08.75 (2.05m). This matches his mark at the Stanford Invitational just two weeks ago when he finished fifth. During the indoor season in early February at the Tyson Invitational, Wright jumped a season-best 6-11.75 (2.13m) to finish seventh in the event.

CLICKING KELECHI:
Junior Kelechi Anyanwu posted another regional qualifying mark on Saturday at the 112th Big Meet in the shot put. Anyanwu was marked at 48-03.25 (14.71m), finishing second in the event. At the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, Anyanwu won the shot put with her regional qualifying mark of 48-022.50 (14.64). Already this season Anyanwu opened her junior outdoor season with a successful outing at both the Johnny Mathis Invitational and the Bay Area Blast Off. 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. 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.

RELAYING THE MESSAGE:
Entering the Drake Relays this weekend the Golden Bears are edging on success with their relay teams. At the Big Meet, the men's 4x100m and 4x400m blew past Stanford. At the Texas Relays Cal covered the relays part. The women's 4x200m 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 its time of 1:35.79. The time gave the Bears a fourth-place finish. The Cal 4x100m 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 4x400m 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 its time of 9:51.18. The women's 4x400m 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 Tiffany Johnson, Carter, freshman Tifani Grimes and Alysia Johnson finished third among 16 teams with a school-best time of 3:48.13. The men's 4x400m relay team of Solis, senior Randy Fair, sophomore Jonathan Suddaby and freshman Jake Hanson finished fifth in its heat with a season-best time of 3:11.99.

LAST OUTDOOR SEASON:
The Bears completed their 2005 season with a number of outstanding performances from both the men 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. Teinert and Antonette Carter set school records at the Pac-10 Championships in, respectively, 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. Cal 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, Tiffany 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 honor 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 Teinert. 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 a 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 ranked No. 7 in the high jump.

OUTDOOR RECORD SETTING:
Heading into the final meets of 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. Strot also broke the freshman school record in the discus at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational with a mark of 174-06 (53.81m) and then rewrote the record a week later at the 112th Big Meet with her toss of 177-11. At the Texas Relays, the women's 4x200m 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. At the 112th Big Meet, Carter rewrote her school record in the 100m. The Concord native was clocked at 11.33 in the race beating her previous record of 11.43.

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 distance medley team set a new school record (11:28.96) at the MPSF Championships. Junior Teak Wilburn broke the indoor high jump, with his 7-3.75 from the Tyson Invitational. Sophomore Alysia Johnson broke Chloe Jarvis' record in the 800m at the MPSF Championships with her time of 2:05.52, then Johnson 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 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).

UP NEXT:
The Cal heptathletes and decathletes will travel to the Pac-10 Multi Events Championships in Eugene, Ore., on May 5-6, before the rest of the squad joins them in Eugene for the Pac-10 Championships.

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