The Golden Bears Travel to the Pac-10 Championships
May 9, 2006
IN THE STARTING BLOCKS:
The California track and field team will travel to the Pac-10 Track & Field Championships, presented by 76 ProClean Gasoline on Saturday-Sunday, May 13-14, in Eugene, Ore. Last weekend the Golden Bears competed at the Pac-10 Multi Events and Modesto Relays.
A QUICK LOOK AT CALIFORNIA:
Cal will advance into the Pac-10 Field Championships, presented by 76 ProClean Gasoline, this weekend with the men holding four points and the women with two, thanks to Scott Sobieralski and Tifani Grimes' efforts last weekend at the Pac-10 Multi Event Championships. Sobieralski finished fifth with a total of 6946 points in the decathlon, earning four points. Grimes finished seventh with 5034 points, gaining two points for the women's squad. The Bears also competed at the Modesto Relays this past weekend. Alex Beitashour finished third in the 100m with his time of 10.94. He also ran the last leg of the 4 x100m team, which finished fifth with its time of 41.68. Sophomore Ed Wright won the high jump for the fourth consecutive meet. Wright was marked at 2.10m (6-10.75). Senior Nestor Solis won the 400m (48.52) and freshman Emilee Strot placed eighth in the women's discus with her mark of 50.98m (197-01). Sophomore Alex McClary continued his success in the 800m, with his third-place time of 1:50.69. Senior Tiffany Johnson was second in the 100m with her time of 11.97. This weekend the Golden Bears will look to gain more Pac-10 titles to its storied history, led by seniors Antonette Carter and Paul Teinert and sophomore Alysia Johnson.
A GLANCE AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS:
The top collegians will converge in one of the nation's finest track meets in the 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Championships, presented by 76 ProClean Gasoline. The meet is scheduled for Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., Sat.-Sun., May 13-14. Based on an approximate time schedule (subject to minor changes), Saturday's first running event is set for 1:50 pm (men's 4x100-meter relay), the first field event is at 1:55 pm (men's javelin final), and the final event gets over at approximately 7:30 pm. On Sunday, the first field event is tentatively set for 1:45 pm (men's discus), the first running event is at 2:20 pm (men's 4x100 relay), and the last event ends at approximately 5:50 pm. The meet is scored through eight places by the following format for each event: 1st (10 points), 2nd (8), 3rd (6), 4th (5), 5th (4), 6th (3), 7th (2), 8th (1). At the 2005 conference championships held at UCLA's Drake Stadium in Los Angeles, Oregon won the men's team crown with 152 points over UCLA (second, 134 1/2), Arizona State (third, 122) and USC (fourth, 106), while Stanford won its first women's team title with 173 points over UCLA (second, 125), Arizona State (third, 118) and USC (fourth, 99).
HAYWARD FIELD - EUGENE, ORE.:
The University of Oregon's Hayward Field, one of the most famous track and field facilities in the world, is named for Bill Hayward, who coached the University of Oregon's men's team from 1904-1947. Hayward Field was initially constructed for football in 1919, and was founded at that season's homecoming contest. Two years later, a six-lane cinder track was installed and a full schedule of track events was transferred from Kincaid Field on the opposite edge of campus. The facility was utilized for both sports until the opening of Autzen Stadium in 1967. Hayward Field (current capacity: 10,500) entertained its ninth NCAA Championships in 2001 - the most of any collegiate venue in recent history. Previous national collegiate championships were staged in Eugene in 1962, 1964, 1972, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1991 and 1996. In 2001, Hayward Field welcomed its sixth national championship (AAU/TAC/USA), only two years after hosting the 1999 U.S. Championships. In addition, it's the only facility to ever host three consecutive U.S. Olympic Trials (1972, 1976, 1980). The centerpiece of 'Track City USA,' Hayward Field stands as the nation's most fabled track and field facility thanks to its track and field-only usage and covered grandstands comparable to famous European venues. Referred to as the 'Carnegie Hall' of U.S. track and field venues, it also plays host annually to the nation's finest single-day track and field contest, the Prefontaine Classic, which features the top mix of national and international talent on American soil each year. - Compliments University of Oregon Media Relations.
A LOOK AT THE PAC-10 MULTI EVENTS:
California senior Scott Sobieralski finished fifth in the decathlon and redshirt freshman Tifani Grimes placed seventh in the heptathlon at the 2006 Pac-10 Multi Event Championships, presented by 76 ProClean Gasolines, in Eugene, Ore. Sobieralski finished the two-day event with a total of 6946 points. On Sunday, Sobieralski posted a 14.92 in the 110m hurdles, 35.76m in the discus, 4.75m in the pole vault, 52.62m in the javelin and 4:55.73 in the 1500m. In the first day of the decathlon, he was clocked at 11.46 in the 100m, jumped 6.50m in the long jump, threw the shot put 12.78m, was marked at 1.89m in the high jump and ran 52.70 in the 400m. Sobieralski was the only Golden Bear to compete in the decathlon, and he earned four points for Cal. In the second day of the heptathlon, Grimes recorded 5.29m in the long jump, 37.22 in the javelin throw and 2:29.50 in the 800m, finishing with a point total of 5034 for seventh. On the first day Grimes was clocked at 14.33 in the 100m hurdles and 26.37 in the 200m. She was marked at 1.66m in the high jump and 10.74 in the shot put. For her seventh-place finish, Grimes collected two points for the Bears. Also in the heptathlon Artensia Young placed 11th with 4636 points. On the final day, she tallied a 5.36 in the long jump, 23.67m in the javelin throw and clocked at 2:32.29 in the 800m. Young posted a 14.25 in the 100m hurdles, 1.57m in the high jump, 9.56m in the shot put and 25.76 in the 200m.
LAST YEAR AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Last year at the Pac-10 Championship held in Los Angeles at Drake Stadium on the UCLA campus, the women finished in with 82 points and the men placed eighth with 60.5 points. Paul Teinert posted a personal best and won Cal's first event of the 2005 championships. Teinert threw 235-11 in the javelin on his very first throw to take the lead. It would be Teinert's only throw over 70.0m as he fouled the rest of his throws during the prelims and threw 69.97m (226-3) in his last throw of the finals. Jonas Hallgrimsson used his very last throw to put out a personal best of 213-6 for fifth. The two athletes scored a total of 14 points for the men's team. Carrie Johnson was Cal's top finisher in the women's hammer at sixth place. Johnson threw 173-4 in the prelims and was able to hold the position through the finals. Missy Faubus tossed a tremendous season best of 169-3 in the women's discus to give her the last scoring spot. Ed Wright had clean jumps all the way up to 6-11.75 to tie for third in the high jump with Washington's Norris Frederick. In the 800m, Andy McClary would run out extremely fast with the lead pack that came through at 2:05.9. Osarhiemen Omwanghe came into the finals with the fourth best time in the prelims and would finish close to it, finishing fifth with a time of 13.76. Omwanghe's finish gave the Bears four points. Antonette Carter and Shannan Hawes came into the finals of the women's 100m with both having personal bests in the prelims. Carter broker her own school record in the prelims with a time of 11.43, while Hawes ran past her old personal best of 11.84 with a new time of 11.75. Neither of the Golden Bears was able to beat her best performances from the day before. Carter came across the tape fourth at 11.57, while Hawes scrambled for the last scoring position at 11.84. Hawes and Carter tallied six points for the Bears. In the 200m, Carter finished in fourth place at 23.50. Hawes placed ninth at 24.41. Carter's finish gave the Bears five points. The Golden Bears won both preliminary heats of the women's 800m the day before with sophomore Whitney Schmucker completing the trifecta as the third Cal runner in the finals. Senior Chloe Jarvis and freshman Alysia Johnson were the heat winners with the two fastest times coming in. Jarvis set a season best in the finals of 2:04.53. Johnson chopped three seconds off her personal best to clock 2:05.94. Schmucker was sixth at 2:07.20. The trio scored a total of 16 points for the Bears.
Last year, senior Antonette Carter had a successful outing at the Pac-10 Championships in Los Angeles. At the 112th Big Meet Carter rewrote her school record of 11.43 in the 100m she set at the Pac-10 Championships last year. She set a new school record of 11.33 in the 100mn at the Big Meet. 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. 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.
Sophomore Alysia Johnson is aiming to secure her first Pac-10 title in the 800m this season. The two-time All-American has already posted a regional qualifying mark in both the 400m and the 800m. In her first 400m race of the season, Johnson won it with a time of 53.01. 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.
Defending Pac-10 javelin champion senior Paul Teinert successful outdoor season has him in line to defend his title this weekend in Eugene. At his final home at the 112th Big Meet, Teinert finished second with his throw of 207-08 (63.13m). At the Brutus Hamilton, one of the best competitions this season for Teinert, he finished second in the javelin behind All-American Keron Francis of Boise State. Teinert had a regional qualifying mark of 228-10 (69.76m). Teinert made his initial debut in the javelin at the Hornet Invitational three weeks ago. Teinert finished second in the event behind teammate Ryan Young, with his throw of 230-07. Teinert now ranks third in the nation in the javelin. Last season, Teinert was the Pac-10 champion in the javelin and set Cal's outdoor school record in the event with his throw of 235-11 at the Pac-10 Championships last year in Los Angeles. The mark is also the atop Cal's All-time list. Teinert went on to compete at the NCAA Championships, eventually earning All-American honors with his seventh-place finish.
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 threw the same distance 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).
Senior Osarhiemen Omwanghe continues to beat her opponents in the 100m hurdles. This Big Meet 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.
Redshirt freshman Emilee Strot continued her strength in the throwing events at the Modesto and Drake Relays. In the discus at the Modesto Relays she was marked at 167-01 (50.93m) and at Drake Strot finished fifth in the discus with a throw of 169-11 (51.79m). Despite her solid performance, it was hard to top her outstanding marks from the previous weekend at the Big Meet. At the Big Meet she set a new Cal freshman record in the discus with her mark of 177-11. This mark broke the record she set at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational in Berkeley, where she won the competition with her mark of 174-06 (53.81m). In the shot put at the Big Meet, 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.
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.
GOING THE DISTANCE:
The men's distance medley relay team, featuring some of Cal's best 800m distance runners including sophomore Alex McClary, senior Nestor Solis, sophomore Sean Carey and freshman Mark Matusak, finished third in the distance medley at the Drake Relays with a time of 9:49.80. The men's 800m distance runners also had an outstanding weekend at the 112th Big Meet the previous weekend. Sophomore Alex McClary won the 800m race with his regional qualifying time of 1:49.53. Sophomore Sean Carey finished third with his personal-best time of 1:51.77. 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.
The men's throwing corps of freshman Nate Rolfe, sophomores John Ludden and Craig Kent has tallied some impressive marks this season. Rolfe has already set regional qualifying marks in both the hammer and the discus. He recorded Cal's fourth-best all-time 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 also posted regional qualifying marks in both the hammer and discus. 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. At the Big Meet against Stanford, Kent posted a 55-09.75 (17.01m) in the hammer to win the competition and also qualify for the regionals.
THE WRIGHT WAY:
Sophomore sensation Ed Wright continued his success in the high jump last weekend at the Modesto Relays. He won the competition for a fourth consecutive meet, with her mark of 2.10m (6-10.75), qualifying him for the Regional. At the Drake Relays he won the competition with his mark of 6-08.75 (2.05m), topping his winning mark of 6-06 (1.98m) from the 112th Big Meet the previous weekend. 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.
Junior Kelechi Anyanwu posted another regional qualifying mark in the shot put at the Drake Relays. Anyanwu was marked at a team-best 49-07.75 (14.79m). 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:
This outdoor season relays have been strength for Golden Bears. The 4 x 100m relay team of Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett, Brandon Hampton and Alex Beitashour finished fifth with their season-best time of 41.68. 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 Mackenzie 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.
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:
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).
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).
Those Cal track and field members who have qualified for the NCAA Regional will travel to the NCAA West Regional in Provo, Utah on May 26-27.