Women's Track and Field in Fifth After First Day of Pac-10 Championships

May 13, 2006

EUGENE, Ore. - The California women's track and field team stands in fifth place following the first day of competition at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships, presented by 76 Quality ProClean Gasolines in Eugene, Ore. The Golden Bear women have 18.50 points going into tomorrow's finals. Arizona State leads the women with 82.50 points and Stanford is in second with 40 points.

In the women's shot put Pac-10 finale today, Cal finished fifth, sixth and seventh earning a total of nine points for the Cal women. Junior Kelechi Anyanwu threw a fifth place worthy toss of 48-02.5 (14.69m) in the competition. Anyanwu collected four points with her place. Also scoring, freshman Emilee Strot finished at 48-02 (14.63m) with three points and sophomore Daisy Van Ravenswaay tossed a 47-03.5 (14.54m) to add two points.

Also in the women's long jump senior Antonette Carter earned four points with her fifth place jump of 19-09.75 (6.04). In the women's javelin Strot gained three more points for Cal with her toss of 146-08 (44.71m). In the women's high jump final freshman Tiffani Grimes tied for eighth at 5-07 (1.70m) earning a half-a-point.

Cal's senior Paul Teinert came up shy of defending his Pac-10 title in the javelin on Saturday. Tienert, who threw 221-10 (67.62m), finished behind Washington's Juan Romero who threw a Pac-10 title winning throw of 233-11 - which still does not beat Teinert's toss of 235-11 that claimed last year's title. Teinert did contribute eight points with his second place finish. Also earning points for the Golden Bears in the javelin were junior Jonas Hallgrimsson, who finished fourth with his throw of 216-05 (five points) and freshman Ryan Young who finished eighth with his toss of 208-02 (one point).

In the men's hammer final, freshman Nate Rolfe collected five points after throwing the hammer 204-08 (62.38m) for fifth place. Adding a point in the hammer also Zak Thomas placed eighth with his mark of 185-02 (56.43m).

The 4 x 100m relay team of senior Osarhiemen Omwanghe and Tiffany Johnson and freshman Chandra Picott and Kristin Holmes qualified for tomorrow's final race with their time of 46.03. This is the fourth fastest time going into tomorrow's finals.

Also qualifying for their respective finals tomorrow, Carter in the 200m (23.86, prelim), freshman Mark Matusak in the 1,500m (3:47.76, prelim), sophomore Alysia Johnson in the 800m (2:09.41, prelim) and Alex McClary in the 800m (1:51.18, prelim).

The Bears will wrap up the Pac-10 Championships, presented by 76 Quality ProClean Gasolines, tomorrow afternoon in Eugene, Ore. The meet is being held at Hayward Field. Field events start at 1:45 p.m. (PDT), with running events to follow promptly at 2:20 p.m. (PDT).

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