The Golden Bears Compete at NCAA West Regional
May 23, 2006
IN THE STARTING BLOCKS:
Individuals from the California track and field team will travel to the NCAA West Regional in Provo, Utah, on Friday-Saturday, May 26-27. Last time on the track the Golden Bears competed at the 2006 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships, presented by 76 ProClean Gasoline.
A QUICK LOOK AT CALIFORNIA:
Those who have set qualifying marks will travel to Provo, Utah, for the NCAA West Regional. Last weekend at the Pac-10 Championships several Golden Bears scored points to help the women place in fifth and the men in eighth. Sophomore Alysia Johnson was just shy of claiming her first Pac-10 title in the 800m. Senior Antonette Carter placed sixth and third inn the 100m and 200m respectively. Throwers Emilee Strot and Nate Rolfe had successful outings at the Pac-10 Championships. Sophomore Ed Wright collected six points with his third-place finish in the high jump. Now the Golden Bears will look to earn the right to travel up interstate 80 for the NCAA Championships.
A GLANCE AT THE NCAA REGIONAL:
This year's NCAA West Regional will be held at The Robison Track & Field Complex on the BYU Campus. The 400-meter track consists of nine 42-inch lanes with 85-meter straightaways and 118-meter curves. The Mondo Super X track was resurfaced in the summer of 2004. All field events will be contested on the stadium infield.
A LOOK BACK AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Sophomore All-American Alysia Johnson was one second shy of earning her first Pac-10 title in her staple race, the 800m. Johnson and the rest of the Golden Bear women finished in sixth with 76.50 points at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships, presented by 76 Quality ProClean Gasolines in Eugene, Ore. The Cal men finished in eighth with 53 points. Johnson, earned eight points with her second place finish in the 800m. She crossed the finish line at 2:06.85, just shy of Pac-10 Champion Rebekah Nobel of Oregon's 2:05.81 winning time. In her final Pac-10 Championships senior Antonette Carter earned 11 points between her times in both the 100m and the 200m. In the 100m, Carter was clocked at 13.91 (sixth place) and in the 200m she was third with her performance of 23.29. Carter was also a member of the 4 x 100m relay team along with seniors Osarhiemen Omwanghe and Tiffany Johnson and freshman Chandra Picott. The group finished third with their time of 44.90, earning six points. Omwanghe earned six additional points for the Golden Bear women on Sunday. In the 100m hurdles, Omwanghe finished in sixth with her time of 13.91 (three points) and she was clocked at 1:04.15 in the 400m hurdles (two points). In the discus throw, freshman Emilee Strot added six points with her toss of 51.87m (third place). Also in the competition, junior Kelechi Anyanwu was marked at 49.72m, earning three points. Also adding points for the Golden Bear women, the 4 x 400m relay team of freshman Mackenzie Pierce, sophomore Brook Turner, freshman Kristin Holmes and sophomore Alysia Johnson with their time of 3:38.56 (five points), senior Tiffany Johnson in the 200m 23.98 (two points), junior Carrie Johnson in the hammer with her mark of 63.47m (four points), sophomore Brook Turner with a time of 54.06 in the 400m (three points) and senior Trinety White in the triple jump with her jump of 11.99m (one point). Sophomore Ed Wright chipped in the most points for the Cal men. Wright finished third in the high jump with his mark of 2.10m, securing six points for the Bears. In the 800m sophomore Alex McClary was clocked at 1:49.85 giving the Bears five points. Also earning points for the men was senior Nestor Solis in the 400m with the time of 47.29 (four points), in the 110m hurdles sophomore Craig Gallimore was timed at 14.17 (four points), freshman Mark Matusak finished sixth in the 1500m with his time of 3:45.04 (three points), freshman Nate Rolfe was marked at 55.12m in the discus (one point) and freshman Jake Hanson nabbed one point in the 400m hurdles with his time of 53.75. In the women's shot put Pac-10 finale, Cal finished fifth, sixth and seventh earning a total of nine points for the Cal women. 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, 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 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 Tifani 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. Teinert, 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, 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).
LAST YEAR AT THE NCAA REGIONALS:
The wind worked against junior Antonette Carter in every way possible. In the prelims of the women's 200m, the sprinter suffered a headwind of 2.2 m/s for a relatively slow clocking of 23.80. During the finals Carter was aided by a tailwind of 2.3 m/s, just over the legal limit of 2.0 m/s, and ran her fastest time ever. In the women's 800m, Alysia Johnson beat out her lifetime best set at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships. The freshman's old mark of 2:05.94 was broken with a time of 2:04.82 for fourth place and a trip to Sacramento. The time makes Johnson the fourth-fastest 800m runner in Cal history. Senior Chloe Jarvis, meanwhile, finished sixth in 2:07.03. Freshman Cassandra Strickland matched her seasonal best in the women's triple jump. Strickland opened up with what would be her best jump of the day at 41-7 to put her in third after the first round where she would finish. 800m runner Alex McClary, in only his fourth trip under 1:50.00, came in eighth with a time of 1:49.68. The women's 4x100m ran their fastest time of the season to finish third. The team of Omwanghe, Johnson, Hawes and Carter clocked 44.63 to beat out their earlier season best of 44.68 set in the finals at the Pac-10 championships. The 4x400m women's relay fared well. The same breakthrough team that ran 3:37.62 at the 2005 Pac-10 championships of Schmucker, Johnson, Hawes and Jarvis ran 3:38.85 for third and a ticket to the national championships. Paul Teinert, who owns a personal best of 235-11 set at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, was leading by the second round with a toss of 216-7 after fouling his first attempt. Burgh, meanwhile, had set a lifetime best on his first throw at 210-2. Going into the finals Teinert stood in third place Adam Burgh would improve in the fifth round with his best throw of the day at 215-6. All-American Rhuben Williams, who was second at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships behind Sean Shields of Arizona, beat out an even stronger field in the men's shot put. Williams won with at throw 63-4.75. On the long jump runway Carter won the long jump handily with what would have been a lifetime best of 21-6.25 except for a wind reading of 2.2 m/s.
Senior Antonette Carter is closing out on her career at Cal. The Concord, Calif., native wants to leave with a bang, possibly earning a shot at a NCAA title in either the 100m or the 200m. At the Pac-10 Championships Carter earned 11 points for the Bears, between her final times in the 100m (13.91) and the 200m (23.29). 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 Carter 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.
Just a second and four hundredths of a second off her first Pac-10 championship in the 800m, sophomore Alysia Johnson is looking to avenge her Pac-10 counterpart Rebekah Nobel of Oregon. Nobel, the 800m Pac-10 Champion currently has the third-best time in the nation she set on May 5 of 2:02.85. At this year's NCAA Indoor Championship, where Johnson finished third - Nobel was in second. Johnson, a 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 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.
Senior Paul Teinert came up shy of defending his Pac-10 title in the javelin at the Pac-10 Championships. Teinert threw 221-10 (67.62m) to finish behind Washington's Juan Romero who won the title with his toss of 233-11. Romo's throw still did not beat Teinert's toss of 235-11 in last year's competition. 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. 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). Her personal best and season best throw came at the Pac-10 Championships. Johnson threw 208-03 (63.47), earning four points at the meet.
At the Pac-10 Championships senior Osarhiemen Omwanghe set her personal best in the 400m hurdles. Omwanghe hit a season-best time of 1:00.34. During the course of the season Omwanghe continued 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, finishing third in the discus. Strot tossed a 51.78m in the competition to earn six points for the Bears. 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:
Sophomore Alex McClary has his eye on the prize heading into the NCAA West Regional. McClary was clocked at 1:49.85, fourth place, in the 800m at the Pac-10 championships. He earned five points for the Golden Bears. At the 112th Big Meet, McClary posted his season-best time in the 800m of 1:49.53. McClary has a successful indoor season recording his indoor season-best of 1:49.71 at the Alex Wilson Invitational in early March.
The men's throwing corps of freshman Nate Rolfe, sophomores John Ludden and Craig Kent all added seven points this weekend for the Golden Bear men. During the season they all have tallied some impressive marks this season. Rolfe has 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 at the Pac-10 Championships where he finished third (2.10m), earning six points for Cal. Up until the Pac-10 Championships he had won the competition for a fourth consecutive meet. At the Modesto Relays Wright was victorious with his 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 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.
Earning eight points for the Golden Bear at the Pac-10 Championships junior Kelechi Anyanwu posted another excellent performance. Anyanwu finished fifth in the shot put with her toss of 48-02.5 (14.69m) and finished sixth in the discus with her mark of 49.72m. 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.
INKIN' THE HEIGHT:
In a return home this season freshman Inika McPherson won her section of the high jump at the Texas Relays. McPherson posting her 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.
Sophomore Cassandra Strickland added a regional qualifying mark to her resume at the Texas Relays. 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).
At the Jordan Payton Cardinal Invite junior Giliat Ghebray posted a regional qualifying mark in the 5000m with his time of 13:50.84. Ghebray passed by his best time last season of 14:04.00 in the 5000m he recorded at the Stanford Invitational. Ghebray time this season ranks him fifth on Cal's all time list.
Senior Tiffany Johnson recorded her personal best in the 200m at the Pac-10 Championships. Johnson was clocked at 23.82 in the prelims. Johnson finished seventh earning two points for the Bear in the 200m with her finals time of 23.98. Johnson also has posted an impressive regional qualifying mark in the long jump. At the 112th Big Meet Johnson was marked at 19-09.00 (6.02m), her personal best.
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 Championships will travel up interstate 80 to Sacramento, Calif., to contend for a shot at a title on June 7-10.