Track and Field Sends Eight Athletes to NCAA Championships

May 31, 2006

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IN THE STARTING BLOCKS:
Individuals from the California track and field team will travel to the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, on Wednesday-Saturday, June 7-10. Last time on the track the Golden Bears competed at the NCAA West Regional May 26-27, in Provo, Utah for a berth in the NCAA Championships.

A QUICK LOOK AT CALIFORNIA:
Last weekend several Golden Bears looked to escape the hotly contested West Region to travel to the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Eight Bears did so, as the women finished in sixth (47) and the men in 14th (12.50). Senior Antonette Carter put on a show at the NCAA West Regional, shattering her school record of 23.06 in the 200m, with her time of 22.79, in the prelims. Carter went to finish third in the 200m, and also the 100m (11.24 - wind aided). Third place was Carters lucky spot, as she finished in third in the long jump with her season-best jump of 20-11.25 (6.38m). Sophomore Alysia Johnson could not slip past her Pac-10 foe, Rebekah Nobel of Oregon, as Nobel edged Johnson again in the 800m. In field events, junior Carrie Johnson finished fifth in the hammer with her mark of 63.08m (206-11). Redshirt freshman Emilee Strot was marked at 49.91m (162-01) in the discus for a sixth-place finish.

COMING TO YOU LIVE:
The 2006 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships will feature four-and-a-half hours of live television coverage. College Sports Television (CSTV) plans to air two hours of Friday, June 9 competition. CSTV will broadcast two hours of competition (5 p.m. to 7 p.m. PDT) on Friday, June 9. CBS will air two-and-a-half hours of live coverage (1:30 to 3 p.m. PDT) on Saturday, June 10, the final day of the four-day collegiate championships. Live results can also be found on the NCAA website (http://www.ncaasports.com) or Sacramento State's athletic website (http://www.hornetsports.com).

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
The decathlon at the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships will start off the meet on Wednesday, June 7, at 10 a.m. (PDT). Cal's athletes start up competition later that afternoon with Antonette Carter in the long jump qualifying at 3:30 p.m. (PDT). Alysia Johnson will compete in the first round of the 800m at 3:40 p.m. (PDT). At 4:30 p.m. (PDT) Emilee Strot will participate in the discus qualifying and Osarhiemen Omwanghe in the 110m hurdles qualifying. Carter will compete again on Wednesday at 5:10 p.m. in the first round of the 200m. Giliat Ghebray will compete in the 5000m at 8:30 p.m. (PDT) on Wednesday. Thursday, June 8, will introduce three more Golden Bears to the NCAA limelight. At 11 a.m. (PDT) Carrie Johnson will compete in the hammer throw qualifying round. Paul Tienert and Ryan Young will participate in the qualifying round of the javelin at 1:15 p.m. (PDT). Depending on the Bears' outcomes in the opening rounds, they could proceed into the finals, which run through Saturday, June 10.

HORNET STADIUM - SACRAMENTO, CALIF.:
Hornet Stadium, home to the Sacramento State track and field and football programs and located in the A.G. Spanos Sports Complex, currently seats over 21,000. The stadium remains the largest in the Big Sky Conference. Thanks to a generous donation by local businessman Alex G. Spanos, Hornet Stadium has seen more than $2 million in renovations since 1998 and has become one of the true centers of the track and field world. The venue has served as host to the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials, the 2001 National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships and the 2003 and 2005 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Hornet Stadium is also on tap to host NCAA Divison I outdoor championships in 2006 and 2007. Hornet Stadium has a red 400 meter oval, constructed by Mondo, USA, Inc., and surfaced with Mondo Sportflex Super X. The facility has nine 1.22 meter wide lanes on the oval and nine lanes on the finish line side straight-away. The track has a 37-meter radius with the 3000m water jump on the inside of the track in the far end of the North curve. The field event areas include two red dual directional long/triple jump runways positioned on the inside of the East side of the track running North and South. There are two red dual directional pole vault runways positioned on the inside of the North end of the track that run East to West. The high jump has two red approach areas on each end. The field event approach surfaces are all Mondo Sportflex Super X. The facility also includes a discus circle in the southeast corner and two shot put circles all of brushed concrete at the north end. There is also a javelin runway at both ends of the track. - Compliments Sacramento State Media Relations.

A LOOK BACK AT THE NCAA REGIONAL:
In the final day of the NCAA West Regional senior Antonette Carter continued her success in the sprints and sophomore Alysia Johnson finished second in the 800m, as the women finished in sixth place with 47 points. The men's team finished 14th with 12.50 points in Provo, Utah. Carter finished third in both the 100m and 200m. After breaking the school record in the 200m in the prelims, Carter was clocked at 23.07 in the final, earning six points with her third-place finish in the finale. The races' winner, USC's Carol Rodriguez, set the West region's record in the race with her time of 22.62. Carter also finished third in the 100m with her time of 11.24, earning six points. Carter also joined senior Osarhiemen Omwanghe, senior Tiffany Johnson and freshman Chandra Picott in the 4x100m relay. The group finished fourth with its time of 44.99, earning five points. In the 800m, Johnson still could not get past Oregon's Rebekah Nobel in the final. Johnson finished in second at 2:08.04, earning eight points. Johnson also finished second behind Nobel at the Pac-10 Championships earlier this month. Omwanghe finished sixth in the 100m hurdles with her time of 13.46, earning three points. Tiffany Johnson earned two points for the Golden Bear women with her seventh-place time in the 200m (23.89). In the 400m, Brook Turner secured three points with her sixth-place finish (55.18). Junior Carrie Johnson finished fifth in the hammer with her mark of 63.08m (206-11), earning four points. Redshirt freshman Emilee Strot was marked at 49.91m (162-01) in the discus, earning three points for the Bears with her sixth-place finish. On the men's side, senior Nestor Solis finished sixth in the 400m, with his time of 47.71. Solis earned three points for the Golden Bear men. Freshman Mark Matusak was clocked at 4:04.23 in the finals of the 1500m, earning a point for his eighth-place finish. Sophomore Ed Wright earned 2.50 points with his mark of 2.06m (6-09.00) in the high jump, finishing sixth. Freshman Ryan Young finished ninth in the men's javelin with his mark of 65.28m (214-02) and senior Paul Teinert tossed a 63.88m (209-07) finishing 10th. On the first day, Carter broke her school record in the 200m, with her impressive time of 22.72 in the prelims. The time sent her into the 200m final. She broke her school record of 23.05 set last year. Carter also secured six points for the Golden Bear women with her season-best jump of 20-11.25 (6.38m) in the long jump. In the 100m Carter breezed past competition with her fourth-place time of 11.08. The time was wind aided at 3.1. John Ludden set his personal best in the hammer in the first day's action. He earned a point for the Golden Bear men, with his mark of 196-11 (60.02m). Also in field events on the first day, sophomore Daisy Van Ravenswaay finished eighth, earning a point, with her personal best mark of 48-11.75 (14.93m) in the shot put. Omwanghe qualified for Saturday's final in the 100m hurdles, with her preliminary time of 13.51. Alysia Johnson also qualified for the 800m final with her time of 2:09.36 in the prelims. Turner qualified for the 400m finals with her time of 54.77. In the men's 400m Solis set his personal best with his preliminary time of 47.09. Senior Tiffany Johnson also set her personal best in the 200m with her time of 23.52. Freshman Jake Hanson was just shy of qualifying for Saturday's final in the 400m hurdles, but he did set his personal best at 51.76.

CHASING CARTER:
Senior Antonette Carter is closing out her career at Cal. The Concord, Calif., native wants to leave with a bang, possibly earning a shot at an NCAA title in either the 200m or long jump. At the NCAA West Regional Carter destroyed her school record in the 200m (23.06) with her time of 22.79 in the prelims. Carter went on to finish in third place in the finals of the 200m. Carter also finished third in the 100m with her final time 11.24 (wind aided). A few weeks ago 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, running an 11.33 in the 100m in 2006. Carter finished second in the race behind Stanford's Chauntae Bayne. Carter and Bayne squared off again in the 200m. Bayne 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.

AMAZING ALYSIA:
Just one and four hundredths of a second off her first Pac-10 championship in the 800m a few weeks ago, sophomore Alysia Johnson still could not avenge her loss to one Pac-10 counterpart Rebekah Nobel of Oregon at the NCAA West Regional. Nobel, the 800m Pac-10 Champion currently has the third-best time in the nation (2:02.85) she set on May 5. At the West Regional, Johnson finished again in second place behind Nobel with the time of 2:08.04. At this year's NCAA Indoor Championships, where Johnson finished third - Nobel was 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.

TARGET TEINERT:
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. Romero'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 earlier. 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.

CLASSIC CARRIE:
At the NCAA West Regional junior Carrie Johnson chipped in four points for the Golden Bear women. Johnson finished fifth in the hammer with her throw of 63.08m (206-11). 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 prior. 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.

OUTSTANDING OSARHIEMEN:
During the course of the season senior Osarhiemen Omwanghe continued to beat several opponents in the 100m hurdles. At the NCAA West Regional, Omwanghe ran a close race, but finished in sixth with her season-best time of 13.46. 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. In mid-April, in the pouring rain at the Brutus Hamilton Omwanghe notched another regional qualifying mark of 13.86 to win the race. At the Pac-10 Championships Omwanghe set her personal best in the 400m hurdles. Omwanghe hit a season-best time of 1:00.34.

SUPERB STROT:
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.

RADIANT RYAN:
For the NCAA Championships, freshman Ryan Young will return to the place where he made a statement to open up his career as a Golden Bear. Young threw 232-10 in the javelin, winning the competition at the Hornet Invitational in late March. 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.

GREAT GHEBRAY:
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.

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 meet 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. At the NCAA Regional in Provo, Utah, Carter shattered her 200m school record of 23.06, with her new time of 22.79.

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).

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).

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