Seniors Take Last Bow, Young Bears Shine in '05-06

June 15, 2006

BERKELEY - The 2005-06 season provided a glimpse of California's future success, while showcasing the final performances of a slew of seniors, including three veterans who competed at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships: Antonette Carter, Paul Teinert and Osarhiemen Omwanghe. The three Golden Bears ended their college careers at the national championships that ended on June 10 in Sacramento.

At the NCAA Championships in the California capital, four Bears - Teinert, Carter, sophomore Alysia Johnson and junior Giliat Ghebray - earned All-American honors. Teinert posted a school-record throw of 236-00 (71.93) in the javelin en route to a fifth-place finish in the javelin final. His throw beat his own former Cal record, set when he won the 2005 Pac-10 championship as a junior, by one inch.

Also at NCAAs, Carter finished 11th in one semifinal of the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.39 and placed 13th in her heat of the women's long jump with a mark of 20-06.25. In the regular season, the Concord product became Cal's all-time outdoor record-holder in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, with a 100 time of 11.33 at the Big Meet in Berkeley and a 22.72 in the 200 preliminary at the NCAA West Regional.

Johnson was perhaps the most impressive Bear at nationals, setting three personal records in each round of the 800-meter run on the way to a third-place finish in the event. Her blistering final time of 2:03.04 also placed her second in the all-time Cal record books for the women's 800.

At NCAAs, Ghebray reached the final of the men's 5000-meter run, taking 13th place in a time of 14:28.33. Omwanghe ran a 13.58 in the 100-meter hurdles to take 20th place and miss a berth in the semifinal round by nine hundredths of a second.

Emilee Strot was impressive in her first year, setting the Cal freshman and overall outdoor records in the women's javelin with her toss of 152-10 at the Hornet Invitational in Sacramento. She also set the Cal freshman record (174-06) in the women's discus and reached the NCAA Championships in the discus, taking 23rd place (155-07) in the prelim round. Fellow Cal freshman Ryan Young also impressed, setting the men's javelin school freshman record of 232-10 at the Hornet Invitational and reaching the NCAA Championships. Young was 14th (214-02) in the NCAA prelim.

Junior Carrie Johnson completed the contingent of Bears at NCAAs, competing in the women's hammer throw.

At the Pac-10 Championships in Eugene, Ore., Alysia Johnson also stood out for the Bears, missing a conference title in the 800 meters by less than one second. She was the runner-up with a time of 2:06.85 to Oregon's Rebekah Noble (2:05.81). Johnson joined Carter, senior Tiffany Johnson and redshirt freshman Chanda Picott to take third place in the 4x100-meter relay (44.90). Carter was also third in the 200 (23.29) and sixth in the 100 (13.91). Strot was third in the discus (51.87 meters). On the men's side, Teinert, the 2005 Pac-10 javelin champ, had a mark of 221-10 to take second place. Junior teammate Jonas Hallgrimsson was fourth (216-05) and Young was eighth (208-02) in the javelin.

During the indoor season, Cal set a slew of records. On the women's side, Cal set indoor records in the 60-meter dash (Carter, 7.33), 200-meter dash (Carter, 23.81), 60-meter hurdles (Omwanghe, 8.31), 800-meter run (Omwanghe, 2:05.49), mile (senior Bridget Duffy, 4:49.04), 3000-meter run (Duffy, 9:39.26), 5000-meter run (sophomore Rebecca Yau, 16:52.66), distance medley relay (senior Lindsey Maclise, freshman Kandi Bonty, Alysia Johnson and Duffy, 11:28.96). On the Cal men's side, the Bears set indoor records in the 800-meter run (sophomore Alex McClary, 1:49.71), 5000-meter run (Ghebray, 14:31.60), distance medley relay (McClary, Andrew McClary, Jacob Hanson and Mark Matusak, 9:42.31) and high jump (junior Teak Wilburn, 7-3.75).

Cal freshman Inika McPherson won the women's high jump at the MPSF Indoor Championships with a jump of 5-09.25 (1.76 meters).

Alysia Johnson also took third place in the 800-meter run at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a time of 2:06.42. She had set the previous Cal record in the event with a run of 2:05.49 in the 800 prelim. Hallgrimsson also competed at the indoor championships, taking 15th place in the men's heptathlon with a total of 3649 points.

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