Carter, Teinert Named Most Valuable Golden Bears of 2006

Oct. 5, 2006

BERKELEY - The California track and field program named All-Americans Antonette Carter and Paul Teinert as its Golden Bear Award winners, designating them as Cal's most valuable athletes, at its 2006 Awards Banquet held this past Sunday. Carter and Teinert were among several honorees, who included Nestor Solis (Men's Outstanding Track Event Athlete Award), Alysia Johnson (Walter Christie Award for Outstanding Performance) and Emilee Strot (Outstanding Field Event Athlete Award).

'We enjoyed celebrating the individuals on our team and looking back on a season filled with great performances and accomplishments,' said Chris Huffins, Cal Director of Track and Field. 'From the record-breaking performances of individuals like Antonette Carter, Alysia Johnson, Paul Teinert and Emilee Strot to the clutch performances of the men's 4x100-meter relay victory at the Big Meet vs. Stanford, it was an enjoyable evening to celebrate our team.'

Carter, Teinert and Johnson earned All-America honors at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships last June in Sacramento. Teinert, a senior last season, 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, a senior last season, 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, a sophomore last year, 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.

Strot set the school's freshman record and overall school record (152-10) in the javelin and set the Cal freshman mark in the discus (174-06).

Solis, a senior last year, won a slew of awards in part for his spectacular performances at the Big Meet on April 22 at Edwards Stadium. He was part of the victorious 4x100-meter relay, along with teammates J.P. Suddaby, Alex Beitashour and Jordan Paul, that ran a time of 41.98. Solis also won the 400-meter run in a time of 47.61 and took second in the 200 meters in a then-season-best 21.78.

On Sunday, at the end of the Awards Banquet, the Cal seniors spoke about their experiences in Berkley.

'It is always very moving and emotional to hear the seniors' speeches,' Huffins said. 'It puts all of our struggles and accomplishments into perspective when you hear the seniors talk about their love and appreciation of our program.'

The Bears open the 2007 season on Jan. 20 at the Hampton Inn & Suites Invitational in Boise, Idaho.

The complete list of 2006 Cal track and field awards follows below:

California Men's and Women's 2006 Track & Field Awards

The Golden Bear Award (Most Valuable Athlete) - Paul Teinert and Antonette Carter

Most Valuable Newcomer - Mark Matusak and Mackenzie Pierce

Al Regan Award (Most Improved Male Athlete) - Zak Thomas

Al Regan Ward (Most Improved Female Athlete) - Tiffany Johnson

Brutus Hamilton Award (Outstanding Male Academic Achievement) - Chris Chavez

Brutus Hamilton Award (Outstanding Female Academic Achievement) - Rebecca Yau

Walter Christie Award (Outstanding Male Performance) - Men's 4x100-meter Relay (J.P. Suddaby, Nestor Solis, Alex Beitashour, Jordan Paul) at the 2006 Big Meet

Walter Christie Award (Outstanding Female Performance) - Alysia Johnson ~ 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships ~ 3rd Place, 800 meters

Men's Outstanding Field Event Athlete - Paul Teinert

Women's Outstanding Field Event Athlete - Emilee Strot

Men's Outstanding Track Event Athlete - Nestor Solis

Women's Outstanding Track Event Athlete - Alysia Johnson

Captain's Award - Kurt Seefeld, Antonette Carter, Paul Teinert, Osarhiemen Omwanghe

Scott Norby-Cedillo Mental Attitude Award - Nestor Solis, Kelechi Anyanwu, Rebecca Yau

Track and Field School Records -

- Ryan Young, Freshman Javelin, 70.98 (2006 Hornet Open - Sacramento, Calif.)

- Emilee Strot, Women's Javelin and Freshman Javelin, 152-10 (2006 Hornet Open - Sacramento, Calif.)

- Women's 4x200-meter Relay (Tiffany Johnson, Antonette Carter, Kristin Holmes, Kandi Bonty ), 1:35.79 (2006 Texas Relays - Austin, Texas)

- Antonette Carter, 100 meters, 11.33 seconds (2006 Big Meet - Berkeley, Calif.)

- Antonette Carter, 200 meters, 22.72 seconds (2006 West Regional Championships - Provo, Utah)

- Emilee Strot, Freshman Discus, 177-11 (2006 Big Meet - Berkeley, Calif.)

- Women's Sprint Medley Relay (Tiffany Johnson, Antonette Carter, Brook Turner, Alysia Johnson), 3:48.13 (2006 Texas Relays - Austin, Texas)

- Jake Schmitt, Freshman 10,000 meters, 30:15.38 (2006 Stanford Invitational - Stanford, Calif.)

- Mark Matusak, Men's 3000 meters and Freshman 3000 meters, 8:06.18 (2006 MPSF Championships - Berkeley, Calif.)

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