Cal Sends Bears to South Bend, Seattle

March 2, 2007

BERKELEY - The California track and field team sends Golden Bears to two different meets, as it tries to qualify more athletes for the upcoming NCAA Indoor Championships. Cal will compete in the Alex Wilson Invitational Friday and Saturday, March 2-3, in South Bend, Ind., and in a Last-Chance Meet in Seattle, Wash., on March 2.

The NCAA Indoor Championships will take place March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark.

Last Time Out:
Women 3rd, Men 6th at MPSF Indoor Championships
The Bears are coming off the 2007 MPSF Indoor Championships in Seattle, where the Cal women took third place and the Cal men took sixth place. The Cal men's distance medley relay made history, winning its race in a school-record time of 9:34.99 at Dempsey Indoor.

The Golden Bears foursome of senior Giliat Ghebray, senior Nestor Solis, junior Francis Gadayan and senior Kevin Davis, who broke the meet record of 9:38.87 set by Stanford last year, also ran an NCAA Championships provisional qualifying time in the relay. They were .99 of a second from clocking an automatic NCAA qualifying time.

The 9:34.99 is an overall Cal school record, both indoors and outdoors.

Cal junior Ed Wright had an NCAA Championships provisional qualifying and lifetime-best mark of 2.20 meters (7-02.50) to win the high jump. Wright's mark tied the Cal indoor record set by Teak Wilburn in 2004 and moves Wright to eight place on Cal's all-time men's high jump list.

Junior teammate Alysia Johnson ran a provisional qualifying time of 2:05.63 to take second in the 800. Johnson had already automatically qualified for the NCAAs in the 800 at the Husky Classic, an earlier meet in Seattle.

Also on the men's side, Cal senior Giliat Ghebray also ran a provisional qualifying time, taking third place in the 3000 meters with a lifetime-best 7:56.51. Ghebray's brother, Yosef, a freshman for the Bears, ran a lifetime-best and Cal freshman-record 8:05.25 to take ninth in the 3000. Yosef Ghebray's time also moves him up to third place on Cal's all-time list.

Cal junior Cassandra Strickland took second in the women's triple jump with a provisional qualifying mark of 12.98 meters (42-07). Also, in the women's 4x400-meter relay, the Bears quartet of sophomore Evelyn Smith, junior Brook Turner, sophomore Mackenzie Pierce, and Johnson ran a provisional qualifying time and Cal indoor record of 3:37.64 to take third. That time moves the Cal relay to fourth on the all-time list.

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