Crabill Wins 5000m Title at the Cal/Nevada Championships
March 30, 2007
Alex Crabill took home the first title of his young career on Friday as the freshman won the 5000m for the Bruins' first team points at the Cal/Nevada Championships in Fresno, CA. Crabill ran 14:43.36 to win, while teammate Jake Matthews finished second, running 14:52.49.
David Klech made his much-anticipated debut in the 400m hurdles on Friday as he ran the second-fastest time of the day, a regional qualifying mark of 52.13. Tracy Session will join Klech in the final after posting the seventh-best time, 53.61.
Kevin Craddock, who has not practiced the high hurdles since February as he recovers from an illness, opted to compete in the hurdles and posted the fastest time of the day, 14.15, also a regional qualifier, to move on to Saturday's final. Teammate Darius Reed posted the second-fastest time behind Craddock, 14.23, and will join him in the finals on Saturday.
Brandon Johnson, competing in an off-event, ran the fastest time of the day in the 800m, running 1:51.57 to advance to Saturday's final.
Marlon Patterson advanced to the finals of the 1500m after running the fourth-best time of the day, 4:01.93.
Stan Griffin led a trio of 200m runners who qualified for Saturday's final as he won heat one with the fourth-fastest time of the day, 21.64. Brandon Smith (21.70, season-best) and Alex Pearlstone (21.86) also advance to the finals after running the seventh and ninth-fastest times of the day.
Griffin also advanced to the finals in the 100m as he posted the seventh-fastest time of the day, 10.92, to win heat two.
In the 400m, three Bruins advanced to Saturday's final as Elijah Wells led the way with his second-best time of the day, 48.38. James Rhoades (48.45) notched the third-fastest time, while Cade Lindahl had the eighth-best time at 48.97.
In field event action, Luke Barr automatically advanced to Saturday's final with a clearance of 6-6.75. Pole vaulters Mike Landers, David Murphy and Dustin DeLeo also automatically advanced to the finals with their clearance of 15-7.
Michael Johnson advanced to the finals in both the long jump and triple jump as he posted the third-best long jump mark (22-9.75) and second-best triple mark (48-10.25). Steven Taylor also qualified for the finals in the triple with his season-best jump of 47-9.
In the hammer throw, Boldizsar Kocsor posted the best mark of the day with a toss of 205-1, and is the favorite to win the Cal/Nevada title on Saturday. Chris Burbach advanced to the javelin finals with his automatic mark of 177-9.
John Caulfield had the farthest shot mark of the day as he threw a regional qualifier and season-best 59-7.50. Nick Robinson (55-10.50) and Darius Savage (54-6) also advanced to the finals after posting the fourth and sixth-best marks of the day.
In the discus, five Bruins advance to the finals on Saturday as Greg Garza led the way with his season-best throw of 180-5. Savage (172-3, 3rd), Jason Rider (171-0, 5th), Robinson (167-6, 6th) and Josh Rider (165-11, 7th) will join Garza in the finals.
Competition continues on Saturday with the finals of all events.
Kyle Shackleton will compete in the 10,000m in Palo Alto on Friday night. Results will be posted later in the evening.