California Track and Field Kicks off California Collegiate Challenge

April 27, 2007

BERKELEY - The California men's and women's track and field teams opened the first annual California Collegiate Challenge with a bang on Friday, at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley, Calif. The Golden Bears notched several regional qualifying marks, in addition to having six individual event winners.

Senior Carrie Johnson got the Bears going on Friday morning, winning the hammer throw with her mark of 64.38m (211-03).

After Johnson claimed the first event of the day freshman Taylor Franklin capped off the women's high jump in ninth at 3.65m (11-11.75). Freshman Theresa Raub, joined her classmate Franklin in the event placing 13th with her mark of 3.50m (11-05.75).

In the women's discus the Bears finished in the first two positons, with senior Kelechi Anyanwu winning the event with her mark of 52.72m (172-11). Sophomore Emilee Strot finished second with her mark of 51.93m (170-04). Joining Anyanwu and Strot in the event were sophomore Missy Faubus who finished fifth with her mark of 48.02m (157-06) and senior Daisy Van Ravenswaay also tapped out in the event at 44.83m (147-01) in ninth.

Sophomore Inika McPherson won the high jump with her 1.75m (5-08.75). Her Cal teammate, sophomore Tifani Grimes finished in third (1.65m, 5-05.00).

On the track, Cal's freshman Beckie Palm was clocked at 11:30.32 in the 3000 SC. Also in the 5000m freshman Rowena Tam was clocked at 18:19.35.

On the men's side junior Ed Wright tied with Houston's Ivan Diggs for first with their marks of 2.15m (7-00.50). Also in field events, senior John Ludden finished third with his mark of 62.79m (206-00), a regional qualifying mark, in the men's hammer.

Freshman Ryan Shuler finished third in the pole vault 'section A' with his mark of 5.05m (16-06.75). In the pole vault 'section B', Cal's junior Andrew Stevens tied for first with Florida's Justin Semeyn at 4.75m (15-07.00). Freshman Grigorie Key joined Stevens in the pole vault, placing sixth at 4.60m (15-01.00).

Also in the long jump, Steven Conrad wrapped up the event in sixth with his marks of 7.16m (23-06.00). Kurt Seefeld finished fifth in the men's discus with his mark of 54.07m (177-05).

Freshman Steven Sodaro won the 3000m SC with his time of 9:12.50. Joining Sodaro in the race were senior Micah Parker (third, 9:29.61) and Peter Deptula (sixth, 10:02.43). In the 5000m Matt Miller was clocked at 14:50.02 to finish second. Chris Chavez also in the race, was timed at 14:52.89.

The California Collegiate Challenge will continue on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (PT) with the women's 100m prelims and field events starting at 11 a.m. with the men's shot put and women's triple jump.

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