Cal Competes at Pac-10 Championships

May 9, 2007

BERKELEY - California will begin its quest for its first Pac-10 track and field title for either the men or women this coming weekend at the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships, presented by 76 Gasolines on Saturday, May 12, through Sunday, May 13, on the Stanford campus. The Cal women are ranked 18th in the Trackwire national top 25 poll and 16th in the USTFCCCA poll.

The meet, which will be televised live on Fox Sports, Sunday, May 13 from Stanford, Calif., will field some of the best competition in the country. The meet will get started on Saturday at noon with the men's discus trials and finals.

The women will get things going at 12:10 p.m., with the shot put trials and finals. The running events on Saturday begin at 2 p.m. with the women's 1500-meter trials. Both mens and women's steeplechases and 10,000-meter runs will feature finals on Saturday. On Sunday, the men's javelin kicks off the day at 10 a.m. and the running event finals begin at noon with the women's 4 x 100-meter relay.

Cal at Past Pac-10 Championships
Last season, the Cal women took sixth place with 76.5 points in the team standings at the Pac-10 Championships, while the Cal men were eighth with 53 points.

The Golden Bears' best performances included Alysia Johnson's second-place finish (2:06.85) and Mackenzie Pierce's fifth-place finish (2:08.64) in the women's 800-meter run, Antonette Carter's three individual top-five finishes (3rd in the 200 at 23.39, 4th in the 100 at 11.41 and 5th in the long jump at 6.04 meters/19-9.75), Emilee Strot's third-place finish in the women's discus (51.87 meters/170-2), Ed Wright's third-place finish in the men's high jump (2.10/6-10.75) and Jonas Hallgrimsson's fourth-place finish in the men's javelin (65.96/216-5). Also, the Cal women starred in the 4x100-meter relay (3rd in 44.90) and 4x400 relay (4th in 3:38.56).

The Bears' last Pac-10 crowns came in 2005, when Paul Teinert won the men's javelin with a toss of 235-11 and Chloe Jarvis won the women's 800-meter run with a time of 2:04.53.

Cal's best team finishes in the Pac-10 Championships were second for the men and third for the women. The Cal men took second place behind USC in the 1964 conference meet in Los Angeles. The Cal women took third place, behind winner UCLA and runner-up Oregon, at Pac-10s in 1995 in Tucson, Ariz.

Last Time Out:
Conrad, Grimes Compete at Pac-10 Multis
Cal sophomore Steven Conrad and junior Tifani Grimes finished the 2007 Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships in seventh place in the decathlon and heptathlon, respectively, on May 6, in Stanford, Calif.

Conrad, who set his personal best in the 100-meter dash at 11.07 and won the 400 with his clocking of 49.10, earned two points for the Cal men entering this weekend's Pac-10 Championships. Conrad totaled 6,565 points during the two-day decathlon competition.

In her first heptathlon competition this season, Grimes tallied 4,972 points and earned the Cal women two points in the Pac-10 Championships. Grimes was clocked at her season-best time of 26.83 in the 200. She also recorded a season-best 5-7.75 (1.72) in the high jump.

Last Time Out:
Bears Also at Modesto Relays
A group of Bears also competed at the 66th Coca-Cola Modesto Relays on May 5 in Modesto. Both freshmen Taylor Franklin and Theresa Raub competed in the pole vault. Franklin notched an 11-05.75 (3.50 meters) and Raub posted a 10-11.75 (3.35). On the men's side in the pole vault, freshman Ryan Shuler finished fifth with his mark of 16-06.75 (5.05).

In the women's shot put, Cal sophomore Emilee Strot finished fifth with her mark of 49-5.00 (15.06 meters) and sophomore Missy Faubus notched a 47-7.25 (14.51). Strot and Faubus also competed in the discuss throw notching a 174-11 (53.31) and 158-00 (48.15), respectively. Senior Kelechi Anyanwu also competed in the discus throw finishing ninth with her mark of 176-10 (53.89). Sophomore Inika McPherson also competed in the high jump posting a 5-10.00 (1.78), finishing third.

Up Next:
Bears Head to NCAA Regional

After the conclusion of the Pac-10 Championships, Cal will head to Eugene, Ore., to compete in the NCAA West Region Championships May 25-26.

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