Bears Win 11 events at United Heritage Invitational
Feb. 2, 2008
NAMPA, Idaho - The California track and field team won a total of 11 events at the United Heritage Invitational, this weekend at the Jacksons Indoor Track, hosted by Boise State. The Golden Bear women dominated on the track, taking first in the 60 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, the mile and the 4x400 relay. The Cal men won the 60 meters, 800 meters, 3000 meters, pole vault and the shot put. In addition, the Bears had their first two provisional qualifiers for the NCAA Indoor championships.
'This was a step up for us from last week,' said interim director of track and field Tony Sandoval. 'We had some better, more competitive marks this weekend, and we had some people step up. It was good to have the preliminaries yesterday. It's a good simulation for the national championships.'
Freshman Cyrena Giordano and senior Donny Appanaitis provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor championships in the pole vault. Appanaitis won the men's pole vault with a new PR of 17-0.25. Giordano recorded a mark of 12-11.75 and also broke the school indoor record and set a new personal best in the process. Giordano took third in the event.
Also in the field events, senior Craig Kent took first in the shot put with a mark of 57-2.25. He was one of four Bears to finish in the top five. Junior Martin Maric took third (52-1), freshman Patrick Kowalsky secured fourth (49-0.25) and sophomore Miles Palacios claimed fifth (48-11.75).
On the track, the Cal women won five races. Freshman Cherrelle Garrett turned in another first-place finish, taking first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.57. Junior Kandi Bonty notched a new personal best in the 200 meters (24.80) and senior Brooke Turner claimed top honors in the 400 (55.49).
Junior Mackenzie Pierce had a strong day, winning the 800 (2:11.98), the mile (4:57.22) and she also ran in the Bears' first-place 4x400 relay (3:46.96). Junior Mark Matusak was also a multiple winner over the weekend. After claiming first in the 3000 yesterday, Matusak won the 800 on Saturday with a new PR of 1:52.28.
In the 60-meter dash, freshman Kellan Patterson took first at 6.93.
'Kellan was a big surprise this weekend,' Sandoval said. 'He didn't compete last weekend, but he looked good in practice and he won, so we're excited for him.'
Cal has next weekend off before competing in the Husky Classic Saturday, Feb. 16, in Seattle, Wash.
Women's 60-Meter Dash
1. Cherrelle Garrett 7.57
Women's 200-Meter Dash
1. Kandi Bonty 24.80
1. Mackenzie Pierce 4:57.72
Women's 60-Meter Hurdles
5. Dantia Hudson 9.04
Women's 4x400 Relay
1. California 3:46.96
Men's 200-Meter Dash
5. Nick Porter 22.77
Men's 400-Meter Dash
2. Jake Hanson 48.27
Men's 4x400 Relay
2. California 3:17.83
Men's Weight Throw
7. Miles Palacios 53-7.5
Women's 60-Meter Dash (prelims)
1. Cherrelle Garrett 7.55Q
Women's 200-Meter Dash (prelims)
1. Kandi Bonty 24.74Q
Men's 3000-Meter Run
1. Mark Matusak 8:33.36