Bears Head To Seattle For Husky Classic

Feb. 12, 2008


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Bears Continue Indoor Campaign in Seattle
The California track and field team continues the 2008 indoor season at the Husky Classic Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Dempsey Indoor Track Facility in Seattle, Wash. The meet is hosted by the University of Washington. The action kicks off with the women's long jump and the women's 3000 at 8:30 a.m.
A schedule with the start times for each event on both days can be found here
The Golden Bears ended the 2007 outdoor season with two national titles as senior Alysia Johnson won the 800-meter title and Kelechi Anyanwu brought home the NCAA title in the discus. Johnson, among many other accolades achieved last year, also claimed the 800-meter indoor national title.

Cal's Lineup
Interim Track and Field Director Tony Sandoval will bring 41 of his athletes to the Husky Classic. Among the Bears competing will be 2007 All-Americans seniors Alysia Johnson (800 meters) and Ed Wright (high jump), both of which will be making their 2008 debuts.
Also in the lineup are senior Thomas Mack (60-meter hurdles) who will try to beat his season-best time of 8.03 that he earned earlier this season, and freshman Cherrelle Garrett (60 meters, 200 meters) who dominated in the first two meets in Nampa, Idaho. Both of Cal's NCAA provisional qualifiers, senior Donny Appanaitis (pole vault) and freshman Cyrena Giordano (pole vault) will also participate.

Scouting the Opposition
Cal will be joined by numerous teams in the USTFCCCA Top 25 at the Husky Classic. Among the top 25 teams are Pac-10 foes Oregon, which has both its men's and women's teams ranked in the top 10 and Arizona State which is ranked in the top 20 for both the men and the women.
The top men's teams include No. 8 Oregon, No. 10 Kentucky, No. 14 Auburn, No. 16 Arizona State, No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 24 Cal State Northridge.
The high-ranked women's teams competing are No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 5 Oregon, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 15 Kentucky, No. 18 Minnesota and No. 23 Washington.
The other Pac-10 teams that will be participating are Stanford and Washington State.

Last Time Out at the United Heritage Invitational
The Bears won 11 events at the United Heritage Invitational on Feb. 1-2. The Cal 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. 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 on the first day of action, Matusak won the 800 on Saturday with a new PR of 1:52.28. 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.

PRs Set at United Heritage Invitational
Multiple PRs were set at the United Heritage Invitational. Donny Appanaitis provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the pole vault with a mark of 5.20 meters (17-0.25). Cyrena Giordano recorded a mark of 12-11.75 in the pole vault to provisionally qualify, and also broke the school indoor record in the process.
Mark Matusak, a multiple winner over the weekend, reached a new personal best in the 800 with a time of 1:52.28. One of his fellow distance runners junior Sean Carey also hit a new PR in the mile, clocking in at 4:17.17, good enough for second overall. Junior Evelyn Smith took third in the 400 with a personal best of 56.52. Junior Jordan Paul PRed in the 60-meter hurdles (8.07) and junior Steven Conrad finished the heptathlon with an all-time best of 5,269 points.

Did You Know
Cal sophomore pole vaulter Taylor Franklin has dual citizenship with the United States and Australia. Franklin, who was born in Palo Alto, Calif., is an art practice major.

Up Next
Cal has next week off before returning to Washington for the MPSF Indoor championships from Feb. 29-March 1. It's the second of three indoor competitions in Seattle, as Cal will compete in the UW Last Chance meet on March 8.

Interim Director of Track and Field Tony Sandoval
Tony Sandoval, a familiar name in San Francisco Bay Area track and field circles, continues his 26th year of association with the California track and field program and his first as the interim Director of Track and Field, after serving the past 17 seasons as the associate director of track and field. Sandoval previously served 10 years as Cal's head women's coach prior to the merger of the men's and women's programs into a single entity.
Sandoval specializes in coaching men's and women's distance events, 800 meters and above, as well as cross country. His expertise also extends to meet management, as he has a wealth of experience conducting major cross country and indoor and outdoor track invitationals. Sandoval was a member of the NCAA Track & Field Rules Committee (1981-88) that directs all three Division I championship meets.
Under his tutelage, members of the Cal women's team have earned All-America honors on 21 different occasions. Most recently, Sandoval added two more honors from two-time national champion Alysia Johnson in the 800 meters, giving her a total of five times receiving the honor. She earned the accolade both indoors and outdoors, in 2006 and 2007 following her one 800 honor in 2005. Chloe Jarvis earned indoor All-America honors in the 800m in 2005. Sandoval also added Erin Belger to the list of All-Americans, as Belger finished third in the 800m at the 2002 NCAA Championships. In cross country, Bridget Duffy earned All-America honors under Sandoval in 2003.