Johnson Takes Third at Husky Classic

Feb. 16, 2008

SEATTLE, Wash. - California All-American seniors Alysia Johnson and Ed Wright were two of five Golden Bears to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships this afternoon at the Husky Classic at the Dempsey Indoor Track Facility. Junior Mark Matusak and sophomores Michael Coe and Yosef Ghebray were the other three provisional qualifiers.

Johnson, Cal's two-time NCAA champion, placed third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:08.70. Wright, the 2007 Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional champion, claimed second in the high jump when he tied his personal best with a mark of 7-3.25 (2.22m). Junior All-American Inika McPherson also made her 2008 debut, taking third in the high jump with a mark of 5-8.50 (1.74m).

'Alysia won her heat, but two girls in different races technically finished with better times, but she provisionally qualified which is always good,' said Cal interim director of track and field Tony Sandoval. 'Ed looks like he really could be a factor at the NCAA championships.'

Senior Thomas Mack was the only Bear to win an event on Saturday. He set the school indoor record for the 60-meter hurdles when he took top honors with a time of 7.94.

'Mack really looked good today, and he won his race,' Sandoval said. 'Hopefully he'll continue to get some good results next time out at the MPSF championships.'

In the mile, Matusak and Coe each reached new personal bests along with provisionally qualifying for the indoor national championships. Matusak clocked in at 4:03.15 to take 12th, while Coe finished right behind him in 13th at 4:03.43. Their fellow distance runner, Ghebray, hit a new PR in the 3000, the event in which he provisionally qualified for the indoor national championships, crossing the finish line at 8:04.15.

Freshman Cherrelle Garrett took third in the 60-meter dash with a new PR of 7.46. Senior Donny Appanaitis, who has already provisionally qualified for the indoor national championships, took third in the pole vault with a mark of 16-7.25 (5.06m).

Cal has next week off before returning to Seattle for the MPSF Indoor Championships Feb. 29-March 1.

California Results
Women's 60-Meter Hurdles (prelims)

4. Kimyon Broom 8.52Q, 28. Dantia Hudson 9.07, 29. Tifani Grimes 9.09

Women's 60-Meter Hurdles (finals)
8. Kimyon Broom 8.59

Women's 60-Meter Dash (prelims)
5. Cherrelle Garrett 7.55Q, 23. Kayla Dixon 7.90, 35. Dantia Hudson 8.03

Women's 60-Meter Dash (finals)
3. Cherrelle Garret 7.46

Women's 200-Meter Dash
8. Cherrelle Garrett 24.94, 28. Kayla Dixon 25.83

Women's Mile
37. Mackenzie Pierce 5:04.13

Women's 400-Meter Dash
12. Evelyn Smith 57.04, 21. Natalya Beneby 57.80, 23. Hayley Huxtable 58.05

Women's 800-Meter Run
3. Alysia Johnson 2:08.70P, 27. Pippa MacDonald 2:15.03

Women's High Jump
3. Inika McPherson 5-8.50 (1.74m), 7. Tifani Grimes 5-4.50 (1.64m)

Women's Pole Vault
12. Veronica Stimson 12-8.25 (3.87m), 14. Katie Morgan 12-8.00 (3.86m), 14. Allison Stokke (unattached) 12-8.00 (3.86m), 18. Theresa Raub (unattached) 12-2.50 (3.72m).

Women's Long Jump
22. Tifani Grimes 17-6.00 (5.33m)

Women's Triple Jump
5. Artensia Young 40-6.00 (12.34m)

Women's Shot Put
11. Daisy Van Ravenswaay 44-1.50 (13.45m)

Women's Weight Throw
26. Daisy Van Ravenswaay 47-8.00 (14.53m)

Men's 60-Meter Hurdles (prelims)
2. Thomas Mack 8.03Q, 18. Jordan Paul 8.39

Men's 60-Meter Hurdles (finals)
1. Thomas Mack 7.94

Men's 60-Meter Dash (prelims)
15. Kellan Patterson 6.91, 35. Nick Porter 7.10, 49. Kyle Mills-Bunje 7.37

Men's 200-Meter Dash
21. Kellan Patterson 22.23, 30. Nick Porter 22.62

Men's Mile
12. Mark Matusak 4:03.15P, 13. Michael Coe 4:03.43P, 27. Eric Lee 4:11.18

Men's 400-Meter Dash
9. Jake Hanson 48.30, 13. Tojsh Kennedy 48.73

Men's 800-Meter Run
14. Andres Perezchica 1:51.14, 17. Sean Carey, 1:51.95, 31. Francis Gadayan 1:54.67

Men's 3000-Meter Run
13. Yosef Ghebray 8:04.15P, 20. Kari Karlsson 8:12.39, 39. Chris Chavez 8:23.16

Men's Pole Vault
3. Donny Appanaitis 16-7.25 (5.06m), 5. Ryan Shuler 16-1.25 (4.91m), 24. Kyle Mills-Bunje 14-7.50 (4.46m)

Men's Long Jump
25. Kyle Mills-Bunje 21-07.25 (6.58m)

Men's Shot Put
5. Craig Kent 55-9.00 (16.99m), 17. Patrick Kowalsky 47-6.50 (14.49m)

Men's Weight Throw
21. Miles Palacios 53-0.25 (16.16m)

Men's High Jump
2. Ed Wright 7-3.25 (2.22m)P

Men's Triple Jump
17. Christian Green 45-3.50 (13.80m)

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