Cal Men Place Second, Women Fourth at MPSF Championships

March 1, 2008

SEATTLE, Wash. - The California track and field team claimed four conference titles at the MPSF championships, Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor Track Facility. The Golden Bear men took second overall as a team, while the Cal women took fourth. Senior All-American Alysia Johnson set an MPSF record and the school indoor record when she won the 800-meter title. Besides Johnson, senior All-American Ed Wright won the high jump title, freshman Cherrelle Garrett won the 60-meter dash and Michael Coe won the 3000 meters.

'It's pretty exciting,' said interim director of track and field Tony Sandoval. 'We were hoping for the best; we knew all kinds of things could have happened. It was a great team effort. They adjusted through the ups and downs and it was all just really exciting to see. The 3000 and the relays really put the exclamation mark on the weekend.'

Johnson took top honors in the 800 with a record-setting time of 2:03.39 and automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Wright won the high jump title with a mark of 2.21m (7-3.00). Garrett provisionally qualified with a personal-best time of 7.40 to win the 60-meter title. Coe won Cal's fourth conference title in the 3000, posting a lifetime-best mark of 7:59.75 and provisionally qualified for the indoor national championships. Finishing right behind him, and also notching a new PR, was sophomore Yosef Ghebray who finished with a provisional-qualifying time of 8:02.68.

Also provisionally qualifying for the indoor national championships were junior All-American high jumper Inika McPherson, senior shot putter Craig Kent, junior Steven Conrad and sophomore Kyle Mills-Bunje in the heptathlon and junior Kellan Patterson in the 60-meter dash. Kent, Conrad, Mills-Bunje and Patterson also reached new personal bests in those events.

The women's 4x400 relay consisting of Johnson and juniors Kandi Bonty, Mackenzie Pierce and Evelyn Smith provisionally qualified for the indoor national championships with a time of 3:39.73.

In yesterday's action, senior Thomas Mack once again broke the school indoor record in the 60-meter hurdles with a provisionally qualifying time of 7.89. The record he previously set was 7.94. Another indoor record set was in the men's 5000 meters. Freshman Kari Karlsson posted an Icelandic national and school indoor-record-setting time of 14:08.58 to provisionally qualify for the indoor national championships.

In the women's pole vault, freshman Allison Stokke set both the school indoor and freshman records with her mark of 13-1.00 (3.99m). Fellow teammate, junior Katie Morgan set the same mark, as both pole vaulter provisionally qualified for the indoor championships. Stokke and Morgan tied for third in the competition.

The men's distance medley relay, consisting of senior Andres Perezchica, juniors Mark Matusak and Jake Hanson and Coe, provisionally qualified with time of 9:38.39. The relay placed fourth in the race.

Cal returns to Seattle next Saturday for the Last Chance Meet at the Dempsey Indoor Track Facility.

California Results
Women's Pentathlon
4. Tifani Grimes 3,672, 9. Dantia Hudson 3,118

Women's Weight Throw
8. Daisy Van Ravenswaay 15.02m (49-3.50)

Women's Long Jump
3. Artensia Young 5.61m (18-5.00), 9. Tracey Stewart 5.75m (18-10.50)

Women's Pole Vault
3. Allison Stokke 3.99mP (13-1.00), 3. Katie Morgan 3.99mP (13-1.00), 11.Cyrena Giordano 3.84m (12-7.25), 11. Veronica Stimson 3.84m (12-7.25)

Women's High Jump
3. Inika McPherson 1.78mP (5-10.00), 10. Kristen Meister 1.63m (5-4.25)

Women's Triple Jump
4. Tracey Stewart, 12.25m (40-2.25), 3. Mercedes Marchbanks 11.88m (38-11.75), 7. Lollie Onipede 11.01m (36-1.50)

Women's Shot Put
5. Daisy Van Ravenswaay 13.51m (44-4.00)

Women's 60-Meter Hurdles (prelims)
Kimyon Broom 8.62Q

Women's 60-Meter Hurdles (finals)
Kimyon Broom 8.56

Women's 60-Meter Dash (prelims)
Cherrelle Garrett 7.55Q, Kayla Dixon 7.92

Women's 60-Meter Dash (finals)
1. Cherrelle Garrett 7.40P

Women's 200 Meters
Cherrelle Garrett 24.43, Hayley Huxtable 25.52, Kayla Dixon 25.28, Kandi Bonty 24.70

Women's 400 Meters
Mackenzie Pierce, 55.61, Evelyn Smith 56.83, Natalya Beneby 57.22, Hayley Huxtable 57.62

Women's 800 Meters
1. Alysia Johnson 2:03.39 (MPSF/Indoor School Record), Pippa MacDonald 2:18.44, Francesca Weems 2:21.27

Women's 3000 Meters
14. Alison Greggor 9:48.20, 18. Gabriela Rios-Sotelo 9:53.71, 21. Rowena Tam 10:02.56

Women's Distance Medley Relay
4. California 11:43.30

Women's 4x400 Relay
2. California (Bonty, Pierce, Smith, Johnson) 3:39.73P

Men's Heptathlon
2. Steven Conrad 5,314P, 3. Kyle Mills-Bunje 5,160

Men's Weight Throw
5. Miles Palacios 16.13m (52-11.00)

Men's 60-Meter Hurdles (prelims)
Thomas Mack 7.89PQ, Jordan Paul 8.28Q

Men's 60-Meter Hurdles (finals)
Thomas Mack 8.08

Men's 60 Meters (prelims)
Kellan Patterson 6.88Q, Nick Porter 6.91Q

Men's 60 Meters (finals)
Kellan Patterson 6.84

Men's 4x400 Meter Relay
2. California (Kennedy, Perezchica, Hanson, Gadayan) 3:15.01

Men's 400 Meters
Jake Hanson, 48.01, 3. Tojsh Kennedy 49.22

Men's 800 Meters
Andres Perezchica 1:51.85, Francis Gadayan 1:52.70, Nick Palladino 1:54.05

Men's Mile
3. Eric Lee 4:08.14, 4. Mark Matusak 4:08.17, 13. David Torrence 4:16.63

Men's 3000 Meters
1. Michael Coe 7:59.75P, 2. Yosef Ghebray 8:02.68P

Men's 5000 Meters
3. Kari Karlsson 14:08.58P, 17. Chris Chavez 14:42.09

Men's High Jump
1. Ed Wright 2.21mP (7-3.00)

Men's Triple Jump
2. Christian Green 14.48m (47-6.25)

Men's Shot Put
7. Craig Kent 17.78mP (58-4.00), 2. Martin Maric 16.08m (52-9.25), 6. Patrick Kowalsky 15.11m (49-7.00), 9. Miles Palacios 14.20m (46-7.25)

Men's Pole Vault
5. Donny Appanaitis 5.04m (16-6.50), 12. Grigore Key 4.89m (16-00.50), 12. Ryan Shuler 4.89m (16-00.50)

Men's Long Jump
6. Kyle Mills-Bunje 6.90m (22-07.75), 10. Christian Green 6.27m (20-07.00)

Men's 200 Meters
1. Kellan Patterson 22.15, 2. Nick Porter 22.20

Men's Distance Medley Relay
4. California 9:38.39P

Women - Team Standings - 17 Events Scored

1) Arizona State 154.50 2) Stanford 141 3) Oregon 72 4) California 69 5) Washington 60.50 6) Arizona 57.50 7) Washington St. 49 8) Cal St. Northridge 38 9) UCLA 12.50 10) Long Beach St. 6

Men - Team Standings - 16 Events Scored

1) Oregon 85 2) California 81 3) Arizona State 77 4) Stanford 73 5) Arizona 58 5) Washington St. 58 7) Washington 57 8) UCLA 53.50 9) Cal St. Northridge 49 10) Long Beach St. 28.50

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