Cal Hosts Cal Multis, Travels to Texas and Stanford
April 1, 2008
Bears Get Set For a Busy Week
The California track and field team will host its first meet of the season this week at the Cal Multi Event, Wednesday and Thursday at Edwards Stadium. The Cal Multi Event is the first of three home meets for the Bears during the 2008 campaign.
In addition to tomorrow's competition, Cal will also compete in the Texas Relays from April 3-5 and in the Stanford Invitational from April 4-5.
Flotrack.org will provide video coverage of the Stanford Invite, filming all races and interviewing student-athletes.Races will be archived on Flotrack.org by clicking here
Cal Wins Six Events at Sac State Nike Elite Meet
Cal won six events and earned 12 NCAA regional qualifiers at the Sacramento State Nike Elite meet last Saturday at Hornet Stadium. The event winners who regionally qualified were junior Martin Maric (discus), freshman Cherrelle Garrett (100 meters), sophomore Kimyon Broom (100-meter hurdles), junior Jake Hanson (400-meter hurdles), junior Mackenzie Pierce (800 meters) and the women's 4x100-meter relay consisting of Broom, junior Kandi Bonty, freshman Kayla Dixon and Garrett.
Broom, who clocked in at 13.56 in the 100-meter hurdles, moves up to second on Cal's all-time list in that category. Garrett's time of 11.66 in the 100 meters was the third best in Cal history. The women's 4x100 relay turned in Cal's sixth best all-time mark in that category with a time of 45.55.
Cal interim director of track and field Tony Sandoval will bring five athletes to the Cal Multi Event tomorrow. In the decathlon, freshmen Kyle Mills-Bunje and Kevin Kuechler will compete for the Bears, while junior Kristin Holmes and freshmen Dantia Hudson and Sarah Morrison will participate in the heptathlon.
At the Texas Relays, Sandoval will send a number of athletes who have gotten the 2008 outdoor season off to a great start, including Martin Maric, Craig Kent, Cherrelle Garrett, Kimyon Broom and Thomas Mack.
Some of the featured Cal athletes at the Cal Invitational will be senior All-American high jumper Ed Wright and junior Mackenzie Pierce. Both of these individuals have already regionally qualified. Pierce has qualified in both the the 1500 meters and the 800 meters.
Last Year's Cal Multi Event
Steven Conrad reached an NCAA regional provisional-qualifying and lifetime-best score of 7,214 points en route to finishing second in the decathlon.
Stanford's Josh Hustedt won the decathlon with a score of 7,286. Hustedt and third-place finisher Rickey Moody of Washington State (6,926) were also provisional qualifiers.
In the heptathlon, Utah State's Elle Cruikshank, who was second (4,667), and Western Oregon's Jacque Postlewait, who was fourth (4,561), both provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships.
Last Year's Stanford Invitational
California posted 10 NCAA regional-qualifying marks or times at last year's Stanford Invitational, with eight of Cal's throwers producing eight of those marks. Among those throwers was Carrie Johnson's lifetime-best mark 211-5 in the women's hammer throw, which was the second best in school history.
Ed Wright posted a regional qualifier of 7-1 in the high jump. Jordan Paul ran a regional-qualifying and lifetime-best 14.17 in the men's 110-meter hurdles. Sophomore teammate Mark Matusak paced the Bears in the 5,000, running a lifetime-best 14:16.28.
Alysia Johnson Blog
Follow the 2008 track season through the words of Cal's double NCAA champion and five-time All-American Alysia Johnson on www.CalBears.com. Follow Johnson during the campaign as she discusses competing as a defending national champion through each of her competitions during the 2008 season.
Next week, Cal and Stanford renew their rivalry in the 114th Big Meet Saturday, April 12, at Edwards Stadium. The meet is the second of three home meets for the Bears. The meet begins at 9:30 a.m. with the hammer.
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 numerous 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.