Cal Hosts Brutus Hamilton Invitational This Week

April 21, 2008

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This Week
The California track and field team will host the Brutus Hamilton Invitational from April 25-26 at Edwards Stadium. The Brutus Hamilton Invitational is the final home meet for the Golden Bears during the 2008 campaign. The action begins on Friday with the women's hammer at 10 a.m. and finishes with the men's 5000 meters, scheduled for a 7 p.m. start. On Saturday, the men's shot put kicks off the day at 11 a.m. and the final event of the competition will be the men's 4x400 relay, scheduled to start at 4:50 p.m.
Live stats for the day's coverage can be found here.

Garrett Named Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Freshman Cherrelle Garrett was named the Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week, as announced by the conference last week. Garrett earned the honor after her performances last weekend at the Big Meet. This was the first Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Week award for Cal in 2008.
Garrett was a three-time winner against Stanford on April 12. She was victorious in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and ran the final leg of the first-place 4x100-meter relay. Garrett's time in the 100 meters was a regional-qualifying time of 11.51, was a freshman record and ranks her second all-time at Cal in that event. She also set a new PR in the 200 at 24.01. The 4x100 relay clocked a season-best, regional-qualifying time of 45.03.

Cal Falls To Stanford In Big Meet
In the 114th Big Meet on April 12, the Stanford men defeated the Cal men, 96-67, while the Stanford women were victorious by the score of 87-76. However, the Bears won 17 events, set two Big Meet records and a school record.
Senior Thomas Mack secured a Big Meet record in the 110-meter hurdles. He tied his personal best in the event when he clocked a 13.74. Mack was also part of the 4x100-meter relay that was victorious with a time of 41.37.
Senior Ed Wright won the high jump, for the third consecutive year, with a mark of 7-.50 (2.15m). Junior Martin Maric took first in the discus with his mark of 192-00 (58.52m). Senior Craig Kent won shot put, recording a score of 56-4.50 (17.18m). Finally in the javelin, sophomore Ryan Young won the event with a mark of 217-08 (66.35m).
2007 All-American Inika McPherson set a regional-qualifying mark in the high jump, as she claimed top honors with her score of 5-10.00 (1.78m).
Junior Kandi Bonty took first in the 400 meters, surpassing her old PR in the event by over a second. She won with a time of 54.44. Bonty also gave the Bears the lead in the 4x400 relay, a lead that Cal never gave up as it won the final women's event of the competition.

In The National Rankings
In the current USTFCCCA rankings, the Cal men are 27th and the Cal women are 29th. In the individual national rankings, junior Mackenzie Pierce is No. 1 in the 800 meters, Ed Wright is No. 4 in the high jump, Martin Maric is No. 4 in the discus, junior Katie Morgan is No. 7 in the pole vault, Thomas Mack is No. 12 in the 110-meter hurdles, junior Jake Hanson is No. 12 in the 400-meter hurdles, freshman Allison Stokke is No. 13 in the pole vault, Ryan Young is No. 14 in the javelin, senior David Torrence is No. 17 in the 1500 meters, Cherrelle Garrett is No. 21 in the 100 meters, the women's 4x100-meter relay is No. 22 and sophomore Kimyon Broom is No. 25 in the 110-meter hurdles.

Women's Pole Vaulters Making Great Leaps
One of the most successful groups this season for Cal has been the women's pole vaulters. Led by Katie Morgan and Allison Stokke, three of the five Bear pole vaulters have posted marks in the top five all-time in school history. Last weekend at the Big Meet, Morgan recorded the school record of 13-5.75, which was also a Big Meet record and the seventh-best mark in the country. Prior to Morgan's effort, Stokke had set the new school record at the Sacramento State Nike Elite meet with her score of 13-3.5.
Two other Cal women's pole vaulters who have posted strong scores are sophomore Theresa Raub and freshman Cyrena Giordano. Giordano recorded a mark of 12-11.75 in the pole vault to provisionally qualify for the indoor national championships at the United Heritage Invitational. Her mark was also a school-indoor record, before both Morgan and Stokke surpassed it. Raub posted a regional-qualifying mark of 3.85m (12-7.50) to take third overall at the Hornet Invitational. Raub's mark was also a personal best.

Regional Qualifiers
Cal currently has 28 NCAA regional qualifers, with 13 of them coming at the Sacramento State Nike Elite meet back on March 29. Some of the regional qualifiers include, 2007 All-American Ed Wright (high jump), Craig Kent who has qualified in both the shot put and the discus, freshman pole vaulter Allison Stokke who set the all-time school record in the event at 13-3.50 (4.05m) before teammate Katie Morgan surpassed her teammate with a mark of 13-5.75 (4.11m), and the Cal women's 4x100-meter relay consisting of Kimyon Broom, junior Kandi Bonty, freshman Kayla Dixon and freshman Cherrelle Garrett. Garrett is also a regional qualifier in the 100-meter dash, while Bonty is also a qualifier in the 400 meters.

Lewy Headed To Beijing
Cal track and field assistant coach Magdalena Lewy placed second in the women's marathon in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials yesterday in Boston, Mass. With the second-place finish, Lewy will be headed to Beijing, China, for the Olympics later this summer, as the top three runners qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team. Lewy, who is in her seventh season coaching at Cal, clocked a lifetime-best 2:30:19 to take second overall. Lewy led for most of the race before she was passed by eventual-winner Deena Kastor at the 2:15 mark. She was in first from the start until the 24th mile of the 26-mile-plus race. Despite losing the top spot, Lewy still held a strong lead over the competitors in third and fourth place, ensuring her spot on the Olympic team.

Bears Compete at Woody Wilson Open
Cal earned four NCAA regional-qualifying scores and won five events at the Woody Wilson Open Saturday on the campus of UC Davis. The Bears took top honors in men's and women's pole vault, women's triple jump, men's shot put and women's high jump.
Sophomore Kristen Meister won high jump with a regional-qualifying mark of 5-8.75 (1.75m). The mark ties her for ninth in the event all-time in school history. Cal took the top three spots in the women's pole vault. Katie Morgan claimed first with her mark of 13-1.50 (4.00m). Following Morgan were Allison Stokke and freshman Veronica Stimson at 11-11.75 (3.65m). Junior Artensia Young won triple jump with a regional-qualifying mark of 40-5.00 (12.32m).
Senior Donny Appanaitis recorded a regional-qualifying and personal-best mark of 16-6.75 (5.05m) to take first in the pole vault. Redshirt freshman Patrick Kowalsky won shot put with a 53-11.25 (16.44m).

Twelve Bears Garner Academic All-MPSF Honors
Twelve members of the California track and field team earned spots on the Academic All-MPSF team, the conference office announced today. The MPSF awarded six Cal men and six Cal women academic honors. The honorees on the list are Kandi Bonty, Tifani Grimes, Pippa MacDonald, Katie Morgan, Mackenzie Pierce, Daisy Van Ravenswaay, Donny Appanaitis, Sean Carey, Jake Hanson, Patrick Kowalsky, Martin Maric and Mark Matusak.

Last Year's Brutus Hamilton Invitational
Cal posted six NCAA regional-qualifying scores at last year's Brutus Hamilton Invitational. Among performances from Bears on the 2008 squad, Alysia Johnson ran a regional-qualifying and season-best 54.43 to win the women's 400-meter dash. Evelyn Smith was second at 56.74 in the 400.
Thomas Mack had the best collegiate time in the men's 110-meter hurdles, with a regional-qualifying 14.10 to take second overall. Jordan Paul was third in 14.33. Former Cal star and current volunteer assistant coach Travis Nutter won the men's hammer with a throw of 237-2 (72.30).

Up Next
Following the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, Cal returns to Stanford for the Payton Jordan Cardinal Qualifier on Sunday, May 4.

Did You Know
Freshman Chelsea Reilly's mother may have had an influence in her decision to come to Cal. Her mother, Marcia Snodgrass, is a former Cal gymnast.

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.

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