Cal Returns To Tempe for Pac-10 Outdoor Championships

May 13, 2008

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This Week
The California track and field team competes in the Pac-10 Outdoor Championships from Friday, May 16, to Saturday, May 17, in Tempe, Ariz. The conference championships kick off both days at 10:30 a.m. with the women's hammer on Friday and men's hammer on Saturday. First-day action concludes with the men's 10,000 meters scheduled for a 10:10 p.m. start. The final event of the conference meet is the men's 4x400-meter relay at 9:35 p.m. on Saturday.
The tentative meet schedule can be found here.

Morgan Breaks School Record at California Relays
Junior Katie Morgan once again set the school record in the women's pole vault last Saturday at the 67th Coca-Cola California Relays in Modesto, Calif. Morgan recorded a mark of 13-9.25 (4.20m) to take top honors in the event. She surpassed her old mark of 13-6.25 that she set the previous weekend at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Qualifier.
Sophomore Kimyon Broom also turned in an excellent performance at the California Relays. Broom clocked a personal-best, NCAA regional-qualifying time of 13.46 in the 100-meter hurdles. Broom's time is the second best in school history.
Senior Donny Appanaitis set a new season-best mark in the men's pole vault. Appanaitis posted a 16-8.75 (5.10m), improving on his previous season-best mark of 16-7.50 (5.07m). The mark is also a regional qualifier.

Cal's Lineup
Interim director of track and field Tony Sandoval sends his top athletes to the Pac-10 Championships. Senior All-Americans Alysia Johnson and Ed Wright look to defend their respective 2007 Pac-10 titles. Johnson was the winner in the 800 meters last year, and Wright took top honors in the high jump. Johnson will also be participating in the women's 4x400-meter relay.
Joining Johnson and Wright in Tempe will be Katie Morgan, who is originally from Tempe, as she looks to continue her incredible season with another solid pole vault performance. Croatian Olympic hopeful Martin Maric will compete in the discus. David Torrence, another one of Cal's 2007 All-Americans, will be competing in the 1500 and the 800. The senior school-record holder in the mile notched another sub-four-minute effort in that event earlier this season.
Freshman Cherrelle Garrett will be busy this weekend as she will be competing in the women's 100 and 200 meters, as well as running a leg in the 4x100. Garrett is an NCAA regional qualifier in both the 100 and the 200, and she currently holds the freshman record in the 100 (11.51), which is also second best in school history.

Mills-Bunje Takes Seventh at Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships
Redshirt freshman Kyle Mills-Bunje came in seventh in the decathlon with 6,673 points in the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships last weekend in Tempe, Ariz. Junior Tifani Grimes took ninth in the heptathlon with 4,863 points.
Mills-Bunje recorded a new personal best in the 1500 meters and in the javelin. He notched a mark of 166-00 (50.60m) in the javelin and crossed the finish line at 4:59.89 in the 1500. His mark in the javelin was the third best among all competitors. During the first day, Mills-Bunje recorded a new personal best in the 100 meters, clocking an 11.39. In the long jump, he posted a mark of 22-11.25 (6.99m), the third best among all competitors. Mills-Bunje also notched the third-best mark of the day in the shot put with a 39-05 (12.01m).
Grimes recorded a mark of 112-09 (34.37m) in the javelin. She also clocked a time of 2:30.58 in the 800 meters and notched a 17-7 (5.36m) in the long jump. In first-day action, Grimes tallied her season-best mark in the high jump of 5-5.25 (1.66m).

Bears Compete at Aggie Twilight Meet
Cal also competed at the UC Davis Aggie Twilight meet last weekend. The Bears won two events as freshman Hayley Huxtable won the 200 meters with a time of 25.24 and freshman Natalya Beneby took first in the 400-meter hurdles, clocking a 1:01.35. Sophomore Rebecca Palm earned a PR in the 5000 at 17:46.90. Freshman Chelsea Reilly clocked a personal best in the 800 at 2:18.49. Senior Jonathan Suddaby recorded a season-best time in the 400 at 50.97.

Last Year's Pac-10 Outdoor Championships
Alysia Johnson won the women's 800-meter run and teammate Ed Wright won the men's high jump at last year's Pac-10 Championships held at Stanford. The Cal women finished in eighth place with 54.33 points, while the Cal men took ninth with 56 points.
Johnson's winning 800 time of 2:01.74 was the second fastest of her career at that time before her remarkable performances at the 2007 NCAA Championships and the 2007 USA Championships. Wright, meanwhile, tied his then-lifetime-best jump of 7-3 (2.21 meters). His current personal best is 7-3.25.
In all, Cal collected 14 regional qualifiers, including David Torrence's 3:47.05 he ran to take second place in the men's 1500-meter final, Cassandra Strickland's 42-8 (13.0 meters) to take second in the women's triple jump final, Artensia Young's 40-6.75 (12.36) to take ninth in the women's triple jump and Francis Gadayan's regional-qualifying 1:50.10 to take third in the men's 800 final.
Other top performances for the Bears included Thomas Mack's regional-qualifying 13.94 to take fourth place in the 110-meter hurdles and Evelyn Smith's regional-qualifying time of 1:00.56 to take eighth in the women's 400-meter hurdles final.

Regional Qualifiers
Cal currently has 40 NCAA regional qualifiers. Some of the regional qualifiers include 2007 NCAA outdoor and indoor national champion Alysia Johnson in the 800, 2007 All-American Ed Wright (high jump), senior Craig Kent who has qualified in both the shot put and the discus, 2007 All-American Cassandra Strickland in the triple jump, 2007 All-American David Torrence in the mile and the 1500, freshman pole vaulter Allison Stokke, who is the current school freshman record holder in the pole vault at 13-3.50 (4.05m), junior Jake Hanson who has clocked a 400-meter-hurdle time in under 51.00 (50.77), junior Kandi Bonty in the 400 meters and three of the women's relays (two 4x100, one 4x400) have also regionally qualified.

Morgan Vaulting To New Heights
Katie Morgan has been having an excellent season for Cal thus far. The Tempe, Ariz., native has made setting the school record in the pole vault seem like a standard procedure in 2008. Last weekend at the California Relays, Morgan once again set the school mark, recording a 13-9.25 (4.20m) to take top honors in the event. She surpassed her old mark of 13-6.25 that she set the previous weekend at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Qualifier. Morgan has now taken top honors in her last five competitions and has set the school record three times.
At the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, she took first in the pole vault, earning a mark of 13-1.75 (4.01m) to claim top honors. Morgan also took the top spot at the Big Meet when she set the new school record that had previously been set earlier this year by teammate Allison Stokke. Morgan surpassed Stokke's mark of 13-3.50 with her score of 13-5.75. Morgan's score was also a Big Meet record.
During the indoor season, Morgan provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the pole vault, as she set a then-PR of 13-1.00 (3.99m) at the MPSF Indoor Championships and that mark also set the school indoor record. She achieved the same mark again later during the indoor season at the Washginton Last Chance Meet.

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 on April 20 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.

Garrett Named Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Cherrelle Garrett was named the Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week on April 14. Garrett earned the honor after her performances 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. 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.

Up Next
Following this week's action, Cal has next week off as it prepares for the NCAA West Regional from May 30-31 on the campus of Cal State Northridge.

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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