Johnson Captures 800-Meter NCAA West Regional Title

May 31, 2008

NORTHRIDGE - California added nine more qualifiers for the NCAA Championships at the NCAA West Regional today at the Matador Track Complex at Cal State Northridge. This weekend, the Golden Bears earned a total of 13 qualifiers for the national championships. The Cal men finished in sixth with 50 points, while the Cal women also came in sixth with 44.50 points.

Highlighting Cal's performances today were senior Alysia Johnson and junior Martin Maric. Johnson won her second-straight NCAA West Regional title in the 800 with a meet-record time of 2:00.77. The former record time was 2:02.12 set by Johnson a year ago. Maric took top honors in the discus with a mark of 196-00 (59.75m). Johnson and Maric each earned 10 points for Cal with their performances.

Freshman Cherrelle Garrett moved on to the NCAA Championships in the 100 meters. Garrett took second overall with a time of 11.45. She logged a new PR in that event in the preliminary race yesterday with a time of 11.41.

In the women's triple jump, senior Cassandra Strickland qualified for the NCAA Championships when she recorded a season-best mark of 42-5.50 (12.94m), taking fifth overall.

The women's 4x400-meter relay consisting of freshman Hayley Huxtable and juniors Francesca Weems, Evelyn Smith and Kandi Bonty advanced to the national championships with a fifth-place finish and a time of 3:38.09, which ranks eighth in school history. Smith also qualified in the 400-meter hurdles. She clocked a time of 59.30 and came in fourth.

The men had a few other athletes advance to the NCAA Championships besides Maric. In the 1500, senior David Torrence and junior Mark Matusak each turned in top-3 performances. Torrence took second with a season-best time of 3:42.25, while Matusak finished right behind his teammate in third at 3:43.37.

In the 400-meter hurdles, junior Jake Hanson qualified for the national meet when he recorded a time of 51.06, taking fourth overall.

The Bears who qualified today will join senior Ed Wright (high jump), sophomore Ryan Young (javelin) and junior Katie Morgan (pole vault), who qualified yesterday, in the NCAA Championships. Maric also qualified in the javelin yesterday.

Cal has next week off as it prepares for the NCAA Championships June 11-14 in Des Moines, Iowa.

California Results
Women's Triple Jump

5. Cassandra Strickland 42-5.50 (12.94m), 9. Artensia Young 40-8.75 (12.41m), 12. Tracey Stewart 39-9.25 (12.12m), 18. Mercedes Marchbanks 39-1.75 (11.93m)

Women's High Jump
6. Kristen Meister 5-9.25 (1.76m)

Women's 4x100-Meter Relay
7. Kimyon Broom, Kristin Holmes, Kayla Dixon, Cherrelle Garrett 45.94

Women's 100 Meters (Finals)
2. Cherrelle Garrett 11.45

Women's 200 Meters (Finals)
8. Cherrelle Garrett 24.51

Women's 800 Meters (Finals)
1. Alysia Johnson 2:00.77

Women's 400-Meter Hurdles (Finals)
4. Evelyn Smith 59.30

Women's 3000-Meter Steeplechase
29. Rowena Tam 11:01.92

Women's 4x400-Meter Relay
5. Hayley Huxtable, Francesca Weems, Evelyn Smith, Kandi Bonty 3:38.09

Men's Pole Vault
7. Donny Appanaitis 17-1.00 (5.21m), 11. Ryan Shuler 16-7.25 (5.06m)

Men's Discus
1. Martin Maric 196-00 (59.75m), 20. Craig Kent 166-04 (50.70m)

Men's 4x100-Meter Relay (Finals)
Kellan Patterson, Michael Bradley, Nick Porter, Thomas Mack DQ

Men's 1500 Meters (Finals)
2. David Torrence 3:42.25, 3. Mark Matusak 3:43.37

Men's 110-Meter Hurdles (Finals)
6. Thomas Mack 13.87

Men's 400-Meter Hurdles (Finals)
4. Jake Hanson 51.06

Men's 3000-Meter Steeplechase
21. Matthew Miller 9:08.99

California Results From Friday
Women's Pole Vault

2. Katie Morgan 13-11.75 (4.26m), 14. Allison Stokke 12-6.00 (3.81m), 20. Theresa Raub 12-6.00 (3.81m)

Women's 100-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
18. Kimyon Broom 1:10.15

Women's 100 Meters (Prelims)
1. Cherrelle Garrett 11.41Q

Women's 200 Meters (Prelims)
4. Cherrelle Garrett 23.91Q

Women's 800 Meters (Prelims)
3. Alysia Johnson 2:07.85Q, Mackenzie Pierce DNF

Women's 400-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
3. Evelyn Smith 59.50Q

Men's Javelin
2. Ryan Young 229-09 (70.03m), 5. Martin Maric 220-03 (67.14)

Men's High Jump
4. Ed Wright 6-11 (2.11m)

Men's Shot Put
15. Craig Kent 56-4.00 (17.17m)

Men's 4x100-Meter Relay (Prelims)
6. Kellan Patterson, Michael Bradley, Nick Porter, Thomas Mack 40.51Q

Men's 1500 Meters (Prelims)
4. David Torrence 3:47.13Q, 6. Mark Matusak 3:47.25Q

Men's 110-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
4. Thomas Mack 13.77Q, 11. Jordan Paul 14.20

Men's 800 Meters (Prelims)
10. Sean Carey 1:50.69, 13. Andres Perezchica 1:51.41

Men's 400-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
7. Jake Hanson 51.40Q

Men's 5000 Meters
9. Yosef Ghebray 14:23.45, 14. Kari Karlsson 14:48.65

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