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.
Women's High Jump
6. Kristen Meister 5-9.25 (1.76m)
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
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
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 400-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
3. Evelyn Smith 59.50Q
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 400-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
7. Jake Hanson 51.40Q