Bears Make USTFCCCA All-West Region Team

June 2, 2008

BERKELEY - Fifteen California student-athletes and three relays earned spots on the 2008 USTFCCCA Division I Outdoor Track and Field All-West Region team announced by the organization on Monday. The team was comprised based on the results at last weekend's NCAA West Regional.

Highlighting Cal's top performers to make the all-region team are senior Alysia Johnson, junior Martin Maric and freshman Cherrelle Garrett. Johnson captured her second straight 800-meter west regional title in a record time of 2:00.77, breaking the previous record that she set last year. Maric made the all-region squad in both the discus and the javelin, after claiming first place in the discus at the West Regional. Maric will compete in both events at next week's NCAA Championships. Garrett earned three separate spots on the team (100 meters, 200 meters, 4x100-meter relay), and will participate in the 100 at the national championships.

Another Cal star to make the all-region team is senior All-American high jumper Ed Wright. An Olympic hopeful, Wright looks for continued success at the NCAA Championships next week. He took fourth place at the West Regional.

Junior Katie Morgan, who broke her previous school record at the West Regional with a mark of 13-11.75 (4.26m), also earned regional honors. She is joined by fellow pole vaulter senior Donny Appanaitis from the men's team.

Other Bears who made the all-region team and will be competing at the national championships are senior David Torrence and junior Mark Matusak in the 1500, 400-meter hurdlers junior Jake Hanson and junior Evelyn Smith, senior Cassandra Strickland in the triple jump and sophomore Ryan Young in the javelin.

In addition to three relays making the all-region team, senior Thomas Mack and sophomore Kristen Meister also made the squad in the 110-meter hurdles and the high jump, respectively.

Next week, Cal travels to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships from June 11-14. The Bears earned 12 automatic qualifiers at last weekend's NCAA West Regional.

2008 Track and Field All-West-Region California AthletesThomas Mack	110-Meter HurdlesDavid Torrence	1500Mark Matusak	1500Jake Hanson	400-Meter HurdlesMen's 4x100 Relay (Kellan Patterson, Michael Bradley, Nick Porter, Thomas Mack)Martin Maric	Discus / JavelinEd Wright	High JumpRyan Young	JavelinDonny Appanaitis	Pole VaultKatie Morgan	Pole VaultKristen Meister	High JumpCassandra Strickland	Triple JumpWomen's 4x100 Relay (Kimyon Broom, Kristin Holmes, Kayla Dixon, Cherrelle Garrett)Cherrelle Garrett	100Alysia Johnson	800Evelyn Smith	400-Meter HurdlesCherrelle Garrett	200Women's 4x400 Relay (Hayley Huxtable, Francesca Weems, Evelyn Smith, Kandi Bonty)
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