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.
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)