Bears Advance in Day One of NCAA Championships
June 11, 2008
DES MOINES, Iowa -
California started the 2008 NCAA Championships today in Des Moines, Iowa, with numerous Bears advancing in their events. Among the Golden Bears moving on are senior All-Americans Alysia Johnson and Ed Wright, and juniors Martin Maric and Katie Morgan.
'We had some good performances and some unfortunate ones,' director of track and field Tony Sandoval said. 'Getting the 4x100 in the final is great. It was a pretty good first day, not perfect, but good. The quality of athletes competing here is unbelievable.'
Johnson won her heat and placed third overall in the prelims of the 800 meters, clocking a time of 2:06.71. Wright and Morgan each tied for first with many other athletes in their respective events. Wright posted a mark of 7-0.25 (2.14m) in the high jump, while Morgan earned a mark of 13-5.25 (4.10m) in the pole vault. Maric took third in the discus with a mark of 189-07 (57.80m).
Also advancing was the women's 4x100-meter relay consisting of sophomore Kimyon Broom, juniors Kandi Bonty and Kristin Holmes, and freshman Cherrelle Garrett. The relay clocked a season-best time of 44.56 to qualify for the final.
Junior Jake Hanson advanced in the men's 400-meter hurdles with his time of 51.09, placing 16th overall.
The NCAA Championships continue tomorrow through Saturday on the campus of Drake University.
Women's Pole Vault (Prelims)
1. Katie Morgan 13-5.25 (4.10m)Q
Women's 800 Meters (Prelims)
3. Alysia Johnson 2:06.71Q
Women's 100 Meters (Prelims)
23. Cherrelle Garrett 12.08
Women's 400-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
26. Evelyn Smith 1:02.28
Men's Javelin (Prelims)
18. Ryan Young 204-01 (62.20m)
Men's Discus (Prelims)
3. Martin Maric 189-07 (57.80m)Q
Men's High Jump (Prelims)
1. Ed Wright 7-0.25 (2.14m)Q
Men's 400-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
16. Jake Hanson 51.09Q