Cal Opens Indoor Season at New Mexico Meet

Jan. 20, 2009

Cherry & Silver Invitational Schedule | 2009 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Altitude Adjustments | 2009 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Qualifying Standards

This Week
The California Golden Bears open the track and field season on Saturday, Jan. 24, in New Mexico's inaugural Cherry & Silver Invitational indoor meet at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque. Each of the competing teams except for New Mexico State, whose women are entered, will bring men's and women's teams to the Lobos' meet: Cal, Adams State (Division II), Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, New Mexico, Northern Arizona and Stanford.

The Bears' sprinters, jumpers, hurdlers and throwers will use the opening indoor meet to 'break the ice,' Cal head coach Tony Sandoval said. 'There's a group of people who are really excited to compete, and we want to see where we're at.'

Sandoval has a roster brimming with talent, including Bears who earned top accolades in 2008: NCAA pole-vault champion Katie Morgan, Pac-10 and MPSF high-jump champion Ed Wright, whose indoor season will close out his Cal career, Pac-10 100-meter hurdles champion Kimyon Broom and Croatian Olympian Martin Maric, who competed in Beijing last summer.

Also, Brook Turner, who redshirted the 2008 season, is back for her final season. The return of Turner, a specialist in the 200- and 400-meters and in the 400-meter hurdles, will boost Cal's 4x400-meter relay. She ran on the relay that set Cal's third-fastest overall time of 3:16.10 in the 4x400 with an 18th-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

2008 Cal Indoors in Review
Ed Wright and former Cal star Alysia Johnson posted top-10 finishes to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships last season. Johnson was third in a time of 2:05.47 in the 800-meter run, while Wright finished seventh in the high jump with a mark of 7-0.25 (2.14 meters).

In the MPSF Championships at Washington's Dempsey Indoor Facility, the Cal men finished second and the Bears women fourth. Cal won four conference titles, with Johnson leading the way by winning the 800 with an MPSF- and Cal indoor-record time of 2:03.39. Her time was also an automatic NCAA qualifying time. Wright claimed the high jump in 7-3 (2.21 meters), then-freshman Cherrelle Garrett won the 60-meter dash (7.40, indoor provisional qualifying time) and then-sophomore Michael Coe won the 3,000 meters (7:59.75, then lifetime-best).

Cherry & Silver Invitational
The meet is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. PT/9 a.m. MT with the women's long jump and women's shot put and then end with the women's 4x400-meter relay, which is tentatively slated to start at 2:50 PT/3:50 p.m. MT. Click on the link above to access the meet schedule.

The Lobos will post a meet entry list to golobos.com as soon as it is finalized. RecordTiming.com will provide live results of the meet. Complete final results will be posted on golobos.com immediately following the meet and later on CalBears.com.

The Albuquerque Convention Center sits at an elevation of 4,958 feet, so altitude adjustments will apply for NCAA qualifying times in the 60-meter run, 60-meter hurdles, 800-meter run, mile and 3,000-meter run.

Next Week
Cal competes at the UW Invitational to be held at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on Jan. 30-31 in Seattle.

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