Cal Continues Indoor Season at UW Invitational

Jan. 27, 2009

This Week
After opening the indoor track and field season with a strong effort in the Cherry and Silver Invitational, the California Golden Bears head to the Pacific Northwest for Washington's UW Invitational to be held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31, at the Dempsey Indoor Facility in Seattle.

Cal collected one automatic NCAA qualifying mark and six provisional NCAA marks or times in its Jan. 24 season-opening meet in Albuquerque.

UW Invitational
Washington will host the Jan. 30-31 UW Invitational with a field that includes Cal, Arkansas, BYU, Cal St. Northridge, Colorado, Hawai'i, Long Beach State, New Mexico State, Oral Roberts, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, San Francisco, SMU, Stanford, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, USC and the Huskies.

The UW Invitational schedule is available at this URL:

Cherry & Silver Invitational
Cal senior Katie Morgan won the women's pole vault invitational with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark and sophomore teammate Cherrelle Garrett won the 60- and 200-meter dashes in provisional qualifying times to highlight the Bears' performances in New Mexico's Cherry and Silver Invitational on Jan. 24 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Cal also collected provisional qualifying marks in both high jumps, with senior Ed Wright winning the men's event with a mark of 2.19 meters (7-02.25), senior Inika McPherson winning the women's high jump (1.81 meters, 5-11.25) and junior Kristen Meister posting a high-jump qualifier of 1.78 meters (5-10.00) with her third-place finish, and in the women's 60-meter hurdles, with junior Kimyon Broom running a 8.38 in the preliminary race.

Morgan, the 2008 NCAA outdoor champion in the pole vault, posted a vault of 4.20 meters (13-09.25) to claim the win in the elite pole vault event in Albuquerque.

Garrett, who anchored Cal's eighth-place 4x100-meter relay and competed in the 100-meter dash in last year's NCAA Championships, also ran personal-best times in the 60 (7.39) and the 200 (23.83) in the Lobos' meet.

Cal head coach Tony Sandoval was also impressed with freshman Sebastian Sam, who placed third in the men's 800-meter run with a personal-best time of 1:51.74 (.63 seconds off the provisional qualifier) and who anchored Cal's sixth-place 4x400-meter relay (3:18.08).

Next Week
Cal takes a week off before returning to Seattle for the Husky Indoor Classic on Feb. 14 at the Dempsey Indoor Facility.

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