Cal Competes in Pac-10 Multis This Week
May 6, 2009
California heads to Eugene, Ore., this weekend for the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships from May 9-10. The competition begins at noon each day. The Golden Bears will also be competing in the Sacramento State Open on Saturday, May 9, with running events beginning at 11:30 a.m. with the women's 5000. The Cal men are currently ranked No. 16 in this week's USTFCCCA rankings and the Cal women are just outside of the Top 25 at No. 28.
Last Time Out: Payton Jordan Invitational
At last weekend's Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford, Cal gained two more regional qualifiers and won four events. Sophomore Kari Karlsson and junior Tracey Stewart were the regional qualifiers, in the 5000 and the triple jump, respectively. Karlsson's time of 14:06.61 was also a personal best, while Stewart's mark of 40-6.25 (12.35m) was a season best. Stewart finished in third and Karlsson in 10th. Karlsson wasn't the only Bear to PR on Saturday, as senior Kandi Bonty clocked a personal-best time of 24.23 in the 200.
In the women's pole vault, Cal placed first to third with senior Katie Morgan taking top honors with a mark of 13-3.50 (4.05m). Sophomore Allison Stokke came in second (12-11.50, 3.95m) and sophomore Cyrena Giordano took third (12-7.50, 3.85m).
Last Year's Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships
Kyle Mills-Bunje came in seventh in the decathlon with 6,673 points in last year's Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships in Tempe, Ariz., while Tifani Grimes took ninth in the heptathlon with 4,863 points. Mills-Bunje recorded a new personal best in the 1500 meters (4:59.89) and in the javelin (166-00, 50.60m). Grimes recorded a mark of 112-09 (34.37m) in the javelin. She also clocked a time of 2:30.58 in the 800 meters and notched a 17-7 (5.36m) in the long jump.
In the NCAA rankings
The Bears in the Top 10 of the NCAA rankings are Michael Coe, who is ranked No. 6 in the 1500 based on his mile time (3:56.18), while junior Ryan Young is fourth in the javelin (250-10, 76.45m) and senior Martin Maric is No. 4 in the discus 198-6 (60.52m). On the women's side, senior Inika McPherson is No. 5 in the high jump (6-0, 1.83m) and Kimyon Broom is No. 7 in the 100-meter hurdles (13.08).
NCAA Regional Qualifiers
Cal currently boasts 32 NCAA regional qualifiers, 15 on the women's team and 17 on the men's team. The regional qualifiers are - Brook Turner (400), Cherrelle Garret (100, 200), Debra Maier (5000), the women's 4x100 and 4x400, Allison Stokke (Pole Vault), Inika McPherson (High Jump), Kristen Meister (High Jump), Artensia Young (Triple Jump), Tracey Stewart (triple jump), Katie Morgan (Pole Vault), Evelyn Smith (400-H), Cyrena Giordano (Pole Vault), Kimyon Broom (100-meter hurdles), Kellan Patterson (100), Michael Coe (mile), the men's 4x100, Jordan Paul (110-H), Jake Hanson (400-H), Francis Gadayan (800), Yosef Ghebray (1500, 5000, 10,000), Eric Lee (1500), Kari Karlsson (5000), Martin Maric (Discus, Javelin), Patrick Kowalsky (Shot Put), Ryan Shuler (Pole Vault), Sebastian Sam (800) and Ryan Young (Javelin).
Cal will compete in the Pac-10 Outdoor Championships from May 16-17 in Eugene, Ore.