Cal Sends 14 Athletes to NCAA Championships
June 4, 2009
California heads to Fayetteville, Ark., for the NCAA Championships, which will take place from Wednesday, June 10, to Saturday, June13. The Cal men are currently ranked No. 15 in the USTFCCCA rankings and the Cal women are just outside of the top 25 at No. 27. The Golden Bears will have a total of 14 athletes and one relay participating.
Cal received seven at-large bids to NCAAs, with the other seven entrants earning automatic-qualifying scores at the NCAA West Regional. The Bears' representatives are - Martin Maric (discus), Francis Gadayan (800), Michael Coe (1500), Yosef Ghebray (10,000), Jordan Paul (110-H), Jake Hanson (400-H), Katie Morgan (pole vault), Allison Stokke (pole vault), Tracey Stewart (triple jump), Inika McPherson (high jump), Brook Turner (400), Kandi Bonty (400), Cherrelle Garrett (100), Alison Greggor (10,000) and the women's 4x100-meter relay (Kimyon Broom, Kandi Bonty, Kayla Dixon, Cherrelle Garrett).
Last Time Out: at NCAA West Regional
At the NCAA West Regional (May 29-30), Martin Maric successfully defended his regional championship from 2008 when he took top honors in the discus in the 2009 competition. Maric captured California's lone regional title, as he recorded a collegiate-best throw of 200-11 (61.24m). The Cal men took eighth overall with 31 points and the Cal women finished in seventh with 42 points.
Senior Kandi Bonty (400 meters) and junior Tracey Stewart (triple jump) each PRed in their events and recorded fifth-place finishes. Bonty PRed in both the prelims and the final. Senior Brook Turner finished just ahead of Bonty in the 400, taking fourth overall. Also coming in fifth was senior Katie Morgan in the pole vault. Sophomore Cherrelle Garrett took second in the 100 with a time of 11.39, just shy of her PR of 11.38.
Last Year's NCAA Championships
Katie Morgan won the 2008 NCAA pole vault title with her jump of 13-9.25 (4.20m). Three other vaulters earned the same mark, but Morgan was the only one who did not have a miss through the first four rounds. Also earning All-America honors were Martin Maric in the discus and the women's 4x100- meter relay, which consisted of Kimyon Broom, Kandi Bonty, Kristin Holmes and Cherrelle Garrett. Both Maric and the relay came in eighth overall.
In the NCAA rankings
The Bears in the NCAA's top 10 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), senior Martin Maric is No. 4 in the discus 198-6 (60.52m) and senior Jake Hanson is No. 10 in the 400-meter hurldes (50.32). On the women's side, senior Inika McPherson is No. 8 in the high jump (6-0, 1.83m), Kimyon Broom is No. 5 in the 100-meter hurdles (13.02) and Katie Morgan is No. 10 in the pole vault (4.22m).
Three Bears Make Pac-10 All-Academic Team
Sophomore Matt Hansadavid Miller, senior Francesca Weems and junior Kristen Meister were recently named to the Pac-10 All-Academic second team. The Bears who earned honorable mention honors were - Sean Carey, Michael Coe, Francis Gadayan, Yosef Ghebray, Jake Hanson, Kari Karlsson, Patrick Kowalsky, Kevin Kuechler, Martin Maric, Kellan Patterson, Ryan Shuler, Kandi Bonty, Kayla Dixon, Cyrena Giordano, Tifani Grimes, Mercedes Marchbanks, Katie Morgan, Linda Oseso, Mackenzie Pierce, Veronica Stimson, Allison Stokke and Brook Turner.