Trio of Golden Bears Compete at World Championships

Aug. 18, 2009

BERKELEY - Former Golden Bears Jennifer Joyce and Grace Upshaw will compete at the World Track & Field Championships in Berlin later this week.

Joyce, who will throw the hammer, won the Canadian title in the hammer with a toss of 69.05 meters to qualify for Worlds. She later improved on her career best with a mark of 70.35 meters during a meet in Spain over the summer. The qualifying rounds of the hammer are Thursday, with the final set for Saturday.

Joyce completed her eligibility at Cal in 2002 and graduated in 2003 with degrees in American studies and French. A two-time All-American, she owns the school record in the hammer (214-0) and is No. 5 all-time in the discus (178-3). She later spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Cal program.

Upshaw is a two-time U.S. Olympian in the long jump, who placed eighth at the 2008 Games in Berlin, and a three-time U.S. outdoor champion. She will enter the qualifying rounds in Berlin on Friday, with the long jump final on Sunday.

Upshaw's best mark at Cal came as a senior in 1997 when she jumped 20-5.75. That same year, she placed second at the Pac-10 championships in the long jump with a mark of 20-2.50.

Running for his native Great Britain, incoming junior James Brewer has already finished competing at the World Championships. He ran a PR of 3:37.17 in the first round of the 1500 meters to qualify for the semifinals. Brewer followed that performance with a time of 3:37.27 in the semis, which was sixth in his heat. However, he missed making the final by just .08 seconds.

A transfer from the University of Bath in England, Brewer finished second in the 1500 at the European Under-23 Championships earlier this summer. He also ran a 3:54.80 mile at the Aviva London Grand Prix on July 25 and owns a best of 1:47.92 in the 800 meters, an event in which he was the European Junior runner-up in 2007.

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