Bears Open Indoor Track Season in Albuquerque

Jan. 19, 2010

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THIS WEEK IN CAL TRACK & FIELD: California opens the 2010 indoor track & field season at the second annual Cherry and Silver Invitational hosted by the University New Mexico, alma mater to Cal head coach Tony Sandoval. Last year, Cal also started the year in Albuquerque and was led by Cherrelle Garrett's victories in the 60 and 200 meters. The meet is the first of three regular-season indoor competitions for the Bears before they travel to Seattle for the MPSF championships Feb. 26-27. The NCAA meet is March 12-13 on the Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Ark.

Events at the Cherry and Silver Invitational begin with the women's long jump and men's 60-meter hurdles prelims at 9 a.m., with the final event - the women's 4x400m relay - scheduled to wrap up the day at 3:30 p.m. Visit to directathletics.com for up-to-date results.

2009 INDOOR SEASON IN REVIEW: Cal completed one of its most successful indoor seasons in 2009. The Golden Bear men tied for second at the MPSF championships and placed 12th at the NCAA meet. The Cal women were sixth at MPSFs and tied for 41st at the national championships. Overall, the Bears set 10 school records in '09 - five each by the men and women. Kellan Patterson returns as the defending conference champ in the 60 meters (6.77), while Michael Coe captured the 2009 MPSF title in the mile (4:00.29). On the women's side, Cherrelle Garrett will be seeking the league crown in the 60m (7.38) and 200m (24.03) after finishing as the runner-up in both events last season.

CAL MEN EARN NO. 20 PRESEASON RANKING: Cal's men's team is ranked 20th in the track coaches association preseason poll, which is based upon returnees from the 2009 season. Michael Coe is ranked second in the 3000 meters after running a best of 7:48.05 last February, while Mark Matusak is rated 15th in the event (8:01.77). Other rankings include Sebastian Sam (21st, 800m, 1:49.86), Coe (15th, mile, 4:00.29) and the distance medley relay (9:29.71).

3 TOP 3 FINISHES FOR BEARS AT '09 NCAA MEET: On the strength of three top 3 finishes at last year's NCAA championships, the Cal men placed 12th at the national indoor meet. Michael Coe was second in the 3000 meters in a time of 7:54.42, while Ed Wright tied for third in the high jump with a leap of 7-0.25. The distance medley relay of Mark Matusak, Jake Hanson, Sebastian Sam and Coe was also third, crossing the line in 9:30.39. Although both Wright and Hanson have graduated, the bulk of Cal's NCAA scorers return for 2010.

SCHOOL RECORD-HOLDERS RETURN: A pair of distance runners who set two school indoor records each last season returns for the Bears this year. Michael Coe broke the Cal mark in the mile with a time of 4:00.29 at the MPSF championships and he established the men's standard in the 3000 meters with a time of 7:48.05 at the Husky Classic in Seattle. Alison Greggor also broke the Cal women's record in the 3000 at the Husky Classic (9:36.26), and she broke the school 5000m mark in a return trip to Seattle for the MPSF meet, finishing in 16:30.56. In addition, three-fourth of the Bears' men's distance medley relay that won the MPSF title in a school-record 9:29.71 is back (Mark Matusak, Sebastian Sam and Coe), with only Francis Gadayan lost to graduation.

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CAL: California will host the 2010 Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field this spring. The decathlon and heptathlon will take place May 8-9, with the remaining events being contested May 15-16. Cal last played host to the meet in 2001. Check CalBears.com for more details, including event times and ticket information as the event gets closer.

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