Cal Sets or Ties 3 School Records at UW Invitational

Jan. 30, 2010

SEATTLE, Wash. - Michael Morrison shattered the Cal record in the heptathlon, scoring an NCAA automatic qualifying total of 5,710 points, to lead an impressive set of Golden Bear performances at the UW Indoor Invitational Saturday.

In addition to Morrison's mark, Kimyon Broom tied her Cal record with a time of 8.30 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles and Chelsea Reilly set a school mark in the mile, crossing in 4:48.89. Golden Bears also posted six additional NCAA provisional qualifying marks on the day.

Morrison, a transfer from Florida where he was an All-American in the heptathlon, won two of the three events contested Saturday, clearing 16-2.75 in the pole vault and covering the 1000m in 2:46.63. He was also fourth among the heptathletes in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.38 seconds.

Morrison broke the Cal record of 5,437 set by Jonas Hallgrimsson in Seattle in 2004.

Kyle Mills-Bunje also surpassed Hallgrimsson's total with his personal-best score of 5,504 points, which was good for fourth at the UW Invite and an NCAA provisional mark. Kevin Kuechler was 15th with 4,629 points.

Reilly finished sixth in the mile, but her time of 4:48.89 set a Cal indoor record, breaking the mark of 4:49.04 set by Bridget Duffy at the MPSF championships in 2006.

Broom matched her school record in the 60-meter hurdles, winning the event in 8.30. She recorded the same time last week during her first-place finish at the Cherry & Silver Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Emani Truluck was fifth in the event in 8.72 seconds.

In the 200, Truluck was a close second to Portland State's Malissa Anthony, running a personal-best 25,89 to Anthony's 25.84.

Patrick Kowalsky uncorked a throw of 58-0.25 on his third attempt in the shot put to easily beat his career best by nearly four feet to claim third place. His previous best was 54-1, and he had a heave of 52-8 last week at the Cherry & Silver Invitational.

Sofia Oberg posted an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the women's 800 meters, crossing the line in third place in 2:08.54. In the men's 800, Sebastian Sam also recorded an NCAA provisional time (1:50.38), taking seventh overall.

Mark Matusak ran the second-fastest 3000m in Cal history, taking third with an NCAA provisional time of 7:55.63. Steve Sodaro followed in 15th place in 8:06.93.

In the men's pole vault, Connor Landry tied for second by clearing 17-1.50, which gave him an NCAA provisional height. Justin Miller tied for sixth (16-7.50) and Ryan Shuler tied for eighth (16-1.75).

Miles Palacios improved his career best by just over two feet in the weight throw, with his mark of 60-5.25 bettering his previous PR of 58-4.50 set last weekend.

For complete UW Invitational results, click here.

The Cal track & field team will take a week off before returning to Seattle for the Husky Classic on Saturday, Feb. 13.

UW Invitational Results
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010

Men
60-meter Hurdles prelims - 10. David Burney 8.42q; 19. Ryan Holmes 8.69.

60-meter Hurdles final - 6. Aaron Burney 8.31.

60 meters prelims - 3. Kellan Patterson 6.85q; 15. Nick Porter 7.02; 30. Charles Saseun 7.12.

60 meters final - 3. Kellan Patterson 6.82.

Long Jump final - 8. Hammed Suleman 22-5.75 (6.85m); 10. Chase Wheeler 22-5.00 (6.83m); 11. Chad Jones 22-4.50 (6.42m).

Shot Put final - 3. Patrick Kowalsky 58-0.25 (17.68m).

200 meters final - 19. Ryan Holmes 22.90; 26. Aaron Burney 23.29.

800 meters final - 7. Sebastian Sam 1:50.38*.

Weight Throw final - 5. Miles Palacios 60-5.25 (18.42m).

3000 meters final - 4. Mark Matusak 7:55.63*; 15. Steve Sodaro 8:08.93.

High Jump final - 12. Maurice Valentine Jr. 6-3.50 (1.92m).

Pole Vault final - T2. Connor Landry 17-1.50 (5.22m)*; T6. Justin Miller 16-7.50 (5.07m); T8. Ryan Shuler 16-1.75 (4.92m).

Triple Jump final - 4. Hammed Suleman 47-7.00 (14.32m); 10. Chad Jones 45-4.50 (13.83m).

Heptathlon
60-meter Hurdles - 4. Michael Morrison 8.38 (888 points); 10. Kyle Mills-Bunje 8.87 (775); 22. Kevin Kuechler 9.45 (650).

Pole Vault - 1. Michael Morrison 16-2.75 (4.95m), 895; 3. Kyle Mills-Bunje 15-11.00 (4.85m), 865; 16. Kevin Kuechler 13-3.50 (631).

1000 meters - 1. Michael Morrison 2:46.63 (801); 8. Kyle Mills-Bunje 2:57.01 (694); 16. Kevin Kuechler 3:04.06 (625).

Final Totals - 1. Michael Morrison 5710 points = #; 4. Kyle Mills-Bunje 5504 points *; 15. Kevin Kuechler 4629 points.

Women
60-meter Hurdles prelims - 1. Kimyon Broom 8.43*q; 6. Emani Truluck 8.83q.

60-meter Hurdles final - 1. Kimyon Broom 8.30*^; 5. Emani Truluck 8.72.

200 meters final - 2. Emani Truluck 25.89.

Weight Throw final - 11. Kiely Smith 49-03.75 (15.03m).

Long Jump final - 4. Kristin Holmes 19-4.00 (5.89m); 10. Tracey Stewart 18-8.50 (5.70m); 12. Malaina Payton 18-1.50 (5.52m); 20. Robyn Hunte 17-6.25 (5.34m).

800 meters final - 10. Sofia Oberg 2:08.54*.

Mile final - 6. Chelsea Reilly 4:48.89#.

Pole Vault final - 3. Allison Stokke 12-8.25 (3.87m); 3. Cyrena Giordano 12-8.25 (3.87m); 7. Theresa Raub 12-2.50 (3.72m).

Triple Jump final - 3. Tracey Stewart 40-0.75 (12.21m); 6. Mercedes Marchbanks 39-7.00 (12.06m); 12. Amanda Hunter 38-6.25 (11.74m).

Shot Put final - 17. Linda Oseso 42-9.50 (13.04m).

= NCAA automatic qualifying mark
* NCAA provisional qualifying mark
^ Ties Cal indoor record
# Cal indoor record

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