Cal Track & Field Heads to Husky Classic

Feb. 9, 2010

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THIS WEEK IN CAL TRACK & FIELD: In its final tune-up before the MPSF championships at the end of the month, the California indoor track & field team travels to Seattle for the Husky Classic Friday and Saturday. The Golden Bears will return to the Dempsey Indoor facility on the University of Washington campus for the conference meet Feb. 26-27.

A full contingent of more than 40 Bears is scheduled to compete this weekend. Four Cal runners will take to the track Friday night in the 5000 meters - Kari Karlsson and Matt H. Miller for the men and Alison Greggor and Deborah Maier for the women. All remaining events scheduled for Saturday. Live results will be available on the schedule/results page under track & field at

CAL MEN JUMP TO 16TH IN POLL: The Cal men's indoor track & field team moved up six spots to 16th after a strong showing at the UW Invitational Jan. 29-30, an effort that saw the Bears post on NCAA automatic qualifying mark and four additional provisional marks. Cal remained 16th in the Feb. 9 rankings. The Bears began the year rated 20th in the preseason poll and were ranked 22nd after the first week of competition.

Cal's Men's Indoor RankingsPreseason         20Week 1 (Jan. 26)  22Week 2 (Feb. 2)   16Week 3 (Feb. 9)   16

REGIONAL RANKINGS: Heading into this week's competition, senior Mark Matusak has the top time in the West Region in the 3000 meters after running 7:55.63 at the UW Invitational. The mark is also sixth-best in the country to date. In addition, Michael Morrison's school-record 5,710 in the heptathlon is No. 2 in the West and No. 7 nationally. On the women's side, Kimyon Broom owns the region's fastest time in the 60 hurdles (8.30), and Cherrelle Garrett is third in the West in the 60 meters (7.50).

LOOKING BACK AT THE UW INVITATIONAL: 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 Jan. 29-30.

In addition, 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.

Morrison, a transfer from Florida where he was third in the heptathlon at the NCAA meet in 2008 (5,792), 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.

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, placing third with an NCAA provisional time of 7:55.63.

In the men's pole vault, Connor Landry tied for second by clearing 17-1.50, which gave him an NCAA provisional height.

VROOM BROOM: Senior Kimyon Broom broke out of the blocks quickly in her first meet of the 2010 campaign, setting a Cal indoor record in the 60-meter hurdles at the Cherry & Silver Invitational. Broom then matched the time in her next competition, also crossing the line in 8.30 at the UW Invitational. The two-time defending Pac-10 champion in the 100 hurdles outdoors, Broom broke the school indoor mark of 8.31 seconds established by Osarhiemen Omwanghe in 2006.

KOWALSKY BETTERS PR BY NEARLY FOUR FEET IN SHOT PUT: 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 at the UW Invitational. He also had a heave of 52-8 at the opening Cherry & Silver Invitational. Kowalsky's previous best was 54-1 set at the 2009 MPSF championships, where he finished ninth.

VAULTING BEARS: On both the men's and women's side, Cal has displayed its depth in the pole vault this season. Connor Landry, a transfer from Cal Poly, cleared 17-1.50 at the UW Invitational and now ranks fourth in the West Region. Teammate Ryan Shuler is tied for seventh in the West with a best mark of 17-0.75. The Bears also sport three of the top eight marks in the region in the women's event. Allison Stokke is tied for third with a best of 13-1.50, with Cyrena Giordano tied for sixth (12-8.25) and Theresa Raub eighth (12-7.50).

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 for more details, including event times and ticket information as the event gets closer.

DID YOU KNOW?: In 1895, the University of California track & field team was the dominant power on the West Coast and decided to challenge several of the top teams in the Midwest and East on an eight-meet tour. As a symbol of the University, Regent Arthur Rodgers commissioned a blue silk banner emblazoned with a golden grizzly bear, the symbol of the state of California. The banner was carried by the team on its successful tour, which saw them win five of the eight competitions. Cal athletic fans were so ecstatic over the team's performance that Professor Charles Mills Gayley was inspired to write the song 'The Golden Bear.' Cal's athletic teams have been known as the Golden Bears ever since.

GOLDEN BEAR WINTER OLYMPIAN: Chuck Berkeley, a 400-meter runner for the Golden Bears track & field team while a student at Cal, will compete on the U.S. Olympic team in the four-man bobsled as a pusher for driver John Napier. The four-man event will take place at the Whistler Sliding Centre Feb. 26-27 during the Vancouver Games. Berkeley placed fourth in the 400 at the Pac-10 track championships in 2000, finishing in a time of 46.95, Cal's fastest mark of the season and a career collegiate best. He joins a short list of former Cal students who are known to have competed in the Winter Olympics. Nion Tucker captured a gold medal for the United States in the five-man bobsled in 1928, while Timothy Brown was fifth in figure skating in 1960 and Connie Carpenter-Phinney was seventh in the 1500 meters in speed skating in 1972.

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