Cal Competes in Stanford Outdoor Opener

March 6, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - California got its outdoor track & field season underway with a busy day of events at the non-scoring Stanford Open Saturday. Alima Kamara won both the 200 and 400 meters, and Golden Bears established 10 outdoor personal bests.

Kamara, a freshman from Stockton, claimed the 200 race in 24.24 and she circled the track in the 400 in 54.14 to lead a 1-2-4 Cal finish. Hayley Huxtable was second in 56.89 and Kayla Dixon fourth in 57.98.

Other winners on the day included Steve Sodaro, who captured the 1500 meters in a PR 3:46.96, Connor Landry in the pole vault (17-0.75) and Brian Carmichael with a PR 6-10.75 in the high jump. For the women, Cherrelle Garrett placed first in the 100 meters in 12.07, Natalya Beneby won the 400 hurdles in 1:02.19, and Theresa Raub's 12.9-50 was the best clearance of the day in the pole vault.

Three of Cal's decathletes - Kevin Kuechler, Kyle Mills-Bunje and Mike Morrison - got in some outdoor work after an active indoor season, as well. Kuecher set PRs in the shot put (38-11.75) and 110 hurdles (15.60). Mills-Bunje was third in the javelin with a PR 178-10 and also set a PR in the shot with a best of 43-9.75. Finally, Morrison, the MPSF indoor champion in the heptathlon, high jumped 6-0.75 and threw the shot 41-5.00.

In the distances, Michelle Davis ran the best 3000 meters of her Cal career, crossing the line in 9:57.12, while freshman Collin Jarvis was runner-up in the men's 3000 in 8:14.63.

Cal will send selected athletes to the NCAA indoor championships next weekend in Fayetteville, Ark. Check CalBears.com for a complete list of Golden Bear qualifiers once they are announced. The outdoor season continues with the Cal Multis March 24-25 at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley.

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Cal Men's Results
2000m steeplechase - 3. Simon Schmidt 6:11.68; 4. Cody Schmidt 6:14.03; 5. Nate Beach 6:25.80.

1500m - 1. Steve Sodaro 3:46.96; 4. Kari Karlsson 3:50.28.

110m hurdles - 2. Aaron Burney 14.88; 3. Ryan Holmes 14.95; 7. Kevin Kuechler 15.60.

400m - 3. Tom Blocker 49.02.

100m - 4. Nick Porter 11.03; 9. Aaron Burney 11.34.

800m - 8. Austin Jett 1:57.20.

400m hurdles - 1. Ryan Holmes 53.21.

200m - 3. Tom Blocker 22.01; 7. Nick Porter 22.39; 10. Hammed Suleman 23.34.

Javelin - 3. Kyle Mills-Bunje 178-10 (54.50m); 6. Brian Norton 163-1 (49.70m).

Pole Vault - 1. Connor Landry 17-0.75 (5.20m); 2. Ryan Shuler 15-9.00 (4.80m).

High Jump - 1. Brian Carmichael 6-10.75 (2.10m); 3. Mike Tracy (6-4.75 (1.95m); 4. Mike Morrison 6-0.75 (1.85m).

3000m - 2. Collin Jarvis 8:14.63; 18. Andres Diaz 8:39.10; 20. Cody Schmidt 8:40.90; 21. Simon Schmidt 8:41.42; 25. Matt Petersen 8:49.87.

Shot Put - 10. Kyle Mills-Bunje 43-9.75 (13.35m); 13. Mike Morrison 41-5.00 (12.62m); 17. Kevin Kuechler 38-11.75 (11.88m).

Discus - 16. Kyle Mills-Bunje 115-7 (35.22m).

Cal Women's Results
1500m - 6. Crystal Esparza 4:44.69; 8. Hillary Hayes 4:49.33.

100m hurdles - 2. Emani Truluck 14.12.

400m - 1. Alima Kamara 54.15; 2. Hayley Huxtable 56.89; 4. Kayla Dixon 57.98.

100m - 1. Cherrelle Garrett 12.07; 10. Emani Truluck 12.83.

800m - 4. Taylor Dutch 2:15.66.

400m hurdles - 1. Natalya Beneby 1:02.19; 3. Shannon Forbes 1:04.24.

200m - 1. Alima Kamara 24.24; 4. Kayla Dixon 24.72; 5. Hayley Huxtable 24.90.

3000m - 6. Michelle Davis 9:57.12; 17. Nicole Hough 10:16.74.

Javelin - 4. Dana Hoolko 127-7 (37.68m)

Hammer - 4. Linda Oseso 161-1 (49.11m); 6. Kiely Smith 155-10 (47.49).

High Jump - 5. Kirstin Rimbach 5-3.00 (1.60m).

Shot Put - 2. Linda Oseso 43-1.75 (13.15m).

Discus - 2. Kendall Morris 148-4 (45.21m)

Pole Vault - 1. Theresa Raub 12-9.50 (3.90m); 3. Cyrena Giordano 12-5.50 (3.80m).

Complete Stanford Open Results

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