Bears Travel to Jim Click Shootout; Morrison to Texas Relays

March 30, 2010

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THIS WEEK IN CAL TRACK & FIELD: Cal's track & field team ventures outside the Bay Area for the first time this outdoor season this week. The vast majority of the squad will travel to the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Ariz., while decathlete Mike Morrison will represent the Golden Bears at the Texas Relays in Austin.

The Jim Click Shootout, which will be held at Roy P. Drachman Stadium on the University of Arizona campus, will feature athletes from six teams - Cal, Arizona, Nebraska, Kansas State, Minnesota and Illinois. Competition will begin Saturday morning with the women's hammer at 9 a.m., and the first running event will be the women's 3000-meter steeplechase at 12:30 p.m.

Morrison will compete in a field of 20 that includes several decathletes who qualified for last year's NCAA meet, including champion Ashton Eaton of Oregon and seventh-place finisher Trinity Otto of Texas A&M. Morrison, in his first season with the Bears after transferring from Florida, recently placed third in the indoor heptathlon at the NCAA championships. He owns a PR of 7,803 in the decathlon, set in 2008.

CAL MULTIS RECAP: Junior Kevin Kuechler set a personal record in the decathlon with a score of 6,638 points to finish seventh among 11 Group A competitors at the Cal Multis March 24-25 at Edwards Stadium. Over the 10 events, he set or tied eight PRs, four during each afternoon of the two-day event. Kuechler's previous decathlon best was 5,382 set during last spring's Pac-10 championships, where he placed 14th. At the Cal Multis, he had surpassed that total with two events to go. Mark Jellison, a volunteer assistant coach for Cal who was competing unattached, led throughout the competition and finished with 7,414 points.

STANFORD INVITATIONAL SUMMARY: Golden Bears picked up three victories at the Stanford Invitational March 26-27, with Patrick Kowalsky taking the shot put on day one and Kimyon Broom (100-meter hurdles) and Linda Oseso (hammer) prevailing in their respective events on the second day.

Kowalsky captured the invitational shot put with a throw of 57-1.50 on the fourth of his six attempts. Broom out-leaned USC's Shalina Clarke to win her race by one one-hundreth of a second in 13.38, while Oseso threw the hammer 166-4.

Other notable performances came from Cherrelle Garrett, who was second in the 100 meters in 11.67, and Mercedes Marchbanks, whose 41-0.50 in the triple jump was a PR and moved her up to seventh on Cal's all-time performer list.

Freshman Hammed Suleman posted a mark of 49-9.25 in the men's triple jump, best for a Cal athlete since Bruce Giron and Vincent Ibia both surpassed 52 feet in 2004. Suleman's effort came a day after he long jumped 24-2.25 to place second.

SF STATE DISTANCE CARNIVAL REVIEW: Eight Golden Bears participated in the 5000 meters at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival March 26 - two women and six men. Crystal Esparza won section 1 of the women's 5K in 18:01.24, and Collin Jarvis posted the fastest men's time in 14:37.37.

BIG MEET IN BERKELEY APRIL 10: The 116th Big Meet between Cal and Stanford will take place Saturday, April 10 at Edwards Stadium, the only dual competition for either team during the season. The Bear men hold a 66-47-2 series advantage over the Cardinal, while the Stanford women have a 20-10 edge over their Cal counterparts.

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.

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