Track and Field Travels to Mt. SAC Relays
April 16, 2001
BEARS TRAVEL TO MT SAC RELAYS, WOODY WILSON INVITE
California travels to Walnut to compete at the 43rd-annual Mt. SAC Relays, April 20-22. Many Olympic medalists will participate, along with over 200 colleges, universities and junior colleges. Also, 175 high schools are expected to attend, bringing the competitor total to over 15,000 athletes. University events begin Friday at 4:45 with the women's 3000m and end at 10:45 p.m., with the men's 10,000m. Saturday, collegiate competition runs from 1 p.m.-10:30 p.m., and Sunday from 9:50 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Cal also is expected to send a group of athletes to the Woody Wilson Invitational, April 21, at UC Davis. The Bears will not compete at the Pomona Pitzer Invitational, April 20, as originally expected.
ASMEROM SETS CAL RECORD IN 5000M AT 2000 MT SAC MEET
A year ago at the Mt. SAC Relays, Bolota Asmerom set the school record in the 5000m with his third-place finish (13:32.48). The previous record was set by Tom Downs in 1982 (13:40.39).
CAL MEN WIN BRUTUS HAMILTON INVITE, WOMEN FOURTH
The California men's track and field team successfully defended its 2000 Brutus Hamilton Memorial Invitational title Saturday with 152 points at Edwards Stadium. In the four-year history of the meet, the Cal men have won all three competitions that were scored (1999-unscored). The top-ranked USC women won the women's title with 173 points. The Cal women finished fourth with 123 points. Stanford finished second in the men's competition with 146.5 points, while Arizona placed third with 143. On the women's side, the Trojans held off Arizona (165.5) for the title, and Stanford took third with 136 points.
CAL MEN WIN THREE EVENTS, WOMEN TWO OVER THE WEEKEND
Cal combined to caputure five events at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, along with a slew of second-place finishes. Senior Bolota Asmerom claimed the 1500m (3:47.63). Freshman Rhuben Williams won the shot put (57-4.75), and the Bears 4x100m Relay came from behind over the final 50m to win in a season-best 40.56. Senior Dana Lawson posted the women's only two wins in the shot put (52-1.75) and the discus (162-7). She also finished fourth in the hammer (174-7) to account for 25 of the Bears 123 points.
HARDIN, JOHNSON SET CAL FROSH RECORDS IN 2001
Two Cal freshmen records have already been set this season. Corey Hardin finished sixth (187-0) in the javelin at the Brutus Hamilton Invite, breaking Kevin Kline's previous 1991 Cal frosh record of 184-2. Hardin's mark ranks 10th all-time at Cal. Jenna Johnson set a Cal freshman record in the shot put at the Texas Relays, finishing sixth in section B with a PR of 47-2.5, breaking Cindy Durchslag's record of 46-10 set in 1983. Johnson's shot put PR ranks fifth in school history.
KENNEDY POSTS NCAA PROVISIONAL MARK
Cal sophomore Robert Kennedy added his name to a growing list of Golden Bear NCAA provisional qualifiers. Kennedy placed second in the long jump with a season-best and NCAA provisional mark of 25-4w. Last year, he finished 12th in the long jump at the NCAA meet. Overall, Cal has two automatic NCAA performances and nine provisional times/marks this season.