McLean Finishes Fifth in Pole Vault at NCAA Championships

May 30, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - The California men's and women's track and field teams got off to a strong start Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field. Junior Bubba McLean and senior Dana Lawson were the Bears only two competitors on the first day of competition, and each came away with All-America honors.

McLean earned a surprise four points for Cal towards the team race with his fifth-place finish in the pole vault. The Kula, Hawaii, product entered the meet tied for No. 17 on the seed list with a PR clearance of 17-4.5. However, after missing last season with an injury, he wouldn't be denied his first All-America honor as a Bear by clearing a new PR of 17-10.5, which ranks third all-time in school history.

USC's Dennis Kholev finished first in the pole vault with a mark of 18-6.5, while BYU's Jeff Hansen took second at 18-2.5. John Nance (Texas A&M) and Jacob Pauli (Northern Iowa) placed third and fourth, respectively, with the same 17-10.5 performance as McLean, but finished ahead of him based on attempts.

Lawson started the day as the No. 9 seed in the discus with a PR of 175-11, and finished the event Wednesday in ninth with a throw of 166-8. Despite not placing in the top eight scoring spots, Lawson garnered All-America honors as one of the top eight Americans.

Idaho's Katja Schreiber, who is from Germany, won the discus with a PR of 197-11. Colorado State's Liz Toman was second with a mark of 184-5, followed by UCLA's Chaniqua Ross (180-9).

Lawson, a native of Clayton, Calif., is the only Bear competing Thursday and is the only Cal athlete competing in two events at NCAAs. She looks to add outdoor All-America honors in the shot put to the indoor All-America status she obtained for her third place finish in March at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

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