Cal Wins Three Events at Cardinal Qualifer

May 10, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 22 California women's track and field team won three events to highlight the Golden Bears participation Friday at the Cardinal Qualifier at Cobb Track and Angell Field.

Cal junior Leora Ward won the pole vault competition with a personal best NCAA provisional clearance of 13-0.25. She joins Maria Lopez as the only two Cal women's pole vaulters to clear at least 13 feet.

The Bears posted a one-two finish in the 100m with junior DeCola Groce winning in 12.37 and freshman Shannan Hawes taking second in 12.38.

Sophomore Jenna Johnson claimed top honors in the shot put with a mark of 45-7.25, and her teammate, redshirt freshman Tammy d'Artenay, took second in 43-3.75.

The throws were the Cal men's strongest suit Friday. Junior Zech Whittington finished second in the hammer, bettering his previous PR by about eight feet with a heave of 183-10. Bear sophomore Tony Miranda placed second in the discus with a season-best mark of 166-2. Sophomore Amin Nikfar added a second-place finish in the shot (52-6.75) for Cal.

Saturday, Cal has a contingent of athletes at the 61st-annual Modesto Relays, and seniors Missy Vanek and Shawna Adkins compete in the first day of the heptathlon at the Pac-10 Championships.

Cal Men's Results:
1500m: 38. Jarrell Meier 3:56.55, 43. Carlos Carballo 4:02.44, 45. Mike Pestorich 4:04.84. 3000mSC: 9. Martin Conrad 9:11.48. 5000m: 14. Corey Creasey 14:37.49. Shot Put: 2. Amin Nikfar 52-6.75. Discus: 2. Tony Miranda 166-2, 4. Zech Whittington 154-3. Hammer: 2. Zech Whittington 183-10.

Cal Women's Results:
100m: 1. DeCola Groce 12.37, 2. Shannan Hawes 12.38. 100mH: 3. April Holliverse 14.06. 1500m: 18. Lina Biber-Ferro 4:44.47. Pole Vault: 1. Leora Ward 13-0.25, 3. Danielle Navarre 11-5.75. Shot Put: 1. Jenna Johnson 45-7.25, 2. Tammy d'Artenay 43-3.75. Discus: 4. Jennifer Ladouceur 152-7. Hammer: 3. Tammy d'Artenay 159-8.

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