Joyce Becomes Two-Time All-American in the Hammer

May 29, 2002

BATON ROUGE, La. - California senior Jennifer Joyce became a two-time All-American after finishing seventh in the hammer on the first day of the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Moore Track Stadium.

Joyce, the Canadian and Cal record holder, entered the competition with the second-best mark in the nation at 214-0 but only managed a throw of 201-10. The Vancouver product earned the Bears' first two points at NCAAs this year. She has competed in four-straight NCAA hammer competitions, earning her first All-America honor for a fourth-place finish as a sophomore in 2000. Joyce won the 2002 Pac-10 hammer title May 19 in Pullman, Wash.

Joyce also is scheduled to compete in Friday's discus competition.

The top seed in the hammer, Nebraska's Melissa Price, also didn't perform up to her expectations, as she took second with a mark of 212-9. Clemson senior Jamine Moton, who entered the event as the No. 4 seed, won the hammer with a college and NCAA meet record of 220-6. Idaho State's Maureen Griffin placed third with a mark of 209-7.

Competing at her first NCAA Championships, Golden Bear senior Erin Belger qualified for the 800m final by finishing second in heat two of the preliminaries tonight with a time of 2:07.07. She held off Georgia Tech's Nicole Campbell (2:07.17) and Seton Hall's Kenia Sinclair (2:07.39) for the final qualifying spot out of heat two. The top two runners from each of the three heats and the next two best times qualified for Friday's final, which is slated for 6:10 p.m. PT.

'The best part of the race today was that I got the job done, and I qualified for finals,' said Belger. 'It's going to be all fun now that I know I'm an All-American.'

Cal senior Missy Vanek did not make the trip to the LSU campus to compete in the heptathlon after re-injuring her hamstring at the Pac-10 Championships May 18.

Cal senior Marielle Schlueter will compete Thursday at 6:50 p.m. PT in the preliminaries of the 3000mSC. She is the only Bear scheduled to compete tomorrow.

Women's Hammer Final:
1. Jamine Moton (Clemson) 220-6, 2. Melissa Price (Nebraska) 212-9, 3. Maureen Griffin (Idaho State) 209-7/63.89, 4. Cari Soong (UCLA) 209-7/63.88m, 5. Candice Scott (Florida) 207-0, 6. L'Orangerie Crawford (USC) 204-4, 7. Jennifer Joyce (Cal) 201-10, 8. Angela Foster (Arizona) 200-3, plus 13 other competitors.

Women's 800m Prelims (finals qualifiers):
1. Tyrone Heath (Georgetown) 2:03.81, 2. Kristina Bratton (Florida) 2:05.92, 3. Aleksandra Deren (USC) 2:06.93, 4. Lauren Simmons (Princeton) 2:03.87, 5. Nicole Cook (Tennessee) 2:05.93, 6. Erin Belger (Cal) 2:07.07, 7. Melisssa DeLeon (Florida) 2:04.04, 8. Alice Schmidt (North Carolina) 2:04.35, 9. Lenka Kalabova (Iowa State) 2:04.53.

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