Track and Field Opens Outdoor Season with Hammer Throw

March 21, 2003

The University of California men's and women's track and field teams opened their outdoor season with the hammer event, Friday afternoon at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley. The Golden Bears host their rivals across the Bay-a partial squad from Stanford-as well as open athletes in Cal's first home meet of the outdoor season.

Redshirt freshman Rhuben Williams was the only competitor to throw on the men's side. Williams' top throw was a toss of 194-6, besting his finest throw from last season (184-1). The mark also moves him into seventh-place on Cal's all-time top 10 performers list.

On the women's side, senior Sheni Russell was the Bears' leader, finishing fourth with a best throw of 165-1. Stanford took the top three places, with Sarah Hopping leading the field with the day's best mark of 173-3. The Cardinal's Jessica Pluth finished second (165-11), while Katy Elsbury took third place (165-3). For Cal, sophomore Tamrya d'Artenay finished fifth (152-7), while freshman Carrie Johnson took sixth place (143-9). Stanford's Lindsay Brisbin finished seventh (143-1) and Cal junior Jenna Johnson rounded out the field in eighth place (115-1). Cal's Russell and Carrie Johnson competed as unattached athletes.

The Bears' competition continues tomorrow, as the rest of the field and running events are scheduled. The meet begins at 9:30 a.m. with the women's javelin throw and concludes at 4:05 p.m. with the men's 4x400 relay. Admission to the meet is free.

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