Cal Opens Outdoor Season With Several NCAA/Pac-10 Qualifers

March 22, 2003

Competing against a partial squad from Stanford and several open athletes, the University of California's men's and women's track teams saw 13 athletes post NCAA regional and Pac-10 qualifying marks in its first outdoor meet of the season Saturday at Edward Stadium in Berkeley.

The Golden Bears started the meet off strong, as senior Joe Berro won the men's javelin with an NCAA regional and Pac-10 qualifying throw of 217-9. Sophomore Greg Ross finished in third place with a toss of 154-2. Junior transfer Brooke Meredith, competing as an unattached athlete, was the highest finisher on the women's side with a javelin throw of 125-5.

The day's second event featured redshirt freshman Rhuben Williams and junior Amin Nikfar posting a 1-2 finish in the shot put. Williams' throw of 59-8.50 was his lifetime best and also stands as the fifth-best shot in Cal's history. Nikfar also posted a personal best, with a shot of 57-6.50. Both athletes' marks meet NCAA regional and Pac-10 qualifying standards. Williams' hammer throw of 194-6 from Friday, also qualifies for Pac-10s. Senior Sheni Russell, competing as an unattached athlete, won the women's shot put in a lifetime best mark of 48-7.25. Junior Jenna Johnson finished in second place with an NCAA regional and Pac-10 qualifying mark of 47-5.

The men's discus closed out the morning's throws events with junior Tony Miranda and Berro finishing 1-2 in the field, each with personal bests. Miranda placed first with a toss of 174-3. Berro finished second with a throw of 165-01. Both marks meet NCAA regional standards, while Miranda's also qualifies him for the Pac-10 Championships.

'This was a great way to get the season rolling,' said Cal head coach Chris Huffins. 'I think our sprints were strong and several individuals had excellent performances. Chloe Jarvis took eight seconds off her previous PR and Teak Wilburn cleared seven feet in the high jump. Overall, I think the team really performed well.'

Freshman Antonette Carter won the long jump with a Pac-10 qualifying mark of 19-2, while Lamb finished third (17-9.50). Juniors Cynthia Mallory and Brooke Meredith finished 2-3 in the high jump with marks of 5-3.75 and 4-11.75, respectively. Sophomore Danielle Navarre placed third in the pole vault with a mark of 11-5.75. For the men, freshman Teak Wilburn broke the seven-foot mark to win the high jump (7-0.50). That mark meets both NCAA regional and Pac-10 qualifying standards. Senior Herman Gill was runner-up in the event with a jump at 6-6.75.

In the sprints, Carter placed second in the 200m (25.14) and third in the 100m dashes (12.23), while Hawes finished third in the 200m (54.70) and fourth in the 100m (12.47). Freshman Osarhiemen Omwanghe was a two-event winner, taking first in both the 100m hurdles (13.94) and 400m dash (57.18). Her time in the hurdles meets NCAA regional and Pac-10 qualifying standards. Senior April Holliverse notched a runner-up finish in the 100m hurdles in a Pac-10 qualifying time of 14.34. In the 400m, junior Deanna Slaton placed second (52.98). Junior Stephanie Cowling was Cal's top finisher in the 400m hurdles, placing second in 1:02.50, while Holliverse finished third (1:04.66).

On the men's side, senior Ahmad Wright, competing unattached, captured first-place in both the 100m (10.79) and 200m (21.51). Those times stand as his personal bests. Sophomore Toby Atawo finished second in the 200m (21.60) and third in the 100m (10.86). Freshman Chris Boykin won the 400m in a time of 51.31, while senior Scott Norby-Cedillo finished third (56.41). In the 110m hurdles, junior Tim Bogdanof won the event with an NCAA regional and Pac-10 qualifying time of 14.33. Junior transfer Kevin Correnti won the 400m hurdles in 54 seconds flat.

Junior Chloe Jarvis had an impressive run in the 800m, winning the event in an NCAA regional and Pac-10 qualifying time of 2:10.25. That time shaved eight seconds off of her previous personal best. Sophomore Randy Fair finished second in the men's 800m (1:53.85). Senior Lache Bailey and sophomore Jonathan Balzer both garnered runner-up finishes in the 1500m with respective times of 4:42.78 and 4:01.43. In the 3,000m run, freshman Bridget Duffy and sophomore Girmay Guangul both finished first in times of 10:10.25 and 8:15.16, respectively. The 3,000m steeplechase saw Pac-10 qualifying and personal best times set by both sophomore Abby Parker (10:55.71) and freshman Kevin Davis (9:06.16). Davis' time also met NCAA regional qualifying standards and marked his debut in the event.

In the women's 4x100 relay, Cal's 'A' team of freshman Monica Green, Omwanghe, freshman Jacqueline Earls and Hawes finished in a time of 48.27. The women's 4x400 team of Cowling, Omwanghe, Slaton and Bailey finished first in 3:48.65 in the event, while the men's 4x400 'A' team of Atawo, Bogdanof, Correnti and Fair also finished first in 3:23.01.

Cal is back in action next week as several athletes will compete in the Cal Multi Meet held in Davis, CA Mar. 26-27. The team also competes next weekend at the Stanford Invitational Mar. 28-29.

Cal Finishers (men): 100m: 1. Ahmad Wright 10.79, 3. Toby Atawo 10.86, 4. Nick Mazur 10.97, 6. Ricci Dula 11.06. 200m: 1. Ahmad Wright 21.51, 2. Toby Atawo 21.60. 400m: 1. Chris Boykin 51.31, 3. Scott Norby-Cedillo 56.41. 800m: 2. Randy Fair 1:53.85, 5. Tom Allen 1:58.35, 6. Trevor Uyemura 1:58.97, 8. James Tolan 1:59.77, 9. Abadir Barre 2:07.14, 10. Martin Conrad 2:07.86. 1500m: 2. Jonathan Balzer 4:01.43, 5. Chris Wong 4:04.85, 6. Abadir Barre 4:06.30. 3,000m: 1. Girmay Guangul 8:15.16, 2. Carlos Carballo 8:23.17, 4. Dan Spence 9:01.09, 5. Greg Jizmagian 9:09.93. 3,000m SC: 1. Kevin Davis 9:06.16, 2. Martin Conrad 9:15.16, 3. Michael Kouri 9:44.45, 4. Greg Jizmagian 9:51.01, 5. Dan Spence 10:12.08. 110mH: 1. Tim Bogdanof 14.33. Section 2: 2. Jason Gatewood 15.32, 4. Greg Ross 16.88. 400mH: 1. Kevin Correnti 54.00. 4x100 Relay: 1. Cal 'A' DQ. 4x400: 1. Cal 'A' (Atawo, Bogdanof, Correnti, Fair) 3:23.01, 2. Cal 'B' (Uyemura, Ross, Gatewood, Tolan) 3:36.32. Javelin: 1. Joe Berro 217-9, 3. Greg Ross 154-2. Shot Put: 1. Rhuben Williams 62-0.25, 2. Amin Nikfar 57-6.50, 4. Tony Miranda 50-2. Discus: 1.Tony Miranda 174-3, 2. Joe Berro 165-1, 5. Kurt Seefeld 160-0. High Jump: 1. Teak Wilburn 7-0.50, 2. Herman Gill 6-6.75.

Cal Finishers (women): 100m: 3. Antonette Carter 12.23, 4. Shannan Hawes 12.47, 5. DeCola Groce 12.47, 6. Jacqueline Earls 12.48, 7. Mary Meyman 12.72, 8. Monica Green 12.75, 9. Danielle Navarre 13.07. 200m: 2. Antonette Carter 25.14, 3. Shannan Hawes 25.70, 5. Jacqueline Earls 25.95, 6. Erica Davenport 28.66. 400m: 1. Osarhiemen Omwanghe 57.18, 2. Deanna Slaton 57.89, 3. Lauren Dorsey 1:02.01. 800m: 1. Chloe Jarvis 2:10.25, 2. Lindsey Maclise 2:13.55, 3. Maja Ruznic 2:22.74, 5. Abbey Parker 2:26.75, 6. Lisa Sandoval 2:28.45. 1500m: 2. Lache Bailey 4:42.78, 4. Eva Markiewicz 4:54.66. . 3,000m: 1. Bridget Duffy 10:10.25, 2. Katie White 10:57.25. 3,000m SC: Abbey Parker 10:55.71. 100mH: 1. Osarhiemen Omwanghe 13.94, 2. April Holliverse 14.34, 3. Mary Meyman 14.49, 4. Stephanie Cowling 14.54. Section 2: 2. Brooke Meredith 15.72, 3. Janeshia Adams-Ginyard 21.31. 400mH: 2. Stephanie Cowling 1:02.50, 3. April Holliverse 1:04.66, 4. Shalonda Reynolds 1:05.14, 6. Janeshia Adams-Ginyard 1:06.43, 7. Lauren Barbieri 1:09.51. 4x100 Relay: 1. Cal 'A' (Green, Omwanghe, Earls, Hawes) 48.27. 4x400: 1. Cal 'A' (Cowling, Omwanghe, Slaton, Bailey) 3:48.65), 2. Cal 'B' (Baires-Irvin, Holliverse, Barbieri, Reynolds) 3:57.93, 3. Cal 'C' (Jarvis, Maclise, Ruznic, Sandoval) 4:04.72.Javelin: 4. Brooke Meredith 125-5, 5. Elzunia Lamb 116-0. Shot Put: 1. Sheni Russell 48-7.25, 2. Jenna Johnson 47-5, 3. Carrie Johnson 42-11, 5. Tamrya d'Artenay 41-2.50. Discus: 5. Tamrya d' Artenay 132-03, 6. Jenna Johnson 127-09, 7. Carrie Johnson 125-06. Long Jump: 1. Antonette Carter 19-2, 3. Elzunia Lamb 17-9.50, 4. Monica Green 17-3.25, 7. Janeshia Adams-Ginyard 15-9.50. High Jump: 2. Cynthia Mallory 5-3.75, 3. Brooke Meredith 4-11.75, 4. Janeshia Adams-Ginyard 4-6. Pole Vault: 3. Danielle Navarre 11-5.75, 5. Shannon McIntyre 9-6.25.

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