Nikfar, Miranda Win Events at Stanford Invitational

March 29, 2003

University of California juniors Amin Nikfar and Tony Miranda were victorious in their respective shot put and discus events in Friday's competition at the Stanford Invitational. Cal's men's and women's track and field athletes are among the thousands of competitors at the two-day meet.

Nikfar won the shot put in a throw of 56-2.50, while Miranda won the discus with a mark of 173-4. Both Nikfar and Miranda qualified for the NCAA regional and Pac-10 Championships in those events at last weekend's Cal home opener. Senior Joe Berro finished fourth in the javelin with a throw of 217-7, close to his season-best mark of 217-9.

In the men's track events, sophomore Ricci Dula ran a season-best time in the 100m dash (10.84) with a fourth-place finish in heat two of the event. Senior Nick Mazur also notched a season-best time in the 100m (10.90) finishing fourth in heat six. In the 400m, freshman Chris Boykin posted a runner-up finish in the second heat with a season-best time of 50.58. The 800m saw sophomore Randy Fair finish third in heat two with a time of 1:55.19, while freshman James Tolan ran his fastest time of the season in the event at 1:59.03.

In the longer distance events, both senior Craig Lee and freshman Abadir Barre ran season-best times in the 1500m at 4:01.48 and 4:04.43, respectively. Freshman Kevin Davis finished in sixth place in the 3,000m steeplechase in 9:07.72. Last weekend, Davis clocked a 9:06.16 finish in the event to qualify for both the NCAA regional and Pac-10 Championships. In the 5,000m senior Martin Conrad and sophomore Jonathan Balzer finished the event in times of 15:23.13 and 15:27.55, respectively. Sophomore Girmay Guangul raced in the top section of the 10,000m and finished in a time of 29:17.78, while sophomore Carlos Carballo finished in 29:53.60 in section two of the event.

On the women's side, freshman Antonette Carter met Pac-10 qualifying standards in the 100m, finishing second in heat four in a personal best time of 11.97. Fellow freshman, Monica Green also posted a season-best in the 100m in a time of 12.39. In the 800m, freshman Bridget Duffy earned a third-place finish in heat one with a time of 2:12.30. Redshirt freshman Maja Ruznic ran a season-best time of 2:21.47, as did freshman Lisa Sandoval with a 2:27.08 finish. Duffy also notched a team-best time in the 1500m, finishing sixth in heat one at 4:37.72. Sophomore Lindsay Maclise placed eighth in the 1500m in 4:41.89, a time good for second-best on Cal's squad.

Sophomore Abby Parker finished the 3,000m steeplechase in 10:50.42. That marks over a five second improvement from her NCAA regional and Pac-10 qualifying time (10:55.71) from last weekend's home meet. Freshman Christy Borak finished the 5,000m in a personal best time of 17:27.57.

In the field events, sophomore Danielle Navarre notched a personal best in the pole vault with a mark of 12 feet. Carter placed second in the B section of the long jump (18-7.25), while redshirt freshman Qadriyyah Abduallah posted Cal's third-best mark in the event with a jump of 18-1.50. In the shot put, sophomore Tamrya d'Artenay posted a season-best mark of 42-0.50. Junior Jenna Johnson also has season-best throws of 133-3 and 147-6 in the discus and hammer events, respectively.

Cal's track and field team is next at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, Saturday, Apr. 5. Georgia Tech hosts the competition in Atlanta. Check for a complete Cal recap and results.

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