Stanford Qualifier, Modesto Relays, Pac-10 Multi Championships Up For Bears
May 6, 2003
BEARS COMPETE AT MODESTO RELAYS, PAC-10 MULTIS
The University of California's track and field team will send several athletes to the Stanford Qualifier Friday, May 9 and to the 62nd annual Modest Relays Thursday-Saturday, May 8-10. Two athletes, junior Jason Gatewood and freshman Elzunia Lamb, travel to Los Angeles to compete at the Pac-10 Mulit-Event Championships. The conference multi championship meet begins at 11 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The Modesto Relays are held at Modesto Junior College Stadium. The relays showcase a quality field of athletes ranging from the collegiate ranks to Olympians. Such elite athletes as Tim Montgomery, Maurice Green and Stacy Dragila are expected to compete.
AND AT HOME IN BERKELEY...
Cal plays host to the IAAF Challenge of Atlas and Athena, a two-day decathlon and heptathlon competition. The meet will be held Friday-Saturday, May 9-10 at Edwards Stadium. The decathlon starts at 12 p.m. on Friday, with the heptathlon beginning at 12:30 p.m. On Saturday, the decathlon starts at 10:15 a.m. and the heptathlon begins at 1:30 p.m. Participants for this meet will be posted at www.calbears.com later this week.
AT THE 2002 MODESTO RELAYS
At last season's Modesto Relays, Deanna Slaton turned in Cal's top performance, clocking a personal best of 59.80 in the 400-meter hurdles. Slaton has already bested that time this year, turning in a 58.93 effort at the Cal Invite. Other impressive showings included Leora Ward's third-place finish in the pole vault (12-1.5) and Jenna Johnson fourth-place throw of 46-7.5 in the shot put. Ward's best vault of this season is a 12-5.5 mark at the Pomona-Pitzer Invite and Big Meet. Johnson's best shot this year is a 49-5.5 throw at the Big Meet.
AT THE 2002 PAC-10 MULTI CHAMPIONSHIPS
Last year, Missy Vanek finished second in the heptathlon and Jason Gatewood finished sixth in the decathlon at the Pac-10 Multi-Event championships held at Washington State's Mooberry Track and Field Complex. Vanek turned in solid performances and finished the competition with a season-best 5498 points. This season, Gatewood has a season-best point total of 6910 garnered earlier this season at the UC Multi Meet.
SCHEDULES, RESULTS & RECAPS
A schedule for the Challenge of Atlas & Athena can be found at www.calbears.com, while the Modesto Relays schedule can be found at www.modestorelays.com. Check www.calbears.com for complete recaps and results for all of Cal's track and field activities this weekend.
BIG MEET IN REVIEW
Two school records were set and numerous personal bests were recorded at last Saturday's Big Meet. The 109th running of the rivarly was held at Stanford. Despite being swept by the Cardinal-93-70 on the men's side, 111-51 on the women's-Cal's young squads turned in impressive performances. The women's 4x100 team, comprised of three freshman and one sophomore, set a new school record (45.57) and Osarhiemen Omwanghe rewrote Cal's 100m hurdles freshman record (13.60). The men held their own against Stanford until nearly the end of the meet, when the Cardinal swept the first three places in the 5000m run, clinching the victory. In all, the men won nine events while the women captured four. Other inspiring performances included junior Chloe Jarvis' win and personal best in the 800m (9:07.95) and Bruce Giron's two victories in the 400m hurdles (52.53) and personal best in the triple jump (51-0.25). The Bears dominated the sprints with sophomores Ricci Dula and Toby Atawo winning the 100m and 200m dashes, respectively. The women's 100m dash was also a bright spot for the Bears, as freshman Antonette Carter, sophomore Shannan Hawes and senior DeCola Groce swept the second through fourth places.
Comments from Cal track and field director Chris Huffins on his team's performance at the Big Meet:
'It's really hats off to our kids. They did very, very well. To compete against the sixth and seventh ranked teams in the country and perform like this, I think we earned some people's respect. Our athletes are young, but they gave all they could possibly give. They were prepared and I think they showed beyond a shadow of a doubt that our kids are tough.'
Lewy Finishes Second at Pittsburgh Marathon
Cal volunteer coach, Magdalena Lewy, recently finished second at the Pittsburgh Marathon in Pittsburgh, Pa. Lewy's second-fastest time of 2:31.38 put her into the U.S. Olympic Trials, where she will make the U.S. Olympic Team if she finishes in the top three in St. Louis next April.
BEARS BOAST RECORD-BREAKING SEASON
Cal has had several people ink their names onto the school record books this season. The following includes information on the events in which Golden Bears have rewritten records.
* WOMEN'S 4X100 TEAM BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD
The Golden Bears' women's 4x100m relay team finished second at the Big Meet in 45.57, shattering the former school record of 45.61, also set at the 1991 Big Meet. Cal's squad was comprised of three freshmen and one sophomore-frosh Jacqueline Earls, Osarhiemen Omwanghe and Antonette Carter, and sophomore Shannan Hawes.
* OMWANGHE BREAKS FRESHMAN 100m HURDLES RECORD
Osarhiemen Omwanghe broke Cal's 100m hurdles freshman record, a mark that had stood for the past three years, at last weekend's Big Meet. Omwanghe's time of 13.60, bested the former time of 13.82 clocked by teammate April Holliverse in 2000. Omwanghe's time of 13.60 is the second-fastest in Cal's history and is just two-one hundredths of a second away from the school record of 13.58.
* TEAK WILBURN TIES CAL FRESHMAN HIGH JUMP RECORD
Freshman Teak Wilburn tied a Cal freshman record in the high jump (7-3.25) at the Mt. SAC Relays Apr. 19. That mark moves him into a sixth-place tie with Clarence Johnson on Cal's all-time best performances list and meets NCAA and Pac-10 postseason qualifying standards. That mark also puts him into a five-way tie for the second-best mark nationally. Wilburn is ranked fifth in the high jump in Trackwire's Apr. 29 Dandy Dozen List. The list is a power ranking of the top 12 athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event. The factors used to build the D12 include quantitative values that measure performances in past major competitions (such as conference championships, national championships and Olympic competition), durability and freedom from injuries, demonstrated ability to compete well in multiple rounds of competition, ability in other events, head-to-head competition with other top athletes, and personal or seasonal bests.
* GIRMAY GUANGUL BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD IN 10,000m
Sophomore Girmay Guangul broke Cal's 10,000m record in a Pac-10 qualifying time of 29:17.78 at the Stanford Invitational Mar. 29. The previous record was 29:24.3, set by Rich McCann at the 1981 Mt. SAC Relays.
UP NEXT FOR THE BEARS...
After this weekend's Cardinal Qualifier, Modesto Relays and Pac-10 Multi-Events Championship, the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships take place Saturday-Sunday, May 17-18 in Los Angeles. The conference meet is hosted by USC. A schedule is available at www.usctrojans.com.
39 ATHLETES ALREADY POSSESS POSTSEASON QUALIFYING MARKS
In only five outdoor competitions to date, the Bears haven't wasted any time in accumulating Pac-10 qualifying times and marks, and three of those athletes can boast meeting conference qualifying standards in more than one event. The following is a list of athletes that have met postseason qualifying standards:
Name Event Best Mark Qualifying Standard Met
WomenAntonette Carter Long Jump 19-2 Pac-10 100m 11.74w NCAA/Pac-10 200m 24.32 Pac-10Lache Bailey 800m 2:08.48 NCAA/Pac-10Christy Borak 5,000m 17:16.97 Pac-10Stephanie Cowling 400mH 1:00.75 NCAA/Pac-10Tamrya d'Artenay Shot Put 45-11.75 NCAA/Pac-10Bridget Duffy 1500m 4:33.11 Pac-10Jacqueline Earls 100m 11.93w Pac-10DeCola Groce 100m 11.86w Pac-10Shannan Hawes 100m 11.80w NCAA/Pac-10April Holliverse 100mH 13.92 NCAA/Pac-10 400mH 1:01.18 NCAA/Pac-10Chloe Jarvis 400M 55.16 Pac-10 800m 2:07.95 NCAA/Pac-10Jenna Johnson Shot Put 49-5.50 NCAA/Pac-10Elzunia Lamb Long Jump 19-8.75 NCAA/Pac-10Lindsey Maclise 1500m 4:33.23 Pac-10Mary Meyman 100mH 14.17 NCAA/Pac-10Danielle Navarre Pole Vault 12-5.5 NCAA/Pac-10Osarhiemen Omwanghe 100mH 13.60 NCAA/Pac-10 400mH 1:00.31 NCAA/Pac-10Abby Parker 3000mSC 10:50.42 NCAA/Pac-10Deanna Slaton 400mH 58.93 NCAA/Pac-10Leora Ward Pole Vault 12-5.5 NCAA/Pac-104X100m Relay(Earls, Omwanghe, Hawes, Carter) 45.57 NCAA4x400m Relay(Cowling, Jarvis, Omwanghe, Slaton) 3:38.38 NCAA
MenToby Atawo 100m 10.49w NCAA/Pac-10 200m 21.26 Pac-10Joe Berro Javelin 217-9 NCAA/Pac-10 Discus 171-5 NCAA/Pac-10Tim Bogdanof 110mH 14.05 NCAA/Pac-10 400mH 52.43 NCAA/Pac-10Martin Conrad 3000mSC 9:10.75 NCAARicci Dula 100m 10.42w NCAA/Pac-10Kevin Davis 3000mSC 9:06.16 NCAA/Pac-10Jason Gatewood Decathlon 6,910 Pac-10 High Jump 6-9 Pac-10Herman Gill High Jump 6-9.50 NCAA/Pac-10Bruce Giron Triple Jump 51-0.25 NCAA/Pac-10 400mH 52.53 NCAA/Pac-10David Glasgow High Jump 6-10.75 NCAA/Pac-10Girmay Guangul 5,000m 14:24.17 NCAA/Pac-10 10,000m 29:17.78 Pac-10Tony Miranda Discus 183-10 NCAA/Pac-10Nick Mazur 100m 10.64w NCAA/Pac-10Amin Nikfar Shot Put 58-11.50 NCAA/Pac-10Greg Ross Decathlon 4495 Pac-10Kurt Seefeld Discus 178-10 NCAA/Pac-10Teak Wilburn High Jump 7-3.25 NCAA/Pac-10Rhuben Williams Discus 168-6 NCAA Hammer 200-7 NCAA/Pac-10 Shot Put 60-5.25 NCAA/Pac-104x100m Relay(Mazur, Atawo, Boykin, Dula) 40.08 NCAA
REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TO DETERMINE NCAA QUALIFIERS IN NEW 2003 FORMAT
The qualifying standards for the 2003 NCAA Track and Field Championships has changed from years past, as for the first time ever, the NCAA will use Regional Championship meets to determine qualifying for the national meet. Stating a desire to place an emphasis on competition, rather than best marks, the NCAA Championships will draw the top-five finishers in each individual event, and top-three relay teams from each of the four regionals nationwide, to be contested May 30-31. Athletes will qualify for the Regional meets by meeting pre-determined NCAA standards. The NCAA will then round out the Championships field by selecting the highest-ranking indivdiuals (approximately six per individual event and five per relay) from the national collegiate performance lists, provided those athletes competed at their respective Regional meets and were not among the finishers to earn automatic NCAA berths.