Men's Team Finishes Seventh at Pac-10 Championships
May 18, 2003
The University of California men's and women's track and field teams finished in seventh and ninth place, respectively at the 2003 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships. The men's point total was 54, while the women scored 40. The Golden Bears' women's team rewrote the school's 4x100-meter relay record at the annual conference meet hosted by USC. This season marked the first time the Trojans have hosted the league meet since 1986.
Cal's seventh-place finish is quite an improvement over its 2002 ninth-place showing. The Bears' women's team fielded a young squad this season losing a few seniors from last year's eighth-place team.
'I was very proud of the kids, they did a great job,' said Cal's Director of Track and Field Chris Huffins. 'It was a very good meet and we'll continue our team goal to just keep working. I think we have a lot of people who will be hungry for next year and combine them with a great recruiting class and we'll be better.'
The UCLA women's squad won its eighth straight Pac-10 crown with 155 points and the USC men's team edged out Stanford with a total of 139 points. The Cardinal had back-to-back men's championship titles coming into this year's meet. Stanford took second place on both the men's (128) and women's side (140), and the Oregon men finished third (127), as did the Arizona State women (109).
Cal's 4x100m relay team of sophomore Shannan Hawes and freshmen Osarhiemen Omwanghe, Jacqueline Earls and Antonette Carter rewrote their own school record in the event with a time of 45.36. They finished the race in fifth place, good for adding four points to the Bears' total.
Junior Chloe Jarvis scored the most points for the Bears' women's team on Sunday, totaling eight after clocking a runner-up finish in the 800m (2:05.92). Her time was a personal best and the fifth fastest in Cal's history. Senior Lache Bailey also tallied points in that race, finishing fifth in a personal best time of 2:08.19.
Freshman Teak Wilburn was the Bears' men's squad highest scorer, earning eight points with a runner-up finish in the high jump (7-3.75). His leap was a season-best mark and is close to his personal best of 7-4. Wilburn now ranks fifth on Cal's all-time best performances high jump list. Sophomore David Glasgow finished third in the high jump with a personal best of 7-0.25, adding six points.
Other top performances on the women's side included senior April Holliverse's fifth-place finish and season best time in the 400m hurdles (59.78). Omwanghe and junior Stephanie Cowling finished in sixth (1:00.42) and eighth (1:02.47) in that race. Freshman Bridget Duffy continued to improve in the 1500m, placing eighth in a personal-best time of 4:26.59. In Sunday's field events, senior Leora Ward posted a season-best vault of 12-7.50 to finish in 11th place.
For the men's team, junior Tim Bogdanof contributed six points with a third-place showing in the 110m hurdles (13.97). Junior Bruce Giron earned four points with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump (50-5.50), as did Cal's 4x100m relay team (40.94). The Bears' 4x400m relay team turned in a season-best performance finishing seventh in 3:13.40.
The Pac-10 Championships conclude the conference season for Cal. The Bears are next in action at the NCAA Regional Qualifier, hosted by Stanford on May 30-31. The qualifier will determine the entries for this year's NCAA Track and Field Championships. Only the top five finishers in each event will make it to the collegiate national championships held in Sacramento, Calif. June 11-14.
2003 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships-Sunday, May 18
100m: 7. Ricci Dula, 10.57w, DNS Toby Atawo. 200m: DNS Toby Atawo. 110mH: 3. Tim Bogdanof, 13.97. 400mH: 8. Bruce Giron, 51.88. 4x100m Relay: 5. California, 40.94. 4x400m Relay: 7. California, 3:13.40. High Jump: 2. Teak Wilburn, 7-3.75, 3. David Glasgow, 7-0.25, 12. Jason Gatewood, 6-6.25. Triple Jump: 5. Bruce Giron, 50-5.50. Hammer: 6. Rhuben Williams, 197-11. Discus: 7. Tony Miranda, 180-6, 10. Joe Berro, 164-10, 11. Kurt Seefeld, 164-6.
200m: 6. Antonette Carter, 24.19. 800m: 2. Chloe Jarvis, 2:05.92, 5. Lache Bailey, 2:08.19. 1500m: 8. Bridget Duffy, 4:26.59. 100mH: 8. Osarhiemen Omwanghe, 13.75. 400mH: 5. April Holliverse, 59.78, 6. Osarhiemen Omwanghe, 1:00.42, 8. Stephanie Cowling, 1:02.47. 4x100m Relay: 5. California, 45.26. 4x400m Relay: 6. California, 3:44.08. Triple Jump: 10. Qadriyyah Abdullah, 37-3. Pole Vault: 11. Leora Ward, 12-7.50.
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