Track and Field Banquet Award Winners
May 23, 2003
The following University of California student-athletes earned various awards at the 2003 Track and Field Banquet, hosted at the Haas Club Room Thursday evening.
Juniors Tim Bogdanof and Chloe Jarvis were named the Most Outstanding Track athletes, while sophomore Rhuben Williams and redshirt freshman Elzunia Lamb were named the squad's Most Outstanding Field Athletes.
Bogdanof was Cal's top 110-meter hurdler and turned in a third-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships. At the championships he clocked a personal-best 13.76, which is the third-fastest time in Cal's history. Jarvis shaved two seconds off her personal best in the 800m to notch a runner-up place (2:05.92) at the Pac-10 Championships. That time was good for fifth-place on the Golden Bears' all-time best lists.
Williams leads the Bears this season in the shot put and hammer throw events. This season, Williams set a personal best in the hammer at 202-7, which ranks fifth on Cal's all-time best list. Lamb was Cal's top long-jumper, and won that event at the Pac-10 Multi Championships. Her season-best of 19-9 led the squad and she finished in sixth-place in the heptathlon to score three points at the Pac-10 Multis.
Freshman high jumper Teak Wilburn and Lamb, a long-jumper/heptathlete, won the Walter Christie Award-given to the athlete with the best performance of the season. Wilburn finished second at the Pac-10 Championships in the high jump with a season-best mark of 7-3.75, setting a new Cal freshman record in the event. That mark is also the fifth-best in Cal's history.
Three Bears excelled both on the track and in the classroom as sophomore decathlete Greg Ross, senior sprinter Nick Mazur and junior hurdler Stephanie Cowling won the Brutus Hamilton Award, given for academic achievement. The Al Regan Award, given to the most improved athlete throughout the season went to junior thrower Amin Nikfar and Jarvis. Nikfar was a solid thrower for Cal this season and recently etched his name onto Cal's all-time best list with the sixth-best shot (60-3.25) in Cal's history.
Cal's track and field teams have the weekend off from competition to get ready for the 2003 NCAA West Regional Qualifier, Friday-Saturday, May 30-31 at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field.