Golden Bears Off to NCAA West Regional

May 27, 2003

The University of California's track and field teams head across the bay this week to compete at the 2003 NCAA West Regional. Stanford hosts the event Friday-Saturday, May 30-31 at Cobb Track and Angell Stadium. Friday's events start with the men's hammer at 12 p.m. and conclude with the men's 5000-meter final at 8:50 p.m. Most track events Friday are preliminaries. Saturday's events start with the women's hammer at 10 a.m., and the final gun of the day is the men's 1600m relay at 6:20 p.m.

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 (West, Midwest, Mideast, East).

The Golden Bears' track and field squads made great strides at the Pac-10 Championships in their first season under head coach Chris Huffins. The men's team finished seventh with a respectable 54 points, improving over last season's ninth place, 22 points finish. The women finished ninth (40 points), but notched several solid performances.

Men-Freshman Teak Wilburn was Cal's highest men's 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Junior Tim Bogdanof also contributed six points with a third-place showing in the 110m hurdles (13.97). His time was the third-fastest in Cal's history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 peformance finishing seventh in 3:13.40.

Women-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Junior Chloe Jarvis scored the most points for the Bears' women's team, totalling 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Senor Lache Bailey also tallied points in the 800m, placing fifth in a personal-best time of 2:08.19Freshman Bridget Duffy continued to improve in the 1500m, placing eighth in a personal-best time of 4:26.49Senior April Holliverse turned in a season-best performance in the 400m hurdles (59.78).

Pac-10 Multi-Events Championship
Freshman Elzunia Lamb finished sixth and earned Cal three points at the Pac-10 Multi-Events Championship. The decathlon-heptathlon meet was hosted by USC. Lamb won the long jump with a season-best leap of 19-9. Her heptathlon point total of 4688 is good for 10th-best on Cal's all-time Top 10 performances list. Her three points were added to Cal's team total at the Pac-10 Track and Field Championships. Junior Jason Gatewood also competed at the conference multi meet, finishing 10th with a point total of 6046. Gatewood was victorious in the high jump event with a mark of 6-8.25.

A schedule for the 2003 NCAA West Regional can be found at Check the Cal website on Friday and Saturday evening for complete recaps and results from the regional meet.

At last year's NCAA Track and Field Championships, Cal sent only six competitors to the national meet. Jennifer Joyce, Erin Belger and Bubba McLean earned All-America status. Joyce became a two-time All-American after finishing seventh in the hammer throw with a toss of 201-10. In her first trip to the national championships, Belger took third in the 800m (2:05.09). McLean was named an All-American with an eighth-place finish in the pole vault (17-4.5). Cal's other athletes who qualified for the championship meet included Missy Vanek, Marielle Schlueter and Sheni Russell.


Comments from Cal track and field director Chris Huffins on this weekend's Pac-10 Championships:
'I was very proud of the kids, they did a great job. 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.'

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 2:31.36 meets the automatic standard to qualify for the 2004 Olympics.

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.

The Golden Bears' women's 4x100m relay team rewrote their own school record in the event with a time of 45.36 at the Pac-10 Championships. Cal's squad of three freshmen and one sophomore-frosh Jacqueline Earls, Osarhiemen Omwanghe and Antonette Carter, and sophomore Shannan Hawes had previously broken the record earlier this season when they finished second at the Big Meet in 45.57, shattering the former school record of 45.61, also set at the 1991 Big Meet.

Osarhiemen Omwanghe broke Cal's 100m hurdles freshman record, a mark that had stood for the past three years, at the 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.

Freshman Teak Wilburn set the new Cal freshman record in the high jump when he leaped 7-3.75 for a second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships. Wilburn had earlier tied the Bears' freshman high jump mark (7-3.25) this season at the Mt. SAC Relays Apr. 19. His new mark moves him into fifth place on Cal's all-time best performances list. That mark also puts him at sixth place on the national list. Wilburn is ranked fourth in the high jump in Trackwire's May 20 Dandy Dozen List.

* 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.

Several Golden Bears are ranked on Trackwire's May 20 Dandy Dozen List. Freshman Teak Wilburn is fourth among the men's high jumpers, while junior Chloe Jarvis is ninth among the women's 800m runners. Sophomore Rhuben Williams is 12th on the men's shot put chart. 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.

How well the Golden Bears perform at this weekend's NCAA West Regional will determine which Cal athletes will compete at the 2003 NCAA Track and Field Championships. Sacramento State hosts the national championships Wednesday-Saturday, June 11-14 in Sacramento, Calif.


Joe Berro, from Mill Valley, has become one of Cal's greatest throwers. A former walk-on, Berro is a two-time Pac-10 Championships qualifier. He particularly enjoys competing at the Big Meet, winning the javelin event the past two years. At last year's Big Meet, Berro captured the event with a toss of 220-2, the second best throw in Cal's history. This season, he again leads the Bears in the javelin and ranks third among all Pac-10 javelin throwers. He is an American studies major.

Martin Conrad, from Long Beach, has been a team leader in the distance events as a Golden Bear. Conrad, a three-time Pac-10 Championships participant, has also recorded both NCAA regional and Pac-10 qualifying times this season. At last year's conference championships, he garnered two Top 20 finishes in the 3000 meter steeplechase and 5000 meter events and set the seventh-fastest 3000 meter steeplechase time in Cal history. Conrad, a two-time first team Pac-10 All-Academic selection, is majoring in political science.

Aaron Ellis, from Pomona, has been a solid competitor for Cal in the 400 meter hurdles during his career. Unable to compete last spring, Ellis has shined this season as one of Cal's top hurdlers. Before last season, Ellis won the 400 meter hurdles two years in a row at the Big Meet. Ellis is an English major.

Herman Gill, from Turlock, is one of the Bears' top high jumpers. Gill transferred to Cal last year and set the team's third-best mark that season. This year, he set a new personal record in the high jump that meets both NCAA Regional and Pac-10 qualifying standards. Gill is a computer science major.

Craig Lee, from Pleasant Hill, has continually improved for the Bears in the 1500 meter and 3000 meter steeplechase events. During the cross country season, he competed at the NCAA West Regional and was a Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection. Lee is majoring in integrative biology.

Scott Norby-Cedillo, from San Diego, is a hard-working athlete who has made solid contributions to the Golden Bears' squad. Throughout his career, he has developed into a fine 400 meter runner, and his improvement stands as a direct correlation to his strong work ethic.

Lache Bailey, from El Cerrito, is finishing her first competitive season as a Golden Bear. A transfer from San Francisco State, Bailey has made great strides in her short time at Berkeley. Bailey has left her mark at Cal, inking her name onto the Bears' all-time best performances list in the 800 meters. She is an African-American studies major.

Brooke Baires-Irvin, from Union City, has been a very competitive athlete for Cal in the 400 meter hurdles. Last season, she posted a personal record in the 400 meter hurdles at the Woody Wilson Invitational. She is a political science major and will attend law school next year.

DeCola Groce, from San Diego, is one of Cal's team captains and top sprinters. A two-time Pac-10 Championships qualifier, Groce raced on the fourth-fastest 4x100 meter relay team in Cal's history as a freshman. Last year, she set Cal's fastest time of the season in the 100 meter dash. Groce was a Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection as a sophomore and is an African-American social sciences and legal studies major.

April Holliverse, from Los Angeles, has served as one of Cal's top 100 meter hurdlers during her career. A two-time Pac-10 Championships qualifier, she currently leads the Bears in the event and posted NCAA Regional and Pac-10 qualifying times in both the 100 and 400 meter hurdles. She has etched her name into the Cal record books, posting the second fastest and sixth fastest times in the 100 and 400 meter hurdles, respectively.

Shalonda Reynolds, from Hercules, has been a solid contributor for Cal in the hurdles and 400 meter events. She has shown continual improvement in the 400 meter hurdles this season, and is close to besting her personal record in the event. Reynolds is a sociology major.

Leora Ward, from Rancho Palos Verdes, is Cal's top pole vaulter. One of five team captains, Ward is a two-time Pac-10 Championships qualifier. Last year, she led the Bears after setting the second-best vault in Cal's history. She leads the Bears again this season with an NCAA Regional and conference qualifying mark. A Pac-10 All-Academic selection as a sophomore, Ward is a political science major.

This season, 19 different Bears have etched their names onto Cal's all-time Top 10 performers list. In the men's running events, sophomores Girmay Guangul and Carlos Carballo rank first and seventh, respectively in the 10,000m run (29:17.78, 19:53.60), while junior Tim Bogdanof ranks third on the 110m hurdles list (13.76). In the field events, freshman Teak Wilburn is fifth-best all-time in the high jump (7-3.75), while junior Amin Nikfar is sixth in the shot put (60-3.25) and sophomore Rhuben Williams ranks fifth in the hammer throw (202-7). The women's team has marked up the all-time best lists in 12 categories. Freshman Antonette Carter ran the Bears' third-fastest time in the 100m (11.74) and seventh-fastest time in the 200m (24.19). Junior Chloe Jarvis posted the fifth-fastest time in the 800m (2:05.92), while sophomore Abby Parker ran the Bears' second-fastest time in the 3000m steeplechase (10:50.42). Freshmen Osarhiemen Omwanghe and Mary Meyman clocked Cal's second and 10th-fastest times, respectively in the 100m hurdles (13.60, 14.17). Junior Deanna Slaton ranks fourth on the 400m hurdles list (58.93), and both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay squads ran the first and second-fastest times in those respective events (45.36, 3:38.38). Sophomore Danielle Navarre posted Cal's third-best mark in the pole vault (12-5.50) and sophomore Tamrya d'Artenay set new marks in the shot put (8th, 45-11.75) and hammer (6th, 167-7). Junior Jenna Johnson also climbed onto the hammer list at ninth-place (147-6) and freshman Elzunia Lamb nudged herself onto the heptathlon list, earning the 10th-highest point total (4688) in Cal's history.

The following Golden Bears have met NCAA Regional Qualifying standards and will compete at the NCAA West Regional hosted by Stanford May 30-31. Note that nine of the athletes are freshmen.

Name Event Best Mark

Antonette Carter 100m 11.74
Lache Bailey 800m 2:08.19
Stephanie Cowling 400mH 1:00.75
Tamrya d'Artenay Shot Put 45-11.75
Bridget Duffy 1500m 4:26.59
Jacqueline Earls 100m 11.93w
Shannan Hawes 100m 11.80w
Chloe Jarvis 800m 2:05.92
Jenna Johnson Shot Put 49-5.50
Elzunia Lamb Long Jump 19-9
Danielle Navarre Pole Vault 12-5.5
Osarhiemen Omwanghe 100mH 13.60
Abby Parker 3000mSC 10:50.42
Deanna Slaton 400mH 58.93
Leora Ward Pole Vault 12-7.5
4X100m Relay(Earls, Omwanghe, Hawes, Carter) 45.36
4x400m Relay(Cowling, Jarvis, Omwanghe, Slaton) 3:38.38

Joe Berro Javelin 217-9
Tim Bogdanof 110mH 13.76
Martin Conrad 3000mSC 9:10.75
Ricci Dula 100m 10.42w
Kevin Davis 3000mSC 9:06.16
Herman Gill High Jump 6-9.50
Bruce Giron Triple Jump 51-0.25
400mH 51.88
David Glasgow High Jump 7-0.25
Tony Miranda Discus 183-10
Amin Nikfar Shot Put 60-3.25
Kurt Seefeld Discus 178-10
Teak Wilburn High Jump 7-3.75
Rhuben Williams Hammer 202-7
Shot Put 61-8.25
4x100m Relay(Mazur, Atawo, Boykin, Dula) 40.08


Friday, May 30

Field Events
12 p.m. Men's Hammer Final
12:05 p.m. Women's Javelin Final
3:00 p.m. Women's Pole Vault Final
5:30 p.m. Women's Shot Put Final
5:35 p.m. Men's Long Jump Final
5:40 p.m. Women's Long Jump Final
5:50 p.m. Men's High Jump Final
5:55 p.m. Men's Discus Final

Track Events
4 p.m. Women's 400m Relay Prelim
4:15 p.m. Men's 400m Relay Prelim
4:30 p.m. Women's 1500m Prelim
4:50 p.m. Men's 1500m Prelim
5:15 p.m. Women's 100m Hurdles Prelim
5:40 p.m. Men's 110m Hurdles Prelim
6:00 p.m. Women's 400m Prelim
6:15 p.m. Men's 400m Prelim
6:30 p.m. Women's 100m Prelim
6:45 p.m. Men's 100m Prelim
7:00 p.m. Women's 800m Prelim
7:15 p.m. Men's 800m Prelim
7:30 p.m. Women's 400m Hurdles Prelim
7:45 p.m. Men's 400m Hurdles Prelim
8:00 p.m. Women's 200m Prelim
8:15 p.m. Men's 200m Prelim
8:30 p.m. Women's 5000m Final
8:50 p.m. Men's 5000m Final

Saturday, May 31

Field Events
10 a.m. Women's Hammer Final
10:05 a.m. Men's Javelin Final
12:00 p.m. Men's Pole Vault Final
2:15 p.m. Men's Shot Put Final
2:20 p.m. Men's Triple Jump Final
2:25 p.m. Women's Triple Jump Final
2:30 p.m. Women's High Jump Final
2:35 p.m. Women's Discus Final

Track Events
2:45 p.m. Women's 400m Relay Final
2:52 p.m. Men's 400m Relay Final
3:00 p.m. Women's 1500m Final
3:07 p.m. Men's 1500m Final
3:15 p.m. Women's 100m Hurdles Final
3:25 p.m. Men's 110m Hurdles Final
3:35 p.m. Women's 400m Final
3:42 p.m. Men's 400m Final
3:50 p.m. Women's 100m Final
3:57 p.m. Men's 100m Final
4:05 p.m. Women's 800m Final
4:12 p.m. Men's 800m Final
4:25 p.m. Women's 400m Hurdles Final
4:35 p.m. Men's 400m Hurdles Final
4:45 p.m. Women's 200m Final
4:52 p.m. Men's 200m Final
5:05 p.m. Women's 3000m Steeplechase Final
5:35 p.m. Men's 3000m Steeplechase Final
6:05 p.m. Women's 1600m Relay Final
6:20 p.m. Men's 1600m Relay Final

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