Bears Break Two School Records at NCAA West Regional

May 31, 2003

STANFORD, Calif.--Two school records fell and numerous personal bests were set Saturday as the University of California track and field teams qualified nine athletes for the 2003 NCAA Track and Field Championships. Cal's track and field teams competed at the NCAA West Regional Championships hosted by Stanford at Cobb Track and Angell Field. Last season, the Golden Bears sent six competitors to the national meet.

The regional championships determined which athletes will compete at the NCAA Championships, held June 11-14 in Sacramento, Calif. In today's events, the top five finishers-top three finishers in the relays-automatically advanced to the NCAA Championships.

Senior Joe Berro was the first Bear to break a school record, setting Cal's new best mark in the javelin throw with a toss of 224-1. That mark was four feet further than his previous personal best, and replaced llpo Poutianen's former school record of 222-0 set in 1986. Unfortunately, Berro's toss ranked sixth in the field and he just missed the cut for nationals.

Freshman Antonette Carter was the second Bear to break a school record, qualifying for the NCAA Championships with a fifth-place finish in the 100m at 11.61. Her time beats Kelia Bolton's former school record of 11.64 set 24 years ago in 1979.

'As a program overall we had a really, really good day,' said Cal track and field director Chris Huffins. 'There is a huge difference between the way Cal track used to be and where it is going. That is really just a statement of purpose because Cal track is here and we're here to stay.'

Cal's 4x100-meter relay team of freshmen Jacqueline Earls, Osarhiemen Omwanghe and Carter and sophomore Shannan Hawes took third in the finals (45.34) to qualify for the national championships. The men's 4x100m relay of senior Nick Mazur, sophomore Toby Atawo, freshman Chris Boykin and sophomore Ricci Dula just missed the third-place cut, finishing fourth in 40.49.

Coming off of his best 110-meter hurdles race to date when he set a lifetime best of 13.51 in yesterday's prelims, senior Tim Bogdanof impressed the crowd once again running a tight neck-in-neck race with Pac-10 champion USC's Ryan Wilson. Bogdanof finished second in today's race (13.66) to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Junior Chloe Jarvis finished third in the 800m, clocking a personal record time of 2:05.57. Jarvis has continually improved in the 800m this season and that time ties for the fourth fastest in Cal's history. Jarvis will be making her first appearance at the NCAA Championships.

'I never thought I'd make it to nationals, but to make it when it's at my hometown...I'm totally excited,' said Jarvis. 'I'm just very fortunate to have had a coaching staff that supported me so well this season.'

The men's shot put event was quite competitive between the Bears' own throwers, sophomore Rhuben Williams and junior Amin Nikfar. Nikfar threw a lifetime best of 61-7.75, which ranks fifth on Cal's all-time best list. In an unfortunate circumstance, his last throw knocked Williams to sixth place and out of the automatic qualifiers. Williams finished with a throw of 59-11. Ranked 12th nationally coming into the regional, Williams might still be able to qualify for the NCAA Championships by virtue of six wild card selection spots.

Nikfar, who just a year ago owned a personal best of 54-11.5, was ecstatic about his throw.

'My throws up to that last one had been absolutely horrible,' said Nikfar. 'I started off with two fouls and I really have to chalk it up to Arizona's two throwers. Once they started throwing in the 60 (foot) range, their energy really got me going.'

In the 3000m steeplechase, sophomore Abby Parker finished first in heat one of the event with a personal record time of 10:40.37. That time is over 10 seconds faster than her previous PR of 10:50.42. She ranks second on Cal's all-time best list. In the overall 3000m steeplechase results, Parker finished 13th and was unable to qualify for the national championships.

In Friday's events, Cal qualified two athletes-both high jumpers-in freshman Teak Wilburn and sophomore David Glasgow. Wilburn placed second with a mark of 7-1, while Glasgow placed fourth with a leap of 6-11.25. Also on Friday, the women's 4x100m relay team rewrote its own school record with a new best time of 45.01.

For complete results from the NCAA West Regional visit The Bears' season concludes at the 2003 NCAA Track and Field Championships, June 11-14, in Sacramento, Calif. Sacramento State hosts the national meet, which returns to Northern California for the first time since Cal hosted the elite collegiate championship meet at Edwards Stadium in 1968. Check for upcoming NCAA Championships information.

NCAA Track and Field West Regional-Saturday, May 31 Results
Cal Finishers

100m: 7. Ricci Dula, 10.66w. 3000mSC: 23. Kevin Davis, 9:21.49; 26. Martin Conrad, 9:28.60. 110mH: 2. Tim Bogdanof, 13.66. 4x100m: 4. California (Mazur, Atawo, Boykin, Dula), 40.49. Triple Jump: 8. Bruce Giron, 50-6.75. Javelin: 6. Joe Berro, 224-1. Shot Put: 4. Amin Nikfar, 61-7.75; 6. Rhuben Williams, 59-11.

100m: 5. Antonette Carter, 11.61. 800m: 3. Chloe Jarvis, 2:05.57; 7. Lache Bailey, 2:09.53. 1500m: 9. Bridget Duffy, 4:31.59. 3000mSC: 13. Abby Parker, 10:40.37. 4x100m: 3. California (Earls, Omwanghe, Hawes, Carter), 45.34. 4x400m: 9. California (Cowling, Jarvis, Omwanghe, Slaton), 3:41.82.

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