Golden Bears Off to NCAA Championships

June 9, 2003


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Several members of the University of California's track and field teams are in action this week at the 2003 NCAA Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif. The meet, hosted by Sacramento State, is Wednesday through Saturday (June 11-14). Qualifying rounds and semifinals take place Wednesday and Thursday and the finals begin on Friday.

The Golden Bears will send 12 athletes-one senior, two juniors, four sophomores and five freshman to the elite collegiate meet. The participants include senior Tim Bogdanof, juniors Amin Nikfar and Chloe Jarvis, sophomores David Glasgow, Girmay Guangul, Rhuben Williams and Shannan Hawes and freshmen Teak Wilburn, Antonette Carter, Jacqueline Earls, Elzunia Lamb and Osarhiemen Omwanghe.

HEAD COACH Chris Huffins
Chris Huffins, former NCAA decathlon champion at the University of California and assistant track & field coach at Georgia Tech, was named Cal's new director of track and field and cross country on October 16, 2002. Huffins, a two-time U.S. Olympic decathlete who won the bronze medal at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia, becomes the seventh head track and field coach in California history. He replaces Erv Hunt, who assumed a new executive administrative role in the Golden Bears' athletic department after directing Cal's track and field program for 30 years.

Three school records fell and numerous personal records were set as the Bears gave inspired performances at the NCAA West Regional at Stanford, May 30-31. The women's 4x100-meter relay team of freshmen Antonette Carter, Jacqueline Earls and Osarhiemen Omwanghe and sophomore Shannan Hawes rewrote their school record with a time of 45.01 in the prelims. That marked the third time this season that the squad has destroyed the original former record time of 45.61 set in 1991. Senior Joe Berro was Cal's second school record-breaker, posting the Bears' new best mark in the javelin with a toss of 224-1. That mark was four feet further than his previous personal best, and replaced Ilpo Poutianen's former school record of 222-0 set in 1986. Carter broke another school record at the meet with her fifth-place finish in the 100m (11.61). Her time beats Kelia Bolton's former school record of 11.64 set 24 years ago. High jumpers freshman Teak Wilburn and sophomore David Glasgow were the first Cal athletes to qualify for the NCAA Championships by finishing in second (7-1) and fourth (6-11.75) place, respectively. Other impressive performances included senior Tim Bogdanof's prelim win in the 110m hurdles. Bogdanof blew away a field that included the Pac-10 110m hurdles champion Ryan Wilson (USC), with a personal record time of 13.51. That time is the second fastest in Cal's history. In the women's 800m, junior Chloe Jarvis continued to outdo herself clocking a new PR (2:05.57) in her third-place finish. In the men's shot put, junior Amin Nikfar threw a lifetime best of 61-7.75, which ranks fifth on Cal's all-time Top 10 list. In an unfortunate circumstance, his last throw knocked teammate Rhuben Williams to sixth place and out of the automatic qualfiers. Williams, along with long jumper Elzunia Lamb, were invited to the NCAA Championships as wildcard selections.

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 Track and Field Championships can be found at Check the Cal website for complete recaps and results from the national 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 the NCAA West Regional:
'As a program overall we did very, very well. There is a huge difference between the way Cal track and field used to be and where it is going. That is really just a statement of purpose because Cal track and field is here and we're here to stay.'

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 45.01 at the NCAA West Regional. 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 twice this season when they finished fifth at the Pac-10 Championships (45.36) and second at the Big Meet (45.57), shattering the former school record of 45.61 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 seventh place on the national list. Wilburn is ranked fourth in the high jump in Trackwire's June 5 Dandy Dozen List.

* Girmay Guangul BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD IN 10,000m
Sophomore Girmay Guangul broke Cal's 10,000m record in an NCAA 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.

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