Cal to NCAA Indoor Championships

March 9, 2004

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Date	Fri.-Sat., Mar. 12-13, 2004Place	Fayetteville, A.K.Time	All Day

The Golden Bears travel junior pentathlete Brooke Meredith and sophomore high jumper Teak Wilburn to the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend at Randall Tyson Indoor Track at the University of Arkansas. For ticket information, please call (800) 982-4647.Meredith enters as the third seed in the women's pentathlon with a mark of 4,088 points, set at the MPSF Indoor Championships on Feb. 26. Wilburn competes in the men's high jump as the 10th seed with his mark of 7-02.5 (2.20m) set on Jan. 31 at the Cougar Invitational. Wilburn was the Bears' highest finisher at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships, tying for 12th in the high jump at 7-01.75. Seniors Rhuben Williams and Bruce Giron were each ranked No. 16 in the shot put and the triple jump, respectively, but only 14 athletes were taken in those events.

The Golden Bear men are ranked No. 14 in the latest national rankings, released March 7. Men's track & field has not been in the Top 20 since 1993, when head coach Chris Huffins was an athlete here. The Golden Bear women are ranked No. 40 in the country.

Junior Brooke Meredith is the Bears' lone automatic qualifier, earning her way in dramatic fashion as she set a new school and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) record in the pentathlon with 4,088 points. Seniors Rhuben Williams (weight throw, shot put), Amin Nikfar (shot put), Bruce Giron (triple jump) and Chloe Jarvis (800m), sophomore Teak Wilburn (high jump), redshirt freshman Giliat Ghebray (3,000m) and freshman Kira Costa (pole vault) all posted provisional qualifying marks this indoor season.

At the Husky Last Chance Meet, on Saturday March 6, several Golden Bears made provisional NCAA qualifying marks. Redshirt freshman Giliat Ghebray qualified provisionally with an 8:07.27 time in the 3,000m. Several other athletes who had already qualified provisionally improved their marks, inlcuding senior Amin Nikfar seized first place in the shot put with a provisional mark of 60-05.25 (18.42m), his season-best, while fellow senior Rhuben Williams followed close behind with a provisional mark of 58-10.25 (17.94m). Senior Chloe Jarvis took second in the 800m with a provisional time of 2:08.38, her season-best. Fans took advantage of a beautiful Sunday last weekend to attend the Blue vs. Gold intrasquad meet, watching the Golden Bears put on a good show in Edwards Stadium. At the MPSF Indoor Championships, the Golden Bear men took second place and the women claimed sixth on Feb. 28. It was Cal's best finish since head coach Chris Huffins was a Cal senior in 1993. The men (108 points) beat third-place Stanford and finished second only to powerhouse UCLA. The women (53 points) featured two individual event winners. Junior Brooke Meredith set a school record when she won the pentathlon with 4,088 points, a mark that also ranks her tops in the nation currently. Jarvis also came home with a title, winning the 800m in 2:08.57, an NCAA provisonal qualifying time. On the men's side, sophomore Teak Wilburn won the high jump crown with a 6-11.75 jump.

Current volunteer assistant Phil McMullen placed third (5,898 points) and former NCAA decathlon champion and Cal All-American Bevan Hart placed 12th (5,391 points) in the heptathlon at the USA Indoor Combined Events Championships March 7.Cal alumni Grace Upshaw, Kristin Heaston, and Bolota Asmerom represented Team USA last weekend, March 5-7, at the World Indoor Championships, although none made the finals.Upshaw's sister, Cal track & field alumni and community relations director Joy Upshaw Margerum, will compete at the Masters World Indoor track meet, March 10-14. Upshaw Margerum will compete in the indoor pentathlon, open 60m hurdles, long jump, and 4x200m relay.

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