Cal Hosts Bay Area Blast Off

March 16, 2004

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Date	Fri.-Sat., Mar. 19-20, 2004Place	Edwards Stadium, BerkeleyTime	All Day

MISSION CONTROL
The Golden Bears open the official outdoor season at home with the Bay Area Blast Off at Goldman Field in Edwards Stadium. Friday features the men's and women's hammer at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. The other field events and all running events will take place on Saturday, with field events starting at 9:30 a.m. and running events starting at 12 noon. Entry information on the open meet is available on www.calbears.com. In addition to Cal, competing teams include Stanford, Nevada, and club teams, including members of Team USA.

CAL MAKES TOP 20
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.

RECORD-BREAKING NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Junior Brooke Meredith broke her own school record in the indoor pentathlon, finishing third at the NCAA Indoor Championships, with 4,189 points. Meredith set her old record of 4,088 points just weeks ago with her win in the MPSF Championships. Sophomore Teak Wilburn finished ninth in the high jump with a mark of 7-01.50 (2.17m). Wilburn was the Bears' highest finisher at last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships, tying for 12th in the high jump, at 7-01.75 (2.18 m).

REVIEW OF THE INDOOR SEASON
Junior Brooke Meredith was the Bears' lone automatic qualifier of the indoor season, setting herself up for her No. 3 finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. She earned her way to Fayetteville in dramatic fashion as she set a new school and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) record in the pentathlon with 4,088 points at the MPSF Championships. 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. Williams and Giron nearly made the NCAAs, each ranked No. 16 nationally in the shot put and triple jump, respectively. 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, including senior Amin Nikfar who 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. 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. Meredith won the aforementioned pentathlon and Jarvis also came home with a title, winning the 800m in 2:08.57, an NCAA provisonal qualifying time. On the men's side, Wilburn won the high jump crown with a 6-11.75 jump (2.13m).

UPSHAW MARGERUM PLACES SECOND AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
While current Golden Bears were at the NCAA Indoor Championships, Cal track & field alumni and community relations director Joy Upshaw Margerum, competed at the Masters World Indoor Championships in Sindelfingen, Germany. Upshaw Margerum finished second in the long jump among the world's 40-44 year-old masters. At 17-6.5 (5.34m), she was just a centimeter out of first place, won by German Kirsten Kallmeier-Schroder (5.35m). Upshaw Margerum won her heat in the 60m hurdles (9.08) and came in fourth in the finals (9.28). In the pentathlon, she came in sixth with 3,502 points. She and the rest of the United States 4x200m relay team finished fourth (2:05.43) to hometown favorite Germany, in the event which concluded March 14. Upshaw Margerum is the sister of Cal track & field alum Grace Upshaw and the daughter of Monte Upshaw.

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