Cal Multi Meet Mid-Week
March 22, 2004
Date Wed.-Thurs., Mar. 24-25, 2004Place Edwards Stadium, BerkeleyTime All Day
Drawing on a history of great multi-event athletes, including head coach and Olympic decathlete Chris Huffins, Cal hosts the University of California Multi Meet this Wednesday and Thursday. The meet will feature junior Brooke Meredith, the third-place pentathlete at this year's NCAA Indoor Championships, junior Scott Sobieralski, who scored 5,280 points in the heptathlon at the MPSF Championships and ran Cal's best time in the 60 meter hurdles this indoor season (8.28), and volunteer assistant coach Phil McMullen (Nike), who seized third in the heptathlon at the USA Indoor Combined Events Championships earlier this month. All three are coached by Cal field events coach Ed Miller, a Cal Hall of Famer and former NCAA champion decathlete who coached Huffins, among other Olympians and Olympic hopefuls over the last two decades at Cal. The competition includes athletes from the U.S. Air Foce Academy, Stanford, Washington State, Utah State, University of Nevada, and Chico State, as well as other colleges. Wednesday's events begin at 9:30 am with the women's heptathlon 100 meter hurdles at Edwards Stadium. Thursday gets off to a speedy start with the men's decathlon 110 meter high hurdles at 9:30 am. Cal is keeping its spring break schedule full as select Golden Bears will compete at the Stanford Invitational this Friday and Saturday.
BAY AREA BLAST OFF REVIEW
Senior Deanna Slaton provided one of the highlights of the March 20 meet with her 59.42 win in the 400-meter hurdles, qualifying for NCAA Regionals in just the first official outdoor meet. She was followed by fellow senior Stephanie Cowling at 1:01.58, who in turn, qualified for the Pac-10 Championships.
Sophomore Osarhiemen Omwanghe blazed through the 100-meter hurdles in 13.67 seconds to qualify for NCAA Regionals.
Sophomore Qadriyyah Abdullah broke into Cal's all-time Top 10 in the triple jump at No. 8 with her personal best 38-04.25 (11.69m) mark. Sophomore Trinety White won the event with a 39-04.50 (12.00m) finish. Both qualified for the Pac-10 Championships.
Junior David Glasgow set a personal best with his 7-00.50 (2.15m) win in the high jump, earning a spot for himself at the Pac-10 Championships. Other jumpers who qualified for the conference championships were senior Bruce Giron with a win in the triple jump (50-06.00, 15.39m) and sophomore Antonette Carter with her 19-01.50 (5.83m) win in the long jump. Carter also qualified in the 200 meters (24.34), another top finish. Sophomore Christy Borak qualified for the conference championships in the 1500 meters at 4:38.54. In addition, several throwers qualified for the Pac-10 Championships: senior Sheni Russell in the discus 167-05 (51.03m), junior Jenna Johnson in the shot 49-05.75 (15.08m), seniors Amin Nikfar (60-08.00, 18.49m) and Rhuben Williams (59-08.50, 18.20m) in the shot, and on March 19 Williams (201-05, 61.39m) and freshman Alexandra Hunnings in the hammer (176-11, 53.92m).
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 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).
CAL IN THE 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.
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