No. 9 Women, No. 12 Men Enter Mt. SAC
April 13, 2004
Date Fri.-Sun. April 16-18, 2004Place Walnut, CATime All Day
'WHERE THE WORLD'S FINEST ATHLETES COMPETE'
Cal Track and Field made a huge leap in the rankings with the women rising to No. 9 and the men climbing to No. 12 in the Power Rankings on Thursday, April 15. The Golden Bear women were ranked No. 38 earlier this season and the men No. 15 in the country. These Top 10 squads head to the Mt. SAC Relays this weekend to test their mettle in one of the biggest meets of the season. Mt. San Antonio College will host over 15,000 high school, community college, university and open athletes in its 46th annual event. Featured entries of this year's meet include Marion Jones, Maurice Greene, and Tim Montgomery. The meet is rife with history as Florence Griffith Joyner, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Greene and Michael Johnson all set world records there. The website for the Mt. SAC Relays is: http://vm.mtsac.edu/relays/
LAST TIME AT MT. SAC
Teak Wilburn tied Cal's then-freshman record in the high jump at 7-03.25. (He would later set a new record at 7-03.75). Senior Leora Ward and then-freshman Danielle Navarre tied for third in the pole vault at 12-0 and then-junior Ricci Dula finished third in the 100 meter at 10.62. The 4x100 meter relay team of then-sophomore Shannan Hawes, and then-freshmen Monica Green, Jacqueline Earls and Antonette Carter placed fifth in 46.25.
The Brutus Hamilton Memorial Invitational featured several personal records by Golden Bears and revisions on the all-time Top 10 list. The meet showcased such teams as Washington State, Illinois, Idaho, BYU, and Stanford.
Cal sophomore Antonette Carter anchored the women's 4x100 meter relay team which set Cal's second-best time in history at 45.31 (sophomore Osarhiemen Omwanghe, sophomore transfer Tiffany Johnson, junior Shannan Hawes and Carter). Last year's 4x100 meter relay team (then-freshman Jacqueline Earls, Omwanghe, Hawes, Carter) holds the school record at 45.01. Carter set a personal record to win the 200 meter at 24.06. The women's 4x400 meter relay made an impressive showing as well with a season-best 3:43.06 (senior Stephanie Cowling, Omwanghe, Hawes, senior Deanna Slaton). Slaton won the 400 meter hurdles in 58.6.
Bears sophomore Teak Wilburn set a personal record in the high jump at 7-05.00 (2.26m). Wilburn's freshman record of 7-03.75 last year landed him fifth on the all-time Top 10. He moved up to third with his latest mark, a jump which is also the second-best collegiate jump in the country so far this year.
Cal sophomore All-American Bridget Duffy set two personal records, first in the 1500 meter at 4:22.55 and second in the Louise Romo 800 meter at 2:10.56, passing the No. 2 finisher in the last 20 meters of the race for a crowd-pleaser. The event was named for Cal's first female track & field national champion.
Freshman Darren Woods set a personal record in the 400 meter at 46.99. He led off on Cal's 4x400 meter relay team (D. Woods, senior Bruce Giron, freshman Craig Woods, senior Ahmad Wright)to finish second in 3:13.02 . He also ran the second leg of the 4x100 meter team (freshman Nick Mazur, junior Toby Atawo, D. Woods, senior Ricci Dula) that finished in 40.40 , a season-best that qualifies them for NCAA Regionals. Wright qualified for Pac-10 and NCAA Regionals in the 400m hurdles (51.19).
Sophomore Scott Sobieralski matched a personal record in the pole vault with a 15-09.00 (14.80m) mark. Senior Sheni Russell threw a season-best in the discus at 172-08 (52.64m), as did sophomore Kurt Seefeld in the men's event at 172-05 (52.55m). Senior Bruce Giron won the triple jump with a 49-02.50 (15.00m) mark.
Cal throws coach Jennifer Joyce broke her own Canadian national record in the hammer at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational with a 217-07 (66.33m) throw. Joyce set her former record of 214-00 (65.23m) as a senior at Cal two seasons ago. Bolota Asmerom won the inaugural 'Maxwell Mile,' named for alum and former coach Brian Maxwell who passed last month, at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational. He finished the mile in 4:01.63. Grace Upshaw won the long jump at the meet with a 20-11.75 (6.39m) mark. Both she and Asmerom are members of Team USA and the Nike team.
HEAD COACH Chris Huffins ON HIS TEAM:
'I am ecstatic with my kids' performances. We took a huge step forward with our performances in the relays and most of the individual events at the Brutus Hamilton. We are climbing the Pac-10 ladder to the upper echelon. There are things we have to do to accomplish that goal and we can do them. It's only April.'