No. 10 Women, No. 11 Men At Penn Relays
April 19, 2004
Date Sat. April 24, 2004Place Berkeley, CATime All Day
BEARS GUESTS AT ELITE PENN RELAYS
Last year was the first time that the Cal men's track and field athletes were represented at Penn Relays in ten years. This year, they will be joined by the women as the joint program (tentatively) travels its men's 4x100 meter relay team, women's 4x100 meter relay team and high jumpers sophomore Teak Wilburn and junior David Glasgow to the 110th annual University of Pennsylvania Relay Carnival. Wilburn boasts a 7-05.00 (2.26m - April 10) high jump this season, his best at Cal, good for fifth on the all-time Top 10. Wilburn also won the high jump at the nationally-recognized Texas Relays on April 3. Glasgow set a personal record in the high jump at 7-01.00 to win the event at the Cal-Nevada Championships, also on April 3. The men's 4x100 meter relay team, comprised of senior Nick Mazur, freshman Darren Woods, junior Toby Atawo, and senior Ricci Dula recorded its best time of the season April 10 at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational in 40.40, qualifying for NCAA Regionals. The women's 4x400 meter team, made up of sophomore Osarhiemen Omwanghe, junior Shannan Hawes, sophomore Tiffany Johnson, and sophomore Antonette Carter also ran its best time of the season at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, running the second-best time in Cal history at 45.31. Last year's 4x100 meter relay team (then-freshman Jacqueline Earls, Omwanghe, Hawes, Carter) holds the school record at 45.01. The high jump is scheduled for Friday and both relay finals for Saturday.
Cal will also travel four discus throwers (senior Sheni Russell, freshman Kelechi Anwanyu, senior Rhuben Williams, and sophomore Kurt Seefeld) to the Triton Invitational at UC San Diego this Saturday. Russell is currently ranked seventh in the country in the event.
OTHER BEARS STAY HOME TO PLAY HOST
The remainder of the Cal squad will host the Golden Bear Qualifier on Saturday, April 24. The one-day meet starts early with the women's hammer at 8:30 am. Running events, however, will get out of the blocks at noon for the women's and men's 4x100 meter relays and wrap up around 4:15 with the men's 4x400 meter relay. Further meet information and a detailed schedule are available on www.calbears.com.
SEEFELD NAMED PAC-10 MALE FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Sophomore Kurt Seefeld was named Pac-10 Male Field Athlete of the Week Monday by the conference office. He threw a season-best 174-05 (53.16m) in the discus at the Mt. SAC Relays over the weekend, notching another Pac-10 and NCAA Regional qualifying mark. As a freshman last season, Seefeld took 11th (164-06) in the discus at Pac-10 Championships. Seefeld, who hails from San Rafael, Calif., is a 2002 graduate of Marin Catholic High School.
The Golden Bear men and women are separated by a nose in the rankings with the women currently ranked No. 10 nationally and the men No. 11, as of Monday, April 19. Both have made progress over the course of the season with the men entering the rankings at No. 15 and the women at No. 38, on March 6.
At the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays last weekend, Cal held its own in both invitational and university/open competition. Sophomore Antonette Carter placed ninth in the invitational 100 meter dash with a season-best 11.70 while finishing seventh in the university/open 200 meter dash with a personal best 23.85, a time that places her fifth-fastest all-time at Cal.
Senior Sheni Russell also competed in invitational competition, seizing ninth with a personal record 177-09 (54.17m) mark in the women's discus. Senior Rhuben Williams took 14th in the men's shot put invitational with a 59-04.00 (18.08m) measurement. In the invitational triple jump, senior Bruce Giron grabbed eighth place with a 50-06.00 (15.39m) jump.
Cal's relay teams made solid gains as the women's 4x100 (Omwanghe, Hawes, Johnson, Carter) came in second at 45.47 and the men's 4x100 (Mazur, Woods, Atawo, Dula) controlled third place at 40.58.
Sophomore Osarhiemen Omwanghe won the university/open women's 100 meter hurdles in a season-best 13.64. Omwanghe, Cal's top 100 meter hurdler, had already qualified for the post-season.