Cal Faces Challenge of Atlas & Athena, Pac-10 Multis

May 4, 2004

Date	Thu. May 6- Fri. May 7, 2004Place	Berkeley, CATime	All Day

California track and field hosts the second annual Challenge of Atlas and Athena, a two-day heptathlon and decathlon competition on Thursday and Friday. The multi-event competition is the brainchild of head coach Chris Huffins, a former NCAA decathlon champion and Olympic bronze medalist. The meet will feature open athletes, including Cal alum and Olympic hopeful Missy Vanek. A time schedule for the Challenge of Atlas and Athena will be available on, later this week.

Indoor All-American heptathlete Brooke Meredith and decathlete Scott Sobieralski will represent Cal at the Pac-10 Multi Championships in Tucson, Ariz. on Friday and Saturday.

Meredith, a junior, is currently ranked third in the nation and tops in the Pac-10. She set a school record of 4,088 points in the indoor pentathlon to win the event at MPSF Championships, Feb. 27-28. She went on to break her own record at NCAA Indoor Championships, March 12-13 where she finished third with 4,189 points. At this year's University of California Multi Meet, March 24-25, Meredith qualified for NCAA and Pac-10 Championships in her first heptathlon of the season with 5,511 points. That point total also moved her up to fourth all-time at Cal. Her event marks included a 143-00 (43.59m) in the javelin, breaking Missy Vanek's 'new' javelin record of 142-5. Meredith has since bettered her own school record with a javelin throw of 148-00 (45.11m). Meredith's other season-bests include 25.70 second 200-meter dash, a 2:22.39 800-meter run, a 14.53 time in the 100-meter hurdles, Cal's best high jump of the season at 5-07.25 (1.71m), a tie for Cal's best long jump of the season at 19-04.75 (5.91m), and a shot put of 42-01.00 (12.83m).

Sobieralski, a sophomore, won the decathlon at the UC Multi Meet with 7,086 points. His first decathlon for Cal was particularly impressive given that he was coming off a two-year hiatus during which he endured four surgeries on both his knees and shoulders. Sobieralski's season-bests include Cal's best 110m hurdles of the season at 14.40, an 11.39-second 100-meter dash, a 51.91 second 400-meter dash, a 4:52.50 time in the 1500 meter, a 15-09 (4.80m) mark in the pole vault, a 6-06.00 (1.98m) high jump, a 22-00.75 (6.72m) long jump, a 41-04.25 (12.60m) shot put, a 116-10 (35.62m) discus, and a 168-02 (51.25m) javelin throw. He is ranked 26th in the nation.

At last year's Pac-10 Multi Championships, freshman Elzunia Lamb finished sixth in the heptathlon with 4,688 points, including winning the long jump portion of the competition. Lamb is currently training in Poland for the Olympics. Junior Jason Gatewood competed in the decathlon for Cal, finshing tenth with 6,046 points.

Some Cal athletes will also compete at the Modesto Relays this weekend, while others will take the weekend off to rest before Pac-10 Championships, May 14-15. For those who have not qualified yet, the Modesto Relays provide the final opportunity to attain a qualifying mark. The men's and women's hammer and discus occur on Friday while the remainder of the field events and all running events take place on Saturday. For more information on the Modesto Relays, visit

The California men snapped a three-year losing streak today to beat Stanford 96-66 at the 110th annual Big Meet last weekend. While the Golden Bear women fell to the Cardinal 108-55, they set four new school records in the women's 4x100 meter relay, the 100 meter dash, the 100 meter hurdles, and the javelin.

The women's 4x100 meter relay team (sophomore Osarhiemen Omwanghe, sophomore Tiffany Johnson, junior Shannan Hawes, and sophomore Antonette Carter) set a new school record at 44.38. The foursome broke the previous school record of 45.01 set last year by Omwanghe, then-freshman Jacqueline Earls, Hawes, and Carter. The squad lost by just a hundredth of a second as Carter almost overtook Stanford's anchor.

Carter had a phenomenal day, breaking the school record in the 100 meter dash at 11.53 seconds to surpass her own previous record of 11.61 set as a freshman last season. She won the 200 meter dash in a personal best 23.59, just 0.09 seconds off the school record to move up to No. 3 all-time from No. 5. In addition, the sophomore came in second in the long jump at 19-01.25 and aided the women's 4x400 meter relay team, finishing the third leg during an exhaustive afternoon.

Omwanghe set a new school record in the 100 meter hurdles at 13.43, breaking Laurie Smith's record of 13.58 set in 1992. As a freshman at last year's Big Meet, Omwanghe set a freshman record in the event.

Cal junior Brooke Meredith broke her own school record in the 'new' javelin of 143-00 (43.59m) with a mark of 148-00 (45.11m) to finish second in the event.

On the men's side, senior Vincent Ibia, sophomore Brandon Williams, and senior Bruce Giron swept the long jump with a 1-2-3 finish. Ibia qualified for Pac-10 Championships in his first meet of season for Cal with a 23-11.75 (7.31m) leap, Cal's best of the season. Ibia also qualified for Pac-10 Championships and NCAA Regionals in the triple jump with his third-place 50-04.50 (15.35m) mark.

Junior Rhuben Williams set a personal record in the hammer, winning the event with a 205-02 (62.54m) mark. The Bears swept the men's hammer. Williams also set a personal record in the shot put, winning the event with a 64-09.75 (19.75m) mark. Nikfar gave the Bears a 1-2 finish in the event with his 59-04.25 mark. To top the day off, Williams finished second in the discus as well, 166-02 (50.64m).

Giron won the men's 400 meter hurdles in 52.71 as Cal swept the event. The Bears pulled another 1-2 finish in the high jump with sophomore Teak Wilburn winning on a 7-01.50 (2.17m) mark and junior David Glasgow following in second with a 7-00.50 (2.15m) showing.

TOP 25
Both the men and women moved up in the Top 25 this week after the Big Meet. The women are No. 11, up two spots from No. 13, and the men climbed to No. 13 from No. 17, as of Monday, May 3.

Several of Cal's athletes rank among the top 20 athletes in the nation in their respective events. The women's 4x100 meter team (Omwanghe/Johnson/Hawes/Carter) moved up to No. 10 in the country with its school-record setting 44.38 time at the Big Meet. Cal is strong in the throws where senior Rhuben Williams is fourth in the shot, senior Sheni Russell sixth in the discus, and senior Amin Nikfar twelfth in the shot. In multi-events, junior Brooke Meredith is third in the nation in the heptathlon. In jumps, sophomore Teak Wilburn is second in the high jump, senior Bruce Giron is 14th in the triple jump, and junior David Glasgow is 19th in the high jump. In running events, Senior Ahmad Wright is 15th in the 400 meter hurdles and senior Deanna Slaton is 18th in the 400 meter hurdles.


Pac-10 Qualifiers ListMen:Toby Atawo			100m		10.68Adam Burgh			Javelin		204-04 (61.06m)Carlos Carballo			5000m		14:31.98Kevin Davis			3000msc	8:58.76Ricci Dula			100m		10.72Giliat Ghebray			Mile		4:07.77 iBruce Giron			110mH		14.68				400mH		52.10				Triple Jump	51-11.00 (15.82m)David Glasgow			High Jump 	7-01.00 (2.16m)Vincent Ibia			Long Jump	23-11.75				Triple Jump	50-04.50 (15.35m)Thomas Mack			110mH		14.42Nick Mazur			100m		10.54Amin Nikfar			Shot Put	 	61-11.00 (18.87m)Kurt Seefeld			Discus	 	176-00 (53.64m)Scott Sobieralski			Decathlon	7,086				110mH 		14.40David Torrence			1500m		3:47.65				Mile 		4:07.55Darren Woods			400m 		46.99Teak Wilburn			High Jump 	7-05.00 (2.26m)Rhuben Williams	 	Shot Put		64-09.75 (19.75m)				Discus 		172-07 (52.60m)				Hammer	205-02 (62.54m)Ahmad Wright			200m		21.30 i				400mH 		51.19Men's 4x100m Relay Team & Men's 4x400m Relay TeamWomen:Kelechi Anyanwu			Shot Put		46-07.25 (14.20m)Christy Borak			1500m		4:32.90				5000m		17:19.96Antonette Carter			100m		11.53				200m		23.59Stephanie Cowling		100mH		14.31				400mH		61.58Bridget Duffy			800m		2:08.75				1500m		4:22.55				5000m		17:21.18Alexandra Hunnings		Hammer	176-11 (53.92m)Carrie Johnson			Hammer	173-00 (52.73m)Jenna Johnson			Shot Put		50-02.75 (15.31m)Tiffany Johnson			100m		11.85				200m		24.39				Long Jump	19-04.75 (5.91m)Lindsay Maclise			800m		2:10.43				Mile		4:59.31 iCynthia Mallory			High Jump	5-07.00 (1.70m)Brooke Meredith			High Jump	5-07.25 (1.71m)				Long Jump	19-04.75 (5.91m)				Javelin		148-00 (45.11m)				Heptathlon	5,511Danielle Navarre			Pole Vault	12-5.5 (3.80m) iOsarhiemen Omwanghe		100mH		13.43Abby Parker			1500m		4:34.42				3000mSC	10:48.10				5000m		17:12.69Sheni Russell			Shot Put 		46-04.25 (14.13m)				Discus		181-02 (55.23m)Deanna Slaton			400mH		58.03Giulia Urlando			Hammer	181-02 (55.23m)Trinety White			Triple Jump	39-04.50 (12.00m)Women's 4x100m Relay Team & Women's 4x400m Relay Team
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