Bears Compete at Pac-10 Championships
May 11, 2004
Date Fri. May 14- Sat. May 15, 2004Place Tucson, Ariz.Time All Day
CAL HOPES TO CLIMB CONFERENCE LADDER
Under second-year head coach Chris Huffins, California track and field hopes to continue its ascent up the Pac-10 ladder at this year's conference meet. Forty Golden Bears, plus the relay teams, have qualified for the Pac-10 Championships. While all aim to score points, a number also have a good shot at an individual Pac-10 title, including these athletes in the top three on the conference best list in their events: sophomore Teak Wilburn in the high jump, junior Rhuben Williams in the shot and hammer, senior Ahmad Wright in the 400 meter hurdles, sophomore Kurt Seefeld in the discus, sophomore Antonette Carter in the 100 meter, senior Deanna Slaton in the 400 meter hurdles, and senior Sheni Russell in the discus.
Field events start at 2:00 p.m. for the women's hammer on Friday at the University of Arizona. The running events will begin at 5:15 p.m. on Friday and close at 10:10 p.m. Saturday's events start at 3 p.m. for the men's hammer with running events commencing at 6:00 p.m. for the women's 4x100 meter final. The awards presentation is slated for 10:00 p.m. Results will be posted nightly on www.calbears.com. Live results will be available on www.flashresults.com.
LAST TIME AT PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Golden Bear men's and women's track and field teams finished in seventh and ninth place, respectively, at the 2003 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships. The men's point total was 54, while the women scored 40. The conference winners were the UCLA women's squad with its eighth straight Pac-10 crown (155 points) and the USC men's team (139 points).
Cal's 4x100m relay team of then-sophomore Shannan Hawes and then-freshmen Osarhiemen Omwanghe, Jacqueline Earls and Antonette Carter, rewrote their own school record in the event with a time of 45.36. They would later go on to improve that record at NCAA Regionals. Then-junior Chloe Jarvis (currently redshirting the outdoor season) scored the most points for the Bears' women's team after a runner-up finish in the 800m (2:05.92). Then-freshman Teak Wilburn was the Bears' men's squad highest scorer, earning eight points with a runner-up finish in the high jump (7-3.75).
MEREDITH, SOBIERALSKI SCORE AT PAC-10 MULTIS
Indoor All-American Brooke Meredith finished second in the heptathlon at the Pac-10 Multi-Championships with 5,476 points to score eight points for the Golden Bears and sophomore Scott Sobieralski finished sixth in the decathlon with 7,215 points to score three team points.
Meredith was 'under the weather' and posted a season-best in only one event (800m - 2:20.94) but still managed to finish runner-up in the conference. The junior transfer was second only to Jacquelyn Johnson of Arizona State who scored 5,603 points. The competition between the two will continue at next month's NCAA Championships. Meredith's season-best of 5,511 points, set in March at the UC Multi Meet keeps her third on the national performance lists.
Sobieralski set a total of five personal records in the ten decathlon events at the Pac-10 Multi-Championships. Those PRs were: a pole vault of 16-00.75 (4.90m), a javelin throw of 172-10 (52.69m), a long jump at 22-3 (6.78m), a shot put of 43-2.25 (13.15m) and a 400 meter timed at 51.53 seconds.
MODESTO RELAYS REVIEW
Sophomore Teak Wilburn won the open/invitational high jump competition with a jump of 7-02.50 (2.20m) and junior David Glasgow finished fifth in the event with a jump of 7-00.50 (2.15m). Junior Danielle Navarre made her first NCAA regional qualifying pole vault since the indoor season at Modesto Relays with a mark of 12-03.75 (3.75m). Cal junior Shannan Hawes finished third in the 100 meter dash at 12.09 seconds.
Cal throws coach Jennifer Joyce furthered her own Canadian hammer record at the Modesto Relays, as well. Her winning throw of 218-05 (66.57m) surpassed her old mark of 217-07 (65.23m) set at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational in Berkeley on April 9.
As of Monday May 10, the Cal women are No. 11, remaining steady for a second week, and the men are currently at No. 16, dropping three spots from last week's No. 13 ranking.
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. 12 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 fifth in the shot, senior Sheni Russell sixth in the discus, and senior Amin Nikfar 14th in the shot. In multi-events, junior Brooke Meredith is third in the nation in the heptathlon. In jumps, sophomore Teak Wilburn is third in the high jump, senior Bruce Giron is 17th in the triple jump, and junior David Glasgow is 20th in the high jump. In running events, Senior Ahmad Wright is 18th in the 400 meter hurdles and senior Deanna Slaton is 19th in the 400 meter hurdles.
ROAD TO ATHENS
Cal volunteer assistant coach Phil McMullen holds the best decathlon score in the world in 2004. He recorded 8124 points at the Challenge of Atlas and Athena in Berkeley, on May 7.
Cal throws coach Jennifer Joyce broke her own Canadian national record in the hammer for the second time this year. On May 8, Joyce set a new record of 218-05 (66.57m) at Modesto Relays to win the event. Her previous record of 217-07 was set on April 9 at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational.
The following athletes have qualified for this weekend's Pac-10 Championships:
Men: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 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 Team
Women:Quadriyyah Abdullah Triple Jump 38-04.25 (11.69m)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 17:21.18Crystal Griffin Shot Put 44-2 (13.46m) iAlexandra 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)Danielle 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