Cal At Pac-10 First Day Finish Line
May 14, 2004
TUCSON, Ariz. - As the first night of Pac-10 Champioship competition comes to a close, California's men are in seventh with 15 points, with seven events scored. On the women's side where eight events have been scored, California is in eighth with 20 points. The Oregon men and Arizona State women are currently in the lead.
'I'm very proud of what the kids did today. We set up to do well tomorrow -- we are fired up and ready to go,' head coach Chris Huffins said.
Sophomore Antonette Carter broke her own school record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.49 in the preliminaries today. Her old record of 11.53 was set just weeks ago at the Big Meet. Carter also broke the school record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.45, surpassing Kelia Bolton's record of 23.50 set in 1979. Carter will run in the finals tomorrow. Carter provided the women's top field finish of the day with her fourth place landing in the long jump. Her jump of 20-01.50 was a personal best and earned the Bears five points.
'Antonette and Ahmad (Wright) were probably our leading qualifiers, but we have quite a few potential point-scorers and potential champions tomorrow,' Huffins said.
Junior Rhuben Williams provided the highlight of the men's field events today with his third-place finish in the shot put. His mark of 62-05.75 (17.18m) earned the Bears six team points. Senior Amin Nikfar finished 10th in the event with a shot of 56-04.50 (17.18m). Vincent Ibia finished eighth in the long jump to earn one point for the team with a jump of 23-04.00, 7.11m. The two men's 800-meter finishers, Randy Fair (1:51.75) and Andy Perezchica (1:52.69) both ran personal bests.
Senior Cynthia Mallory finished fifth in the high jump to score three points for the Bears. She measured up at 5-06.00 (1.68m). Senior Jenna Johnson finished sixth in the shot put, 48-08.75 (14.85m) to gain three team points. Freshman transfer Giulia Urlando finished 12th in the hammer throw at 157-03 (47.93m). Junior heptathlete Brooke Meredith finished eighth in the javelin (142-11).
In the men's 10,000-meter run, Carlos Carballo finished sixth for three team points with a time of 30:43.23. In the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, sophomore Kevin Davis finished seventh in 9:05.57 to earn two points for the Bears. All other running events with Bear finishers were preliminaries for tomorrow's finals. In all, eight Bears have advanced, most notably senior Ahmad Wright with the fastest time in the 400-meter preliminaries, 51.34. Other top competitors to look for tomorrow include senior Deanna Slaton, who turned in the second-fastest 400-meter hurdle preliminary (59.53), the aforementioned Carter, and sophomore Osarhiemen Omwanghe in the 100-meter hurdles.
Cal's FinishersPac-10 Championships Day One
Women High Jump 5 Cynthia Mallory 1.68m 5-06.00 3
Men Pole Vaultn Scott Sobieralski NH 4.87
Men 3000-Meter Steeplechase7 Kevin Davis 9:05.57 2
Men 10,000-Meter Run6 Carlos Carballo 30:43.23 3
Cal's Results in Preliminary Track Events:* denotes advancement to Saturday's finalWomen 100-Meter Dash Preliminaries (Heat #) 3 Antonette Carter * 11.49Q +0.0 1 13 Tiffany Johnson 11.97 +0.0 1 15 Shannan Hawes 12.13 +0.0 2
Women 200-Meter Run Preliminaries2 Antonette Carter * 23.45Q +0.0 3
Women 800-Meter Run Preliminaries 15 Whitney Schmucker 2:12.64 2
Women 100-Meter Hurdles Preliminaries 7 Osarheiman Omwanghe * 13.51q +0.0 2 16 Stephanie Cowling 14.44 0.6 1
Men 200-Meter Dash16 Ben Karl 22.67 +0.0 1
Men 400-Meter Dash 10 Darren Woods 47.26 2
Men 800-Meter Run 11 Randy Fair 1:51.75 2 12 Andres Perezchica 1:52.69 1
Men 400-Meter Hurdles 1 Ahmad Wright * 51.34Q 1 13 Bjorgavin Vikingsson 53.48 1
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