Cal to Compete at NCAA West Regional
May 24, 2004
Date Fri.-Sat., May 28-29, 2004Place Northridge, Calif.Time All Day
VALLEY OF THE BEARS
With three new qualifying marks from the Pac-10 Championships, Cal sends 30 athletes - some competing in multiple events - to the NCAA West Regional this weekend. The Memorial Day weekend meet will be hosted by Cal State Northridge, the Big West powerhouse in the San Fernando Valley of Southern California. The Bears enter the meet riding the momentum of the Pac-10 Championships, where two school records and several personal bests were set. With the regional format, now in its second year of use, the top five athletes in each event will advance to the NCAA Championships. However, multi-events athletes still go straight to NCAA Championships based on an automatic-provisonal qualifying system.
TICKETS AND MEDIA INFORMATION
Tickets for the NCAA West Regional are on sale now through the Cal State Northridge ticket office at (818) 677-2488. Two-day tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students/seniors. One-day tickets can be purchased on the first day of competition for $15 for adults and $8 for students/seniors.
Accredited media may request a credential by filling out the credential request form on the Track & Field page at gomatadors.com and submitting it via fax to Ryan Finney at (818) 677-4950.
The official meet web site can be reached from the Track & Field page of gomatadors.com. Results will be available on ncaasports.com as soon as possible and posted nightly on www.calbears.com.
LAST TIME AT NCAA WEST REGIONALS
At last year's NCAA West Regional, hosted by Stanford, Cal qualified 12 athletes for the NCAA Track and Field Championships, six more than had gone to the national meet the year before. Antonette Carter set her then-school record of 11.61 in the 100m dash at the event. The other Bears to advance last year to nationals were: then-senior Tim Bogdanof, then-juniors Amin Nikfar and Chloe Jarvis, then-sophomores David Glasgow, Girmay Guangul, Rhuben Williams and Shannan Hawes and then-freshmen Teak Wilburn, Jacqueline Earls, Elzunia Lamb and Osarhiemen Omwanghe.
The Cal women are No. 15, dropping three places, and the men are currently at No. 17, as of Monday May 24, in the Team Power Rankings.
PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS REVIEW
Cal saw dividends from its investments of the last year-and-a-half under second-year head coach Chris Huffins at the conclusion of the Pac-10 Championships. The Golden Bear women were fifth with 69 points, leaps and bounds above their ninth place finish last year. The Golden Bear men finished seventh with 75 points, just one point out of sixth, which Stanford claimed with 76 points. The men also finished seventh last year.
Sophomore Teak Wilburn was the Golden Bears' Pac-10 individual champion in the high jump. He won the Pac-10 title with a jump of 7-03.25 (2.22m).
The women's 4x100 meter relay team (junior Shannan Hawes and sophomores Antonette Carter, Tiffany Johnson and Osarhiemen Omwanghe) broke its own school record with a time of 44.28 for fourth-place. The crew set its previous school record of 44.38 at the Big Meet on May 1.
Carter also broke her school record in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.33 for a runner-up finish. She set her previous record of 23.45 in the preliminaries of the event. She finished third in the 100 meter dash in 11.57 seconds after having broken her own school record in the preliminaries with a time of 11.49 seconds.
The women reaped runner-up finishers out of school record-holder and senior Sheni Russell in the discus, as she threw a 174-06 (53.20m) and senior Deanna Slaton in the 400 meter hurdles, 58.65. Slaton remains second all-time at Cal in the event.
Adding to his second place finish in the shot, junior Rhuben Williams left the championships with top-five finishes in three events. He finished third in the discus with a personal best of 173-00 (52.73m) and a fourth place finish in the hammer, 198-09 (60.58m).
Cal got top three finishes out of several Bears, including senior Bruce Giron who finished second in the triple jump with a personal best 52-10.00 (16.10m). Giron also finished fifth in the 110 meter hurdles, 14.53. Senior Ahmad Wright finished third in the 400 meter hurdles at 50.35, his season-best. Junior David Glasgow finished third to Wilburn in the high jump with a mark of 7-01.00 (2.16m). The men's 4x100 meter relay team finished fifth in a time of 41.00 seconds.
PAC-10 MULTI CHAMPIONSHIPS REVIEW
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 second only to Jacquelyn Johnson of Arizona State who scored 5,603 points, despite being 'under the weather'. The competition between the two will continue at NCAA Championships. The junior transfer's season-best of 5,511 points, set in March at the UC Multi Meet keeps her fourth 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, a javelin throw of 172-10, a long jump at 22-3, a shot put of 43-2.25 and a 400 meter of 51.53.
NCAA Regional Qualifiers List
Kevin Davis 3000mSC 8:58.76Bruce Giron 400mH 52.10 Triple Jump 52-10.00 (16.10m)David Glasgow High Jump 7-01.00 (2.16m)Vincent Ibia Triple Jump 50-04.50 (15.35m)Amin Nikfar Shot Put 61-11.00 (18.87m)Kurt Seefeld Discus 176-00 (53.64m)Scott Sobieralski Decathlon 7,086 (Prov.)Zak Thomas Hammer 180-05 (55.03m)David Torrence 1500m 3:47.65Darren Woods 400m 46.99Teak Wilburn High Jump 7-05.00 (2.26m)Rhuben Williams Shot Put 64-09.75 (19.75m) Discus 173-00 (52.73m) Hammer 205-02 (62.54m)Ahmad Wright 400mH 50.35
Men's 4x100m Relay Team 40.38(Mazur/Atawo/D. Woods/Wright)
Men's 4x400 Meter Relay Team 3:08.83(Giron/Wright/Fair/D.Woods)
Antonette Carter 100m 11.49 200m 23.33 Long Jump 20-01.50 (6.13m)Bridget Duffy 800m 2:08.75 1500m 4:22.55Alexandra Hunnings Hammer 176-11 (53.92m)Jenna Johnson Shot Put 50-02.75 (15.31m)Tiffany Johnson Long Jump 19-04.75 (5.91m)Brooke Meredith 400mH 1:00.44 Long Jump 19-04.75 (5.91m) Javelin 148-00 (45.11m) Heptathlon 5,511 (Auto)Danielle Navarre Pole Vault 12-5.5 (3.80m) iOsarhiemen Omwanghe 100mH 13.43Abby Parker 1500m 4:34.42 3000mSC 10:48.10Sheni Russell Discus 181-02 (55.23m)Deanna Slaton 400mH 58.03Giulia Urlando Hammer 181-02 (55.23m)Trinety White Triple Jump 40-07.50 (12.38m)
Women's 4x100m Relay Team 44.28(Omwanghe/Johnson/Hawes/Carter)