NCAA West Regionals: Qualifiers Keep Coming

May 28, 2004

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - With the first day of NCAA West Regionals complete, the California Golden Bears got a sense of which elite athletes would make the national meet, which will take place in Austin, Texas. in two weeks. Sophomore Teak Wilburn assured himself of both a spot at nationals and a high seed with his top finish in the high jump, 7-02.25 (2.19m).

'I look forward to a lot of tickets on being punchd to Austin tomorrow,' head coach Chris Huffins said.

Other outstanding performances came from sophomore Antonette Carter who finished second (23.77) in the 200-meter dash to the nation's top 200-meter runner, San Diego State's Tonette Dyer in the preliminaries. Carter also aided the women's 4x100-meter relay team, joined by sophomores Osarhiemen Omwanghe and Tiffany Johnson and junior Shannan Hawes, who finished second with a time of 44.52.

Senior triple-jumper Bruce Giron surprised with a personal-best 51.47 for fifth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles preliminaries. Senior Ahmad Wright finished ninth in the event, 52.33.

'We did a great job in our qualifying procedures with a minimal number of mishaps. One pleasant surprise was Bruce Giron's PR in the 400-meter hurdles, he has poised himself to go to nationals,' Huffins added. 'We may qualify more people than ever before.'

Throwers Sheni Russell and Rhuben Williams assured themselves of a trip to nationals with top five finishes in the finals of their events. Russell, a senior, placed third in the discus 178-06 (54.41m). Williams, a junior who has also qualified in the men's discus, seized third in the shot put (64-00.25, 19.51m) and sixth in the hammer(192-09, 58.75m). Senior Amin Nikfar finished seventh in the event, leaving open the possibility of a wildcard selection to the national meet, with his mark of 59-08.25 (18.19m).

Senior Deanna Slaton finished third in the 400-meter hurdles preliminaries. Sophomore Osarhiemen Omwanghe finished eighth in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries at 13.60 seconds.

The men's 4x100-meter relay team, comprised of senior Nick Mazur, freshman Darren Woods, and juniors Toby Atawo and Ricci Dula, finished seventh in the preliminaries matching the team's season-best at 40.38 seconds.

The action in Northridge continues tomorrow. For full results from the meet, click the link at the top of the page or for Cal's finishers, see below. Live results will be available tomorrow at www.gomatadors.com.

Cal's FinishersNCAA West RegionalsMay 28, 2004

Place Name Seed NCAA West Reg. Pts.

Women 200-Meter Dash2 Antonette Carter 23.33 23.77Q 1.5 1Women 1500-Meter Run9 Bridget Duffy 4:22.55 4:27.19qWomen 100-Meter Hurdles8 Osarheiman Omwanghe 13.43 13.60q 0.5 2Women 400-Meter Hurdles3 Deanna Slaton 58.03 58.92Q 2Women 4x100-Meter Relay2 California 44.28 44.52Q 1Omwanghe, T. Johnson, Hawes, CarterWomen Long Jump15 Antonette Carter 6.13m 5.55m 0.9 18-02.50Women Pole Vault14 Danielle Navarre 3.75m 3.76m 12-04.00Women Hammer Throw25 Guilia Urlando 55.23m 51.71m 169-0830 Alexandra Hunnings 53.92m 49.73m 163-02Women Discus Throw3 Sheni Russell 55.22m 54.41m 178-06 6

Men 400-Meter Dash13 Darren Woods 46.99 47.28 3Men 1500-Meter Run22 David Torrence 3:47.65 3:58.75Men 400-Meter Hurdles5 Bruce Giron 52.10 51.47q 39 Ahmad Wright 50.35 52.33q 2Men 4x100-Meter Relay7 California 40.40 40.38q 1Mazur, D. Woods, Atawo, DulaMen High Jump 1 Teak Wilburn 2.26m 2.19m 7-02.25 10-- David Glasgow 2.16m NHMen Hammer Throw6 Rhuben Williams 62.54m 58.75m 192-09 3Men Shot Put3 Rhuben Williams 19.75m 19.51m 64-00.257 Amin Nikfar 18.87m 18.19m 59-08.25

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