Cal Qualifies Nine at NCAA West Regional

May 29, 2004

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Bears built on yesterday's success at the NCAA West Regional by qualifying several more athletes on the second and final day of competition. In all, the Bears have qualified nine athletes automatically and more may be taken as wildcard selections. Adding to yesterday's qualifiers, sophomore Teak Wilburn, junior Rhuben Williams, and senior Sheni Russell, are sophomores Antonette Carter, Osarhiemen Omwanghe and Tiffany Johnson, junior Shannan Hawes, and seniors Deanna Slaton and Vincent Ibia.

'I think what we've shown is that we are rapidly moving up the ladder, we are a boatload better than we were,' head coach Chris Huffins said. 'We are excited about what we are going to do in Austin in two weeks and we are looking forward to the challenges that may come.'

Ibia gave the field highlight of the day with his personal best in the triple jump, 52-00 (15.85m) for fourth place.

Meanwhile, Carter took over the track, replicating her school-record of 23.33 in the 200 meters for second place and an automatic bid at nationals. She also anchored the women's 4x100-meter relay team, working with Omwanghe, Johnson, and Hawes, for a fourth place finish in 44.55 seconds.

Slaton took the fifth slot for nationals with her 58.25 time in the 400 meter hurdles. Slaton ranks second all-time at Cal.

'We had a great meet. We had the two teams (men and women) in the top ten in our region,' Huffins added. 'We have quite a large contingent going to nationals. After the final list comes out, we may have our biggest group ever.

The NCAA West Regional is a scored meet and Cal proved it could be a team threat at nationals finishing among the top ten teams in the region. The men finished seventh with 34 points and the women tenth with 25 points.

The NCAA Championships start June 9 at the University of Texas at Austin.

Cal's FinishersNCAA West RegionalDay 2

Place Name Prelim Final Points

Men 3000 Meter Steeplechase9 Kevin Davis 8:58.78 8:55.58Men 400 Meter Hurdles6 Ahmad Wright 52.33 51.42 38 Bruce Giron 51.47 52.02 1Men 4x100 Meter Relay7 California 40.38 40.71 2Mazur, D. Woods. Atawo, DulaMen Triple Jump4 Vincent Ibia 15.35m 15.85m 0.7 52-00.00 59 Bruce Giron 16.10m 15.47m 1.2 50-09.25Men Discus Throw7 Rhuben Williams 52.60m 51.90m 170-03 29 Kurt Seefeld 53.64m 51.54m 169-01

2 Antonette Carter 23.77 23.33 0.6 8Women 1500 Meter Run8 Bridget Duffy 4:27.19 4:24.39 1Women 100 Meter Hurdles8 Osarheiman Omwanghe 13.60 13.85 0.8 1Women 400 Meter Hurdles5 Deanna Slaton 58.92 58.25 4Women 4x100 Meter Relay4 California 44.52 44.55 5Omwanghe, T. Johnson, Hawes, CarterWomen Triple Jump15 Trinety White 12.38m 11.76m 1.1 38-07.00Women Shot Put13 Jenna Johnson 15.31m 14.82m 48-07.50Women Javelin Throw30 Brooke Meredith 45.11m 38.01m 124-08

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