Cal Sends 13 Athletes to NCAA Championships
June 8, 2004
Date Wed.-Sat., June 9-12, 2004Place Austin, Tex.Time All Day
COLLEGIATE TRACK'S BIGGEST STAGE
With more competitors than ever before, Cal looks to produce one of its best team performances at NCAA Championships. Individually, high jumper Teak Wilburn and heptathlete Brooke Meredith will contend for national titles, as they are ranked No. 2 and No. 4, respectively. Cal will send 13 athletes, one more than last year's record of 12, to the national event this week. The meet, hosted by the University of Texas at Austin, will feature such Cal standouts as triple jumpers Bruce Giron and Vincent Ibia, shot putters Amin Nikfar and Rhuben Williams, hurdler Ahmad Wright and Wilburn on the men's side, and sprinters Antonette Carter, Shannan Hawes, Tiffany Johnson and Osarhiemen Omwanghe, hurdler Deanna Slaton, discus thrower Sheni Russell and Meredith on the women's side. Carter, Omwanghe, Slaton and Wilburn are familiar with the territory, having competed at the Texas Relays this year. Wilburn won the high jump in Austin.
TICKETS AND MEDIA INFORMATION
Tickets for the NCAA Championships are on sale now through the University of Texas ticket office at (800) 982-BEVO or at TexasBoxOffice.com. All-session reserved seats are $60 for adults and general admission seating is $50 for adults and $30 for youth. Individual session tickets go on sale Monday, June 7.Media information can be accessed by clicking the '2004 NCAA Track & Field Championships' logo on the track & field page of www.texassports.com.Results will be available on www.texassports.com, and daily on www.calbears.com.
LAST TIME AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cal sent 12 athletes to last year's NCAA Championships, six more than had gone to the national meet the year before, and the most in Cal history. Then-freshman Teak Wilburn posted the Bears' highest finish with a 12th place tie in the high jump at 7-01.75. The women's 4x100m relay team of then-freshmen Antonette Carter, Jacqueline Earls,and Osarhiemen Omwanghe and then-sophomore Shannan Hawes, gave the women their highest finish at the meet, placing 17th with a time of 45.06. This year's squad (with sophomore transfer Tiffany Johnson in the place of Earls) has since broken last year's school record. Other national finishers for the men last season were then-senior Tim Bogdanof in 15th in the 110-meter hurdles, then-junior Amin Nikfar (57-01.50) and Rhuben Williams (54-01.00) at 21st and 26th, respectively, in the shot, and then-sophomore David Glasgow 23rd in the high jump (6-09.00). On the women's side, Carter finished 20th in the 100-meter dash (11.87). The sophomore, who holds the 100-meter and 200-meter Cal records, will compete in the 200-meter and long jump this year. Then-junior Chloe Jarvis (currently redshirting) took 21st in the 800m (2:08.07). Then-freshman Elzunia Lamb (currently training in Poland for the Olympics) finished 28th in the long jump, (18-01.00).
NCAA REGIONALS REVIEW
In all, the Bears qualified nine athletes automatically at the NCAA West Regional in Northridge, Calif., May 28-29. Cal men Teak Wilburn, Rhuben Williams, and Vincent Ibia and Berkeley women Sheni Russell, Antonette Carter, Osarhiemen Omwanghe and Tiffany Johnson, Shannan Hawes, Deanna Slaton all finished in the top five in their respective events. Ibia gave the field highlight of the second 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 claimed the fifth slot for nationals with her 58.25 time in the 400 meter hurdles. Slaton ranks second all-time at Cal. On the first day of the meet, 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). Russell, a senior, placed third in the discus 178-06 (54.41m). Williams, a junior seized third in the shot put (64-00.25, 19.51m) and sixth in the hammer (192-09, 58.75m) on the first day and seventh in the hammer (170-03, 51.90m). Senior Amin Nikfar finished seventh in the event with his mark of 59-08.25 (18.19m). 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 Cal women are No. 17, dropping three places, and the men are currently at No. 18, as of Monday, June 7, in the Team Power Rankings.