Stormy Start at NCAA Championships

June 9, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas - Although the NCAA Track & Field Championships got off to a stormy start, Cal junior Brooke Meredith and the other heptathletes at the national meet were able to complete their four first-day events. Meredith stands in 12th place entering the second day of competition.

Meredith is ranked fourth in the country entering these championships. She dominated the shot put, seizing second with a shot of 40-11.5 (12.48m). The junior transfer boasts a season-best of 42-01.00 in the shot put. Meredith claimed 15th overall in the 200-meter run in 25.95 seconds, a hair longer than her season-best of 25.50 set at the Pac-10 Multis. In the 100-meter hurdles of the heptathlon, Meredith set a new season-best with a time of 14.49 to come in 21st. She set her old mark of 14.53 seconds at the UC Multi Meet on March 21. The indoor All-American finished 17th in the high jump with a mark of 5-03.75 (1.62m). Under poor weather conditions, she was short of her season-best of 5-07.25.

The women's 4x100-meter relays did go off on time, however. The school record-setting women's 4x100-meter relay team of junior Shannan Hawes and sophomores Antonette Carter, Tiffany Johnson and Osarhiemen Omwanghe saw their season come to a close today. The group earned the Bears an 18th-place finish at the national meet in the preliminaries with a time of 45.18. Their school record of 44.28 was at Pac-10 Championships on May 15.

Due to inclement weather, several field events including senior Sheni Russell's qualifying round in the discus were postponed.

For live results and a revised schedule, please visit www.texassports.com and click on the Track & Field NCAA Championships logo. For complete results from the events in which Cal athletes competed, please click on the link at the top of this page. For a list of Cal finishers, please see below.

Cal Finishers at NCAA ChampionshipsAustin, TexasJune 9, 2004

Women's 4x100m Relay Preliminaries18 California 45.18 1 1) Osarhiemen Omwanghe SO 2) Tiffany Johnson SO 3) Shannan Hawes JR 4) Antonette Carter SO

Heptathlon:100-Meter Hurdles21 Brooke Meredith 14.49 3.0 7 910High Jump17 Brooke Meredith 1.62m 5-03.75 759Shot Put 2 Brooke Meredith 12.48m 40-11.50 693200 Meters15 Brooke Meredith 25.95 +0.0 4 802

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