Asmerom and Heaston Make Olympic Team

July 16, 2004

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Alumni Bolota Asmerom and Kristin Heaston made the U.S. Olympic Team tonight in the, joining long jumper Grace Upshaw in representing the Golden Bears on the track and the field in Athens.

Asmerom finished third in the men's 5,000 meter run, 13:32.77, to earn his second trip to the Olympics, and his first for the United States. Asmerom, who finished his All-American Cal career in 2001, competed for Eritrea in Sydney in 2000. Before traveling to Athens, Asmerom must make the Olympic 'B' Standard of 13:25.40.

Heaston, a 1999 Cal grad and the daughter of late Cal water polo coach Steve Heaston, finished second in the women's shot put finals with a throw of 59-04.75 (18.10m).

Sophomore Antonette Carter finished third in her heat and 12th overall in the women's 200 meter dash preliminaries, 23.44. The top two in each heat, plus the next two fastest advanced to the final, but Carter will advance because six runners withdrew from the race. The semifinals take place Saturday afternoon.

Alum Bevan Hart is in 11th place (3,955 points) and volunteer assistant coach Phil McMullen is in 7th place (4,120 points) after the first day of decathlon competition. The decathlon concludes tomorrow.

Alum Elissa Riedy finished 20th in the women's 1500 meter semifinals. She ran the event in 4:18.70.

In Canada, national record holder and Cal throws coach Jennifer Joyce won the women's hammer at the Canadian Olympic Trials with a throw of 65.25 meters on Friday. However, Canada only sends athletes who attain an Olympic `A' Standard and so the country will not send her to the Athens for the 2004 Olympics.

Taped coverage of the Olympic Team Track & Field Trials will be televised on USA tonight at 11 p.m. and NBC will televise the trials tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Cal's finishers are shown below. Full results are available at

2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials

Women 200 Meter Dash Preliminaries12 Antonette Carter Unattached 23.44Q -0.6 1

Women 1500 Meter Run Semifinals20 Elissa Riedy Unattached 4:18.70

Women Shot Put Finals2 Kristin Heaston Nike 18.10m 59-04.75

Men 5000 Meter Run Finals3 Bolota Asmerom Nike 13:32.77

Men Decathlon Points 100 LJ SP HJ 400 Day1 110H DT PV JT 1500 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------7 Phil McMullen 11.19 6.90m 15.24m 2.04m 48.88 Nike w: 0.1 22-07.75 50-00 6-08.25 4120 (819) (790) (804) (840) (867) 4120 (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------11 Bevan Hart 11.04 7.11m 13.76m 1.89m 49.36 U.S. Army w: 0.4 23-04 45-01.75 6-02.25 3955 (852) (840) (714) (705) (844) 3955 (0) (0) (0) (0) (0) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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