Cal to Host Illinois and Nevada

March 29, 2005

Berkeley, CA -


Cal will be going back to basics with a traditional dual meet instead of the massive relay carnivals and invitationals that permeate modern collegiate track and field where the emphasis falls heavily on individual performances instead of the team. The meet will use the new NCAA dual-meet scoring format of 5-3-2-1 where only the top two finishers from any team can displace points scored by opposing teams; meaning, a team that has athletes place in first, second and third will only score eight points while the opposing team will score for third and fourth as long as they have two athletes in the event. The new scoring format is a departure from the traditional 5-3-1 scoring rubric where a team can sweep all nine possible points in an event. In the new system, a maximum point swing of only five points in possible. Officials decided to use the format in order to keep dual meets closer and to require teams to be well- rounded in order to win such contests.


Cal hopes to win most of its points in the throws, which will feature senior Rhuben Williams in the hammer and shot put, senior Tony Mirnada, who is coming off a second-place finish at the Florida Relays in the discus, and sophomore Adam Burgh in the javelin. The pivotal points will be scored on the track as the sprints and hurdles will be closely contested with the teams expected to divide the points evenly between their squads. While either team may feature an athlete with a decisively superior PR in a single sprinting event, there remain athletes with the potential to upset and cause a dramatic change in the outcome of the meet. The Bears will mostly be seeking to minimize the damage of Illini distance and middle distance runners. All-American Zach Galvash and junior Tim Hobbs will be looking to swing points to the Illini side of the score column in the 800m and 1,500m. Freshman brothers, Alex and Andy McClary, will be looking to use the two as a good opportunity to produce some personal bests if not beat the duo outright. Second and third-place points will be extremely important in this meet since the overall point margin has been reduced so significantly. Look for the meet to ultimately come down to the 4x400m relay.


Of all the events to watch on Saturday for the women the 800m will be the hot ticket. Senior All-American Chloe Jarvis will be going up against junior Nicole Petty and freshman Kali Baker. Petty owns a PR of 2:05.69 in the 800m and 4:35.92 in the 1,500m, while Baker has a best of 2:08.89. Jarvis completed an indoor season where she topped out at 2:06.95 at the MPSF championships. Watch for Alysia Johnson to challenge for the lead early on. Junior Antonette Carter will be another athlete to watch after coming off a personal best in the long jump enroute to a win at the Florida Relays. Carter produced a jump of 6.31m (20-08.50) which moved her all the way to fourth on Cal's all-time list, ahead of Cal Olympian Grace Upshaw. Finally, look for first-year assistant coach Bryan Fetzer to unleash his sprinters after their successful attempt at breaking the school record in the sprint medley relay at last weekend's Florida Relays where they finished third among the collegiate teams in a time of 3:49.51.


After tolerating inclement conditions for the first two days, the 2005 Florida Relays were finally called due to rain before the third day's events could be completed. Of the athletes that did compete, several personal records were set on the first day alone. Sophomore Alexandra Hunnings and John Ludden both had lifetime best performances in the hammer throw of 54.45m (178-08.00) and 55.89m (183-04.00). respectively. Freshman Alex McClary posted a personal best in the 1,500m of 3:51.50.

At the Cal Multi-Event only two Bears competed in uniform. Freshman Tifani Grimes had personal bests across the board and finished with a lifetime-best point total of 4,718 points, while teammate Artensia Young finished 10th in the `B' group in her first heptathlon. The women's competition was won by Nebraska's Ashley Selig who was the 2005 NCAA Indoor champion in the pentathlon.

Of the athletes that competed at the Stanford Invitational, senior David Glasgow and Andy McClary were the top finishers, both coming in fourth in their respective events- the high jump and 800m. Glasgow jumped a season PR of 2.10m (6-10.75) while McClary clocked 1:54.78. Senior Lindsey Maclise beat her lifetime best in the 1,500m with a time of 4:27.77 giving her seventh place out of 15.


Cal school record holder in the 5,000m and alum Bolota Asmerom finished eighth in the USA 8k championships in a time of 23:09. Jorge Torres won the competition with a time of 22:47. Asmerom did beat former Cardinal Jonathan Riley who finished ninth in the distance championship. At the 2005 USA Indoor championship, Riley edged out Asmerom in the 3,000m with a time of 7:53.73 giving Asmerom the runner up spot.

At the Cal Multi-Event Invitational, assistant coach Phil McMullen set the world leading mark in the decathlon with a score of 7,922 points. McMullen's first-day performance was hampered by cold swirling winds, which prevented any athletes from producing personal bests of any kind. Warm second day weather allowed McMullen to produce a personal best in the discus of 51.70m (169-07.50) for 906 points and a vault 4.90m (16-01.00) for 880 points. The former list leader was Erik Surjan of Australia with 7,621 points.

Former Bear Tim Bogdanof ran a time of 13.82 in the 110mH at the Bay Area Blast Off which was the best season opener ever for the alum. The IAAF lists the time as tied for 10th in the world and leading the U.S. At the Stanford Invitational, he ran 13.70 in the prelims, but benefitted from a tailwind of 2.4 m/s, 0.4 m/s over the allowable limit.

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