Cal Hosts Brutus Hamilton Memorial Invitational

April 5, 2005

Berkeley, CA -

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Date	Friday-Saturday April 8-9, 2005Place	Berkeley, CATime	All Day

Cal hosts the eigth annual Brutus Hamilton Invitational this weekend, which honors arguably the first great athlete and coach in the school's history. Hamilton, one of Cal's first Olympic medalists, captured a silver medal in the decathlon at the 1920 Games in Antwerp. At the conclusion of his athletic career, he coached at Kansas and then returned to Cal to take the reins of the program when Cal's first coach, Walter Christie, retired after 32 years in 1932. Hamilton served as Cal's head coach for 30 seasons, compiling a dual-meet record of 125-92 while finishing in the top three at NCAA's 11 times. Hamilton's coaching expertise lent itself to the U.S. Olympic team in 1936 when he served as the decathlon coach. That year, the U.S. contigent swept the decathlon medals. In 1952, Hamilton was called upon again to act as head coach for the U.S. Olympic team in Helisinki, when the American contigent brought home 30 medals. Notable athletes that Hamilton coached include world record setters such as Tom Moore, Archie Williams, Grover Klemmer, Leamon King and Don Bowden.

The meet features teams from Purdue, Colorado State, Idaho, Air Force, Washington State, Iowa State, Fresno State, UC Irvine, Chico State and Stanford. A limited number of open athletes will be competing as well as members of the Golden Bear AC.


Several of the throwing events will feature more than a few list-topping athletes, with the women's javelin being of the thickest. Air Force's Dana Pounds leads the nation with a mark of 55.49m (182-00) thrown two weeks ago at the Arizona Invitational. Following her are four more athletes with marks in the top 10, including two from Washington State.

In the early competition Friday be sure to watch Canadian national record holder and Cal assistant coach Jennifer Joyce compete alongside her athletes in the women's hammer throw. Joyce owns a PR of 68.22m (223-11) throw, which was set last summer at the Utah Sprint and Power Meet. Joyce is also the Cal school record holder with a toss of 214-0. This will be Joyce's first outdoor competition of the year and she will be challenged by her own teammates and most closely byLoree Smith of Colorado State who has thrown 67.05m (220-00) this year.

Cal All-American Rhuben Williams will head a strong field in the shot put. Williams, who owns an outdoor PR of 64-9.75, has thrown 18.81m (61-8.75) so far this year. Williams' most serious competition will come from Magnus Lohse of CSU, who has thrown in excess of 65 feet. The pole vault will have some high flying competition with Cal freshman Katie Morgan coming off a lifetime best set last week against Nevada. The mark of 3.97m (13-0.25) ties Morgan for second all-time among Cal's vaulters and ranks her sixth in the country. She'll be challenged by Washington State's Tamara Diles, who vaulted 4.10m (13-5.5) only two weeks ago and stands at fourth in the nation. Lexine Lesser of Fresno State enters with a season best of 3.81m (12-6) and will look to challenge both vaulters for the win.

Air Force will be bringing its stable of very capable vaulters. The Falcons bring three vaulters with them that are nationally ranked, including No. 5 Paul Gensic and No. 7 Makisi Haleck. Gensic has cleared 5.35m (17-6.75) this year, while teammate Haleck is right behind him at 5.30m (17-4.75). In the middle, sixth-ranked Fresno State vaulter Russell Weaver, who has also claimed a clearance at 5.30m (17-4.75), will be looking to upset the duo and claim the vault title for himself. Cal assistant coach and world leader in the decathlon Phil McMullen will be looking to use the high competition to improve from 4.90m (16-1), which he vaulted en route to winning the Cal Multi Event two weeks ago at Edwards Stadium.

Cal junior Antonette Carter will be a face to watch in the long jump. Carter's winning jump at the Florida Relays two weeks ago gave her the second-longest mark in the country of 7.76m (20-8.50), only a centimeter behind list leader Jovanee Jarrett of Auburn. The jump moves Carter from eighth on Cal's all-time list to fourth, passing up Olympian Grace Upshaw who won the competition here at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational last year with a mark of 6.39m (20-11.75). Washinton State brings its strong sprint group, headlined by James McSwain and Jaycee Robertson, who own PRs of 10.50 and 10.51, respectively, in the 100m. The WSU 4x100m relay has an eighth-place ranking and will be challenged by Cal sprinters Toby Atawo, Rashaad Nunnally, Ben Karl and Ricci Dula.

The women's 800m will again be a hot ticket on the track. Iowa State brings indoor All-American Ada Anderson, who set the third-fastest time in the nation in Tempe, Ariz., running 2:07.30. She'll be challenged by Cal's own indoor All-American in the event, senior Chloe Jarvis. Jarvis has so far run 2:09.28, which makes her 13th in the country. Jarvis owns an outdoor PR of 2:05.12. Look for one of the athletes to produce a PR out of this race.

Also be sure to watch Cal senior Tony Miranda in the discus. Coming off a second-place finish at the Florida Relays, Miranda set a lifetime best against Illinois with a throw of 57.30m 183-2, giving him an easy win and putting him a ninth on the collegiate national list.

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