Carter Eigth, Meredith Ninth at US Nationals

June 26, 2005

Carson, CA -


On the strength of two great performances in the 100mH and the shot put,senior All-American Brooke Meredith came into the second day of thewomen's heptathlon with a first day best of 3,279 points putting her in 11thplace. Traditionally a strong second day athlete, Meredith stayed in 11ththrough the long jump, but moved into ninth after a seasonal best in thejavelin. Meredith, who owns the school record at 148-0, has not been able tothrow over 140-0 all season. On her first throw, Meredith produced a mark of143-5 to give her the second in the event before Tracye Lawyer-Thomas managed athrow of 148-7 in the second round to take the runner-up spot. Meredith's finishgave her 739 points moving her running total to 4,752 points with just one eventremaining. Meredith was now in striking distance of the school record at 5,624points. In the 800m Meredith would need 873 points to break the record, whichwould require a time of 2:16.00. As the race began, Meredith settled into theback of the pack staying there through the first lap. At the with 200m to goMeredith had moved into third with a good closing rhythm as she started herkick. Meredith came down the stretch hard but began to tie up with the fatigueof the day's competition. Meredith came in at 2:17.39 for 859 points to falljust 13 points of the school record, but good enough for a ninth place finishoverall. The lifetime best score of 5,611 smashes her old best of 5,511 pointsby exactly 100 points and makes her the third best heptathlete in Cal historyjust three points behind Missy Vanek at 5,614 points.


Junior Antonette Carter qualified for the finals by the slimmest ofpossible margins. Carter got out well with the leaders through the turn and downthe first half of the straight, but shut down in the closing lengths to getfifth in 23.10. To qualify for the finals, Carter would have to had run fasterthan 22.95 to advance on time since only the first four from each heat moved onto the finals with the ninth lane filled by a single time qualifier. That timequalifier was originally designated as Angela Daigle from the second heat untilthe referees determined that Stephanie Durst had run out of her lanedisqualifying her and moving Carter into the finals.

After the first start was recalled, Carter got out decently but the field wasclearly moving away from her through the first half of the turn. At the end ofthe turn Carter was still accelerating and looked as though she would be able tocatch some of the field. Carter stayed strong down the home stretch and managedto pass La Shauntea Moore to finish eighth at 23.15.

Senior All-American Rhuben Williams had his work cut out for him if hewas going to make the finals of the men's shot one of the strongest events theU.S. has. Williams was able to produce two 61-0 throws with his best at 61-11.75to give him 15th. Williams would have needed to throw 65-9.5 to get three morethrows in the finals. His best, which stands as second on the Cal All-Time list,is 64-9.75.

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