Track and Field News Names Three Bears to High School All-America Team

Nov. 4, 2005

Berkeley, CA -

Track and Field News announced their High School selections for the 2005 outdoor season. Three newly inducted Bears made the team, which based upon top marks and wins at national level meets.


Freshman Ineka McPherson earned honors in the high jump largely for her exceptional 2005 mark of 6-2, which led all high schoolers in the nation last year. That mark also places her among the Top-10 on the High School Women's All-Time List.


Freshman Jake Hanson was honored for his 2005 best of 36.64 in the 300mH, which was the sixth fastest time in the nation last year for a high school athlete. The young Washingtonian marks the latest top-tier acquisition for California from Washington. His selection was buoyed stongly by his third place finish at the US Junior Nationals and his second place finish at the Golden West Invitational.


Finally, California native Mark Matusak won honors in both the 2-mile and mile. Matusak's 2-mile time of 8:51.13 was the fastest in the nation, while his 4:05.24 was the second fastest in the nation. Last year at the USATF Junior Nationals, Matusak beat out Oregon phenom Galen Rupp in the 1,500m for the Junior National crown.


Mackenzie Pierce and Yosef Ghebray were also honored as Track and Field News High School All-Americans in 2004 for the 800m and 2-mile respectively. Both athletes will be true freshmen on the Cal Track and Field squads this spring.

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