Jan. 28, 2006

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The California track and field team competed at the Arizona-California Challenge, proving California was the best. Several Golden Bear athletes finished in the top five of their respective events.

Senior Antonette Carter showed why she is an All-American on Friday. The native of Concord, Calif., won the 60m (7.33) and the 200m dash (24.08). Carter also finished fifth in the long jump (5.97m/19-07).

Carter was joined by several teammates in the top 10 in both the 60m and 200m. Redshirt freshman Angie Pressey finished third (7.56) and senior Tiffany Johnson placed seventh (7.62) in the 60m. In the 200m, Johnson (24.38) and sophomore Brook Turner (24.58) finished second and fourth, respectively.

Johnson also competed in the long jump (5.82m/19-01.25) and the triple jump (11.92/39-01.25).

Sophomore Cassandra Strickland continued her strength in the triple jump. The native of Las Vegas, Nev., won the event with the marks of 13.05m (42-09.75). That jump ranks fourth on Cal's all-time women's triple jump list. Strickland also competed in the high jump (1.60m/5-03) and the long jump (5.30m/17-04.75).

Senior Osarheiman Omwanghe placed second in the 60m hurdles with the time of 8.33. Omwanghe also ran the fourth leg of the 4 x 400m relay which placed third (3:49.25).

Senior Danielle Navarre (3.75m/12-03.50) and sophomore Katie Morgan (3.60m/11-09.75) finished fourth and fifth respectively, in the pole vault.

In the field events for the Cal women, Junior Carrie Johnson placed fifth in the weight throw (17.24m/56-06.75). While in the same event, junior Kelechi Anyanwu (14.89m/48-10.25) and freshman Emilee Strot (14.16m/46-05.50).

Strot also competed in the shot put, finishing seventh with the marks of 14.30m (46-11).

On the men's side, junior Thomas Mack continued his success on the track. Mack won the 60m hurdles (8.06) and finished fifth in the 60m (7.02).

Freshman Jordan Paul clocked in at 22.47 in the 200m dash, good enough for sixth place. Sophomore Alex Beitashour finished in 11th (22.56).

California placed three individuals in the top 10 of the 400m. Senior Nestor Solis finished third (47.92), senior Randy Fair placed fifth (48.83) and Jonathan Suddaby's time of 49.18 was good for eighth place.

The Bears' squad of Suddaby, Solis, Beitashour and Fair finished second behind Arizona State in the 4 x 400m relay. The team clocked a 3:14.66 in the event.

Senior Scott Sobieralski and sophomore Donny Appanaitis tied for second place after recording a 4.90m (16-00.75) in the pole vault.

Freshman Robert Young participated in the long jump, finishing ninth (6.72m/22-00.75).

Sophomore John Ludden won the weight throw (17.17m/56-04). Ludden also participated in the shot put placing seventh (15.87/52-01).

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