California Track and Field Competes at Husky Classic and Tyson Invite

Feb. 11, 2006

SEATTLE, Wash. - The majority of California track and field team competed at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday. In Fayetteville, Ark., four athletes additionally competed at the Tyson Invitational. Cal posted four provisional qualifying marks at the Husky Classic and the middle distance and distance runners took center stage in Seattle. The four athletes in Arkansas finished inside the top 10, against some of the nation's toughest competition.

In Arkansas, junior Teak Wilburn finished third in the high jump behind the defending national champion Jesse Williams of USC. Wilburn notched a season-best 2.23m (7-03.75), the same as Williams in the event. Andra Mason of Texas won the competition after he jumped a 2.25m (7-04.50). Sophomore Ed Wright jumped a season-best 2.13m (6-11.75) to finish seventh in the event.

On the women's side, freshman high jumping sensation Inika McPherson finished fourth in the event after she posted a jump of 1.80m (5-10.75). A season-best and a new indoor school record for the Port Arthur, Texas native. McPherson's high school nemesis Texas' Destinee Hooker won the competition after she notched a 1.91m (6-03.25) mark.

In the 200m, senior Antonette Carter finished 10th in the race after she recorded a time of 24.02. In addition to being Carter's season-best time, her mark also broke the indoor school record she set three weeks ago in Flagstaff, Ariz.

In Seattle, senior Osarhiem Omwanghe improved her personal-best mark in the 60m hurdles on Saturday. Before today's race, Omwanghe had a personal-best of 8.33, she set three weeks ago in Flagstaff, Ariz. In today's race she was clocked at a new best 8.31, as she finished second in the race, behind Arizona's Jennifer Whitlock (8.29). Omwanghe's time today is also a new school indoor record.

Freshman Mackenzie Pierce and sophomore All-American sophomore Alysia Johnson competed in the 800m on Saturday. Both of them set provisional qualifying marks in the event. Pierce finished fifth with a season-best time of 2:07.37, while Johnson came in three spots down from her in eighth at 2:07.68. Sophomore Pippa MacDonald (2:11.87) and senior Lindsay Maclise (2:12.03) finished 21st and 23rd, respectively in the race.

Senior Tiffany Johnson placed third in the 200m (24.51), while freshman Lollie Onipede was clocked at her season-best 25.79. Freshman Francesca Weems finished ninth in the 400m after she recorded a 57.31, her season-best.

Maclise clocked her season-best in the mile and finished ninth with her time of 4:50.19. This mark also broke the school indoor record of 4:54.58, set by Lisa Lopez in 1995.

Redshirt freshman Angie Pressey finished eighth (7.60) in the 60m dash.

In the pole vault, senior Danielle Navarre finished tied for 15th after she notched a mark of 3.66m (12-00.00). In the long jump, sophomore Cassandra Strickland (5.79m/19-00.00), senior Tiffany Johnson (5.73m/18-09.75) and Pressey (5.72m/18-09.25) all finished ninth, 10th and 11th, respectively in the event.

In the shot put, redshirt freshman Emilee Strot finished fourth with her marks of 14.57m (47-09.75), while junior Kelechi Anyanwu placed sixth (13.83m/45-04.50). Junior Carrie Johnson notched a 15.92m (52-02.75) in the weight throw to place 10th.

The 4 x 400m relay team of Omwanghe, Pierce, freshman Kandi Bonty and Alysia Johnson finished first with a time of 3:45.40, which broke the school record set in 2004 of 3:45.75.

On the men's side in Washington, junior Giliat Ghebray finished third in the 3000m, with his provisional qualifying time of 7:58.46. Freshman Mark Matusak finished the race with a time of 8:08.98 (11th place) which was his personal best. Senior Kevin Davis also posted his personal best when he finished two spots below Matusak in 13th with a time of 8:10.32. Freshman Jake Schmitt, also in the race, posted a time of 8:21.30 (32nd place).

Sophomore Alex McClary finished fifth in the 800m, after he posted a season-best time of 1:49.92.

In sprints, senior Nestor Solis finished fourth in the 400m with a season-best 47.91 and he also placed 10th in the 200m dash (22.30). Also in the 400m dash, sophomore Jonathan Suddaby was clocked at a season-best 49.09 (ninth place) and sophomore Alex Beitashour notched a season-best time of 49.67 (17th place).

In the pole vault, senior Scott Sobieraliski tied for sixth with his season-best mark of 4.91m (16-01.25). Junior Robert Young jumped a 6.93m (22-09.00) to finish seventh in the long jump. In the weight throw, sophomore John Ludden notched a 17.06m (55-11.75) in the event.

The 4 x 400m relay team of Suddaby, Solis, Beitahour and Randy Fair finished third with the time of 3:14.66, only a second off of the school indoor record.

California will compete next in the Mountain Pacific Indoor Championship in Seattle, Wash., on Feb. 24-25, before gearing up for the NCAA Indoor Championship in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 10-11.

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