California Women Capture Third, Men Improve at the MPSF Championships

Feb. 25, 2006

SEATTLE, Wash. - The California women's track and field team collected 79 points to help them with a final point total of 109, earning them third place Saturday afternoon at the MPSF Championship. The men's team placed seventh with 52 points in Seattle, Wash.

The women shined in the meet on Saturday. Two-time All-American senior Antonette Carter finished second in both the 60m (7.37) and the 200m (23.81, season-best), earning a total of 16 points for the Golden Bears. Carter broke, for the second straight day, the school record in the 200m. Senior Tiffany Johnson finished seventh in both of the races additionally. She was clocked at 7.64 in the 60m and 24.76 in the 200m, which earned a total of four points between both races.

Sophomore All-American Alysia Johnson broke a 22 year old record in the 800m on Saturday. The record of 2:06.82 set by Louise Romo in 1984 was broke by Johnson's time of 2:05.53, also a NCAA automatic qualifying time. Johnson finished second in the race and earned eight points. Joining Johnson in the race, freshman Mackenizie Pierce collected a point, after she was clocked at 2:22.04.

Senior Osarhiemen Omwanghe placed second in the 60m hurdles. Her time of 8.37 collected eight points for the Bears. The California 4 x 400m relay team of Turner, Pierce, Omwanghe and sophomore Alysia Johnson collected six points with their third place time of 3:39.84. The time was also a new school record and a provisional qualifying time.

Senior Bridgett Duffy collected four points with her fifth place finish in the mile (4:49.04, season-best), also a new school record time. Sophomore Brook Turner earned two points in the 400m with her time of 55.69.

Freshman high jumper Inika McPherson earned the most points of a Golden Bear athlete on Saturday. McPherson finished first in the high jump with a 1.76m (5-09.25) jump, earning 10 points.

Sophomore Cassandra Strickland earned eight points with her NCAA provisional qualifying jump of 12.95m (42-06.00). Freshman Artesia Young finished right behind Strickland in third with a season-best jump of 12.53m (41-01.50), earning six points. Senior Qadriyyah Abdullah also jumped, finishing sixth (12.20m/40-00.50, season-best), she earned three points.

In the women's shot put, freshman Emilee Strot threw a season-best 14.69m (48-02.50), earning two points for the Bears.

Freshman Tifani Grimes finished eighth in the pentathlon, collecting one point, while Young placed one spot below Grimes in ninth (3614 pts.).

In the men's 3000m, California finished three inside the top ten. Junior Giliat Ghebray (8:03.42), freshman Mark Matusak (8:06.18, season-best) and senior Kevin Davis (8:07.89, season-best) finished fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively. The three earned a total of 11 points.

Senior Nestor Solis earned a point, with his season-best 47.89 in the 400m. Sophomore Alex McClary finished second in the 800m, earning eight points with his 1:50.90 mark.

Freshman Jordan Paul (8.18, season-best), sophomore Craig Gallimore (8.31) and junior Thomas Mack (8.33) finished sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively in the 60m hurdles, earning six points for the Bears.

The 4 x 400m relay team of Solis, sophomore Alex McClary, sophomore Alex Beitahour and sophomore Jonathan Suddaby claimed third with their time of 3:14.27. The four earned six points for the Bears with their finish.

Sophomore Ed Wright collected five-and-a-half points with his jump of 2.04m (6-08.25).

In the heptathlon, junior Jonas Hallgrimsson collected 5429 points, a NCAA provisional qualifying amount. Hallgrimsson finished in third and earned six points.

The Bears will gear up next for the NCAA Indoor Championship in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 10-11.