Track and Field Impressive at Hornet Invitational

March 26, 2006

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - In California's track and field team's opening outdoor season meet, the Golden Bears showcased an impressive start. Several athletes set personal records and won titles in the one day event in Sacramento, Calif. Javelin was the major winner of the day, with Cal sweeping both the men's and women's titles.

Freshman Ryan Young set a new California freshman record in the javelin after he was marked today at 232-10. The previous school record was set by Adam Burgh in 2004 with his mark of 200-40. Young's mark in today's competition not only won him the event, but also set a regional qualifier mark. Junior All-American Paul Tienert finished second in the event with his throw of 230-07.

Redshirt freshman Emilee Strot won the women's javelin with her throw of 152-10 which broke Laura Baker's 1989 record of 134-10. Strot also set a qualifier mark with her throw on Saturday. Sophomore transfer Daisy Van Ravenswaay finished sixth with her mark of 134-05. Strot also won the women's discus with her mark of 167-09.

Freshman Kandi Bonty had a very remarkable day in Sacramento. Bonty won the 200m with her time of 24.67 and finished second on the 100m (12.17). Her teammate, freshman Lollie Onipede was marked at 12.69 in the 100m and finished seventh in the 200m (25.53). Freshman Francesca Weems finished fourth in the 400m (57.14).

Redshirt freshman Brook Turner won the 400m (55.11) and finished third in the 200m after she was clocked at 25.02. In the 1500m freshman Mackenzie Pierce won the event when she crossed the finish line at 4:32.52. Redshirt Freshman Amanda Thornberry finished seventh in the 1500m with her time of 4:38.68.

Senior Osarhiemen Omwanghe crossed the finish line a 1:02.16 in the 400m hurdles, good enough for third place. Freshman Evelyn Smith finished in fifth at 1:03.92 in the race.

California won both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. The 4x100m team of Omwanghe, senior Antonette Carter, freshman Kristen Holmes and senior Tifffany Johnson finished first with their time of 45.01. In the 4x400m, Evelyn Smith, Pierce, Johnson and Carter were clocked at 3:46.41.

Senior Qadriyyah Abdullah won the long jump with her mark of 19-03.25. Sophomore Cassandra Strickland was marked at 41-00.50 in the triple jump, good enough for first place. Senior Trinety White finished seventh in the event with her mark of 38-07.50.

In the 1500m on the men's side, freshman Matt Miller finished fourth with his time of 3:55.66. Sophomore Eric Lee was clocked at 3:56.39, finishing sixth. Freshman Dawit Tesfasillasie finished eighth (3:56.92). Miller also finished ninth in the 3000m with his time of 8:43.34 and Lee finished 11th (8:45.73).

In the 110m hurdles, freshman Jordan Paul finished seventh with his time of 15.08. In the 3000m steeplechase, freshman Stephen Pottey was clocked at 9:45.74.

California won the men's 4x400m relay. The team of senior Nestor Solis, sophomore Jonathan Suddaby, senior Randy Fair and freshman Jake Hanson finished at 3:13.93 winning the race.

Sophomore Donny Appanatis finished third in the pole vault with his mark of 15-05.00.

Freshman Nate Rolfe finished second in both the discus throw (180-10) and hammer (194-05). Sophomore John Ludden finished sixth in both of the events with his mark of 165-07 in the discus and 181-11 in the hammer.

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