Track and Field Host Multi-Events and Compete at the Stanford Invite

March 28, 2006

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The California track and field team will host the Cal Multi-Events on Wednesday-Thursday (March 29-30) at Edwards Stadium and compete in the Stanford Invitational in Stanford,Calif., on Friday-Saturday. Last weekend, Cal traveled to the Hornet Invitational in Sacramento, where several school records were broken and many athletes set their personal bests in their respective events.

Freshman Ryan Young broke the freshman record in the javelin with his throw (232-10) and redshirt freshman Emilee Strot (152-10) broke both the women's freshman record and outdoor school record in the javelin. Redshirt freshman Nate Rolfe, continued his success in the throwing events. Freshman Kandi Bonty won both the 100m and 200m dash last weekend. Senior Qadriyyah Abdullah won the long jump competition with her jump of 19-03.25. The athletes will be dispersed between the multi-events and the Stanford Invitational this weekend. The rest of the team will prepare for the Texas Relays and the Johnny Mathis Invitational at San Francisco State.

The Cal multi-event meet is traditionally one of the best in the country. The women's field had 37 athletes in 2005. This year it is expected to house 20 for the heptathlon and 10 men for the decathlon. Last year's decathlon champion was Phil McMullen - who also competed for Team USA at the World Championships in Helsinki, Finland last summer - and last year's heptathlon champion was Ashley Seilg of Nebraska - Selig was also the 2005 NCAA Indoor champion in the Pentathlon. Athletes from Cal, SMU, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Wichita State and Chico State will compete. The meet was started to honor the California's great tradition in the multi-events.

At the Stanford Invitational this weekend the Cal long distance runners (5000m and 10,000m) will compete in one of the best 10,000m races in the country this season. Traditionally most of the NCAA national qualifiers come from this meet in the 10,000m. Freshman Inika McPherson and sophomore Ed Wright will compete in the high jump. A group of throwers including redshirt freshman Nate Rolfe, sophomore transfer Daisy Van Ravenswaay and sophomore John Ludden will compete in the throwing events.

Freshman Ryan Young made a statement in his first outdoor meet as a Golden Bear. Young threw 232-10 in the javelin, winning the competition at the Hornet Invitational. Young's throw also broke the freshman school record set by Adam Burgh in 2004 (200-40). Young's throw was also the No. 7 All-Time throw for U.S. juniors (19 and under). His throw passed Breaux Greeg on the list, who is the current American senior national record holder in the event. Young is currently ranked the fifth junior in the world at this time.

Redshirt Freshman Emilee Strot broke both the freshman school record and the outdoor school record in the javelin last weekend at the Hornet Invitational. Strot threw 152-10, breaking Laura Baker's freshman record of 134-10 from 1989 and breaking Brooke Meredith's outdoor school record of 148-00 set in 2004.

Redshirt freshman Nate Rolfe opened his first outdoor season as a Bear in fine fashion. The high school All-American, recorded Cal's all-time fourth-best throw in the hammer at the Bay Area Blast Off. Rolfe continued his success last weekend at the Hornet Invitational in Sacramento, Calif., where he threw a season-best 180-10 in the discus. Rolfe redshirted last year's outdoor season, but competed indoors, posting Cal's second-best team mark in the weight throw (59-04.75).

After a successful outdoor season last year, which saw junior Giliat Ghebray notch the team's best marks in the mile (4:07.72), 3000m (8:02.11) and the 5000m (14:04.00), Ghebray is looking for All-American status this season. Ghebray will compete in the 10,000m this weekend at the Stanford Invitational, hoping to hit the automatic qualifying mark (29:00) to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Ghebray had a successful indoor season that saw him post a provisional qualifying mark in the 3000m (7:58.46) at the Husky Classic and set a new indoor school record in the 5000m (14:13.60).

Freshman Mark Matusak opened his freshman campaign with a bang during the indoor season. Matusak notched a personal best 8:06.18 in the 3000m at the MPSF Championships. Matusak, the high school champion in the 3200m, will aim to continue the success in the outdoor season that saw him through the cross country season. Matusak was named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year after his successful initial campaign. During the summer Matusak captured the bronze medal at the Pan Am games in the 1500m (3:49.81).

Senior distance runner Bridget Duffy returns for her final outdoor season. The cross country All-American posted the team's best 1500m time at the Pac-10 Championship last season. In 2004 she finished 10th at the Pac-10 Championships in the 1500m (4:35.55). During her first season in Berkeley, Duffy finished eighth in the 1500m at the Pac-10 Championships with a time of 4:26.49.

Junior Paul Tienert made his debut at the Hornet Invitational. Tienert finished second in the event behind teammate Ryan Young, with his throw of 230-07. Last season, Tienert was the Pac-10 champion in the javelin and set Cal's outdoor school record in the event with his throw of 235-11 at the Pac-10 Championships last year in Los Angeles. The mark is also the atop Cal's All-time list. Tienert went on to compete at the NCAA Championships, eventually earning All-American honors with his seventh place finish.

The Bears completed their 2005 season with a number of outstanding performances from both the men's and women's teams in the Pac-10 and NCAA Championships. In the Pac-10 Championships Paul Tienert posted a lifetime best in winning the javelin and senior Chloe Jarvis was the Pac-10 champion in the 800m. Both Tienert and Antonette Carter set school records at the Pac-10 Championships in the men's javelin and women's 100m. The men finished in eighth place with 60.5 points and the women finished fifth with 82 points. Head coach Chris Huffins sent an impressive 15 athletes to the national championships, the most since his short tenure began in 2003. On the men's side the athletes that competed in the NCAA Championships included javelin throwers Adam Burgh and Tienert, 800m runner Alex McClary, senior co-captain David Glasgow and senior All-American shot put thrower Rhuben Williams. The women sent 10 athletes to the NCAAs including Jarvis, Carter, Shannan Hawes, Whitney Schmucker, Alysia Johnson, Cassandra Strickland, Osarhiemen Omwanghe, Elzunia Lamb, Tifany Johnson, and Brooke Meredith. Carter won All-American honors in the long jump, marking Huffins first All-American as a coach at Cal and his first female All-American athlete. Carter's fifth place finish in the 200m earned her second All-American honors of the meet. On the men's side, Tienert's seventh place finish in the javelin earned him All-American honors, marking Huffins first male All-American athlete at Cal. Glasgow finished 11th in the high jump ending his career at Cal with his first All-American honors. The Cal's women team ended up finishing 29th with nine points and Cal's men finished 60th with two points scored by Tienert. Five more Cal athletes earned junior All-American honors at the 2005 U.S. Nationals including Missy Faubus and Emilee Strot in the shot put, Alysia Johnson in the 800m, Tifani Grimes in the heptathlon and Chris Chavez in the 5000m.

In the recent issue of Track and Field News, the magazine previewed collegiate athletes. On the Cal women's side senior Antonette Carter ranked No. 8 in the 100m, No. 12 in the 200m and No. 4 in the long jump. Sophomore Alysia Johnson was ranked No. 16 in the 800m, while freshman Inika McPherson was ranked No. 4 in the high jump and was given the nod for top freshman in the nation. For the men, junior Paul Teinart was ranked No. 5 in the javelin and junior Teak Wilburn ranks No. 7 in the high jump.

Two meets into the outdoor season Cal has broken outdoor school records and freshman school records. Freshman Ryan Young's javelin throw of 232-10 broke the freshman school record set by Adam Burgh in 2004 (200-40) at the Hornet Invitational. Redshirt Freshman Emilee Strot broke both the freshman school record and the outdoor school record in the javelin at the Hornet Invitational. Strot threw 152-10, breaking Laura Baker's freshman record of 134-10 from 1989 and breaking Brooke Meredith's outdoor school record set in 2004 of 148-00.

California is off to a hot start. During the indoor season the team rewrote several of the school's indoor records. Senior Antonette Carter set school records in the 60m (7.33) at the Arizona-California Challenge and the 200m (23.81) at the MPSF Championships. Senior Osarhiemen Omwanghe broke the 60 hurdles record with her time of 8.31 at the Husky Classic. Omwanghe had set the previous 60m hurdles' record two weeks prior. Senior Bridget Duffy broke the school record in the mile (4:49.04) and in the 3000m (9:39.26) at the MPSF Championships and sophomore Alex McClary broke his own indoor record in the 800m at the Alex Wilson Invitational after he was clocked at 1:49.71 in South Bend, Ind. At the UW Indoor Invitational, the Cal men's distance medley team broke the school record (9:42.31) and women's (11:28.96) distance medley teams set new school record at the MPSF Championships. Junior Teak Wilburn broke the indoor high jump, with his 7-3.75 from the Tyson Invitational. Sophomores Alysia Johnson broke Chloe Jarvis record in the 800m at the MPSF Championships with her time of 2:05.52, then broke her own record in the prelims at the NCAA Indoor Championships (2:05.49). Rebecca Yau set a new school record in the 5000m after she was clocked at 16:52.66. Also at the MPSF Championships, junior Giliat Ghbray set a new school record in the 3000m (14:13.60).

After successfully competing as a Golden Bears athlete in the early 1990s, Chris Huffins returned to Cal Oct. 16, 2002, as Director and Head Coach of the Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country programs. In the last three years, the Huffins-led Bears have sent more athletes to the NCAA Championships than in any other three-year span (12 in 2003,13 in 2004, and 15 in 2005), and he has overseen 14 All-American honors. Huffins has also witnessed Cal history books rewritten, as there have been 12 new Cal school records and six new freshman records set, which bodes very well for the future. Most impressively, Huffins saw five current Golden Bears compete at the 2004 Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif. In 2005, two of Huffins' athletes were ranked in the top 10 in the country by Track and Field News. Antonette Carter was ranked No. 8 in the long jump and Paul Teinert ranked ninth in the javelin. Huffins has seen the team dramatically improve its conference position since he inherited the program. Prior to this season, the women have had their highest Pac-10 team finish in history two years in a row, finishing in fifth place at the conference championships in 2004 and 2005, up four places from 2003. The Golden Bears men's team has moved up to seventh, in the tough Pac-10 conference, having weathered a few key injuries over the last two years. Indoors however, the men have been second and third in the 2004 and 2005 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. Huffins has also nurtured the development of the true student-athlete, evidenced by more than 60 Pac-10 All-Academic honors that his athletes have earned since 2003. The future looks bright for Huffins and his Golden Bears, was the 2004 incoming freshman recruiting class was ranked No. 1 and the 2005 class was ranked No. 5 in the country, by Track & Field News. Prior to taking the reigns at Cal, Huffins was an assistant coach for six years.Huffins is assisted by Ed Miller (field events-multi-events), Tony Sandoval (head cross country coach), Phil McMullen (pole vault-high jump-multi events), Bryan Fetzer (sprints-hurdles) and Jennifer Joyce (throws).

The Cal track and field team will travel to the Texas Relays on April 6-8 in Austin, Texas.

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