Ashley Caldwell Wins 5000m on Day One of Cal/Nevada Championships
March 31, 2006
Junior Ashley Caldwell was the first to pick up team points for the Bruins on day one of the Cal/Nevada Championships in Fresno, CA on Friday after winning the 5000m in a time of 17:00.21. Although rain threatened to postpone the meet, pole vault was the only preliminary event cancelled. Prelims and finals of the pole vault will be held on Saturday with the finals of all other events.
The women's track and field team had a strong showing as nearly all of the athletes competing advanced to the finals on Saturday. The Bruins stand in second-place with 10 points after the scoring of the 5000m.
Sophomore Renee Williams (18-9) had the top prelim long jump mark of the day, while sophomore Leslie Rychel had the second-best mark, leaping 18-8 as both advanced to Saturday's final. Sophomore Nicole Duhart also will compete on Saturday as she advanced to the final in the triple jump with the No. 2 mark on the day, 39-3.
Freshman Hillary Werth was the sole representative of the throws group in Fresno and advanced to Saturday's final in the javelin with a toss of 131-8 (No. 4 overall).
On the track, every Bruin advanced to the finals on Saturday. Junior Jenna Timinsky posted the top times in both the 800m (2:14.91) and 1500m (4:37.72). Freshman Gabrielle Bournes ran a season best 2:15.55 for the No. 2 800m time of the day, while sophomore Shantae McKinney was third in 2:18.26. In the 1500m, junior Allison Hall finished fifth (4:41.40), senior Sarah West was 10th (4:45.97, season best) and freshman Lauren Jirges was 12th (4:50.71) as all three advanced to Saturday's final.
The only sprinter in action on Friday was sophomore Georgea Richards who posted the fastest time in the 100m hurdles (14.53) to advance to the finals on Saturday.
All finals will be held on Saturday, along with the running of the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.
Up in Palo Alto, CA, sophomore Claire Rethmeier finished 21st in the second section of the 10,000m, running 36:23.67. In the javelin, junior Sarah Ingram was 11th overall with a throw of 106-7. Junior Kamaiya Warren will compete in both the shot put and discus on Saturday to wrap up competition at Stanford.