Track and Field Host Ninth Annual Brutus Hamilton

April 15, 2006

BERKELEY - The California track and field team hosted the ninth annual Brutus Hamilton Invitational on a cold, rainy day in Berkeley, Calif. However several Golden Bear athletes braved the elements to showcase their talents.

Senior Antonette Carter again put on an impressive performance on Saturday. The two-time All-American won the 100m with her regional qualifying time of 11.46. The senior was only three second off her school record time of 11.43 set last season at the Pac-10 Championships. Carter also finished second in the 200m with her regional qualifying time of 23.36. This was the fastest season-opening time for the native of Concord, Calif., in both the 100m and 200m.

In the rain, senior Osarhiemen Omwanghe won the 110m hurdles with her regional qualifying time of 13.86. Omwanghe also set her personal best in the 200m with her time of 25.17.

Two-time All-American sophomore Alysia Johnson secured a regional qualifying mark in the 800m in her first run this outdoor season. The Canyon Country native posted a time of 2:07.38 to win the event.

Sophomore Brook Turner finished second in the 400m with her time of 55.03 and freshman Evelyn Smith set her personal best in the race when she crossed the finish line at 57.78.

The women's 4 x 400m relay team of Smith, Alysia Johnson, freshman Artensia Young and Turner won the race with their time of 3:44.44.

In the women's field events, freshman sensation Emilee Strot set a new freshman school record in the discus and won the competition with her mark of 174-06 (53.81m). The mark was also a regional qualifying mark for Strot.

Junior Carrie Johnson won the hammer throw with her regional qualifying mark of 182-02 (55.52m) and junior Kelechi Anyanwu won the shot put with her regional qualifying mark of 48-022.50 (14.64). Strot finished in second behind Anyanwu in the shot put with her regional qualifying mark of 47-08.50 (14.54m). Senior Qadriyyah Abdullah finished second in the rain with her mark of 19-00.7 (5.81m). In the triple jump freshman Artensia Young also finished second with her regional qualifying mark of 40-06.7 (12.36m).

In the men's 800m sophomore Alex McClary came in second behind Washington's Austin Abbott with his regional qualifying mark of 1:49.76. Freshman Sean Carey finished one spot below McClary in third with his personal best of 1:52.12 and Eric Lee finished fourth with his personal best time of 1:53.35.

Senior Nestor Solis finished second in the 400m after he was clocked at 47.46. Freshman distance runner Mark Matusak finished second in the men's mile with his time of 4:08.70. Freshman Matt Miller won the steeplechase with his time of 9:29.93. Behind Miller, sophomore Andy McClary was third (9:34.93).

In the hotly contested men's javelin throw, the defending Pac-10 javelin champion junior Paul Teinert finished second behind All-American Keron Francis of Boise State. Teinert threw 228-10 (69.76m) to Francis' competition winning throw of 242-03 (73.85m). Both marks were regional qualifying marks. Freshman Ryan Young was marked at a regional qualifying 211-05 (64.43) in the javelin.

Sophomore Ed Wright won the high jump with his mark of 6-08.75 (2.05m). Sophomore Rob Young finished third in the long jump with his jump of 22-01.50.

The track and field team will next host the 112th annual Big Meet against Bay Area rival Stanford next Saturday, April 22 at Edwards Stadium. The meet will be held in conjunction with Cal Day, which offers free parking around the UC campus.

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