Cal Continues Indoor Season at Roger Cox Multis, Dan DeHart Invitational

Jan. 23, 2007

California heads to New Mexico this week to take part in the inaugural Roger Cox Multis and Dan DeHart Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M. The Golden Bears opened the 2007 indoor season last week, winning four events at the Hampton Inn & Suites Classic.

The Bears head into the meet with a couple of nationally ranked athletes, according to Junior Alysia Johnson, who's ranked third in the 800 meters, and junior David Torrence, who's ranked 10th in the mile.

The field in New Mexico includes Arizona, Arizona State, BYU (women only), Cal Poly (women only), Cal, Colorado State (multis only), Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, Long Beach State, host New Mexico, New Mexico State (women only), Texas (heptathlon only), Texas Tech, UT-San Antonio (women only), Wayland Baptist (NAIA - heptathlon only), Western State (D-II) and Wyoming.

Four teams in the field are ranked: The No. 2 Arizona State women, No. 7 Kansas State women, No. 19 Texas Tech women and the No. 18 ASU men.

Albuquerque Convention Center

The Albuquerque Convention Center earned a well-deserved reputation in 2006 as the best new indoor track and field facility in America. Fourteen top-25 men's and women's teams, 56 nationally ranked athletes and seven of the nation's top 4x400m relay teams competed in Albuquerque during the regular season. Six of those individuals and two relay teams went on to win gold medals at the NCAA Indoor Championship meet.

Fourteen NCAA automatic qualifying marks and 108 provisional qualifying marks were recorded in the Convention Center, including two of the top marks in Division I in 2006. Texas' Trey Hardee led the way, setting a collegiate record of 6,208 points in the heptathlon during the Zia Classic Multis competition (Jan. 26-27).

The track at the Albuquerque Convention Center is a 200-meter Mondo oval with 60-degree banked turns and six 36-inch lanes. The straight is a panel system Mondo surface with eight 42-inch lanes, which is also the surface for the high jump. The pole vault, long jump and triple jump are on raised runways with Mondo surfacing. The throwing ring is a wood surface.

Last Time Out:
Bears Win 4 Events at Hampton Inn & Suites Classic

California opened the 2007 indoor season with a strong showing at the Hampton Inn & Suites Classic, winning four events overall at the meet in Nampa, Idaho. The Golden Bears won the men's 60-meter hurdles, men's 800 meters, women's 800 meters and women's 4x400-meter relay.

Cal junior Thomas Mack ran an 8.07 to lead a sweep of the top three spots in the 60 hurdles. Sophomore Jordan Paul was second (8.31) and junior teammate Steven Conrad was third (8.64). Senior teammate Jonas Hallgrimsson was the fourth Bear in the six-man field and placed sixth (8.97).

Bears sophomore Francis Gadayan won the men's 800 (1:52.69), sophomore teammate Mackenzie Pierce ran in Flight 1 of the women's 800 and had the overall best time (2:10.83), and the Cal quartet of junior Brook Turner, sophomore Evelyn Smith, Pierce and sophomore Francesca Weems, running in Flight 1, won the women's 4x400-meter relay (3:48.93).

The Cal foursome of junior Alex Beitashour, Gadayan, sophomore Jonathan Suddaby and senior Nestor Solis took second in the 4x400-meter relay (3:17.50).

Other Bears won their heats, or flights, in Idaho, including Solis, who captured Flight 1 in the men's 400-meter dash (49.62); his time was second overall. Cal freshman Mercedes Marchbanks won Flight 1 of the women's high jump (5.53 meters, 18-01.75); overall she was sixth. Sophomore teammate Lollie Onipede was fifth overall (5.47 meters, 18-10.00).

Cal junior Daisy Van Ravenswaay won Flight 1 in the women's weight throw (13.33, 43-09.00), though sophomore teammates Missy Faubus (14.84 meters, 48-08.25) and Emilee Strot (13.62 meters, 44-08.25) had stronger throws in Flight 2. Junior teammate Zak Thomas won Flight 1 of the men's weight throw (16.25 meters, 53-03.75) but was third overall, one spot behind second-placed junior teammate John Ludden (16.86 meters, 55-03.75).

MPSF Championships

As a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation during the indoor season, Cal will compete in the 2007 MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships that will take place Feb. 23-24 in Seattle at the Dempsey Indoor Facility. The MPSF and the University of Washington are co-hosting the event.

Eight men's teams - Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Long Beach State, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and Washington State - and 10 women's teams - Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Long Beach State, Oregon, Stanford, UC Irvine, UCLA, Washington and Washington State - make up the field.

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