Cal Men, No. 14 Cal Women Host Brutus Hamilton Invitational

April 10, 2007

BERKELEY, Calif. -

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California hosts the Brutus Hamilton Invitational this Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, at Edwards Stadium and Goldman Field. Eleven schools, including the host Golden Bears, will compete in the meet. Men's and women's teams from Cal, Boise State, Community College of San Francisco, Eastern Washington, Sacramento State and Washington Bowling Green and women's teams from Bowling Green, Laney College, Rice, San Francisco State and Sonoma State make up the field. The Cal women are ranked 14th in the Trackwire national top 25 poll.

The women's hammer throw, at 2 p.m., and the men's hammer throw, at 4 p.m., take place on Friday with the remaining events scheduled for Saturday. April 14 opens with the women's pole vault at 10:30 a.m. The first track event, the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase, begins at 12 p.m.

2006 Brutus Hamilton Invitational

Several Bears braved the bad weather to put on impressive performances at last year's Brutus Hamilton Invitational. Then-senior All-American Antonette Carter won the 100-meter dash with her NCAA regional-qualifying time of 11.46. 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 110-meter hurdles with her regional-qualifying time of 13.86. Omwanghe also set her personal best in the 200-meter dash with her time of 25.17.

Two-time All-American sophomore Alysia Johnson secured a regional-qualifying mark in the 800 in her first run this outdoor season. The Canyon Country, Calif., 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 its 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 (53.81 meter). 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 Young finished second with her regional-qualifying mark of 40-06.7 (12.36m).

In the men's 800 freshman Sean Carey finished 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 400 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.

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.

Last Time Out:
Cal Falls at Big Meet

Cal junior Thomas Mack won four events, but the Golden Bears men lost to host Stanford, 88-75, and, despite a meet record by Alysia Johnson, the Cal women lost to the Cardinal, 86.5-76.5, at the 113th annual Big Meet on April 7 at Cobb Track and Angell Field. The Bears posted 17 NCAA regional-qualifying marks or times at the Big Meet.

The Cal men now lead the all-time Big Meet series, 66-45-2, while the Stanford women lead their all-time Big Meet series, 18-10.

The Stanford men and the Cardinal women each earn five points towards the Lexus Gauntlet Challenge with their victories.

Johnson, a junior, clocked a Big Meet record and regional-qualifying 2:03.43 to win the 800-meter run. Johnson, the 2007 NCAA indoor champion in the 800, surpassed the old meet record of former Cal star Louise Romo, who ran a 2:04.10 in 1984.

Also in the 800, Cal sophomore Mackenzie Pierce ran a regional qualifier with a 2:09.44 to take second and junior Bear Pippa MacDonald ran a 2:16.55 to finish sixth.

On the men's side, Mack collected individual wins in the 100-meter dash (wind-aided 10.57), 110-meter hurdles (wind-aided 13.95) and 200-meter dash (lifetime-best 21.62) and led off the Bears' winning 4x100-meter relay (41.34). In an exciting finish, Cal's relay, which included sophomore Jake Hanson, junior Jonathan Suddaby and junior Steven Conrad, won in 41.34 to beat Stanford by one hundredth of a second.

The same three Cal women swept the shot put and discus. Senior Kelechi Anyanwu won the shot in a lifetime-best and regional-qualifying 50-7.50, which placed her fourth on Cal's all-time list. She also won the discus in a regional-qualifying 180-11.

Sophomore Emilee Strot took second in the shot (regional-qualifying 48-10) and discus (regional-qualifying 163-11) and sophomore teammate Missy Faubus was third in the shot (48-8) and discus (lifetime-best and regional-qualifying 161-10).

Bears junior John Ludden improved on his season best with a regional-qualifying 196-7 to win the hammer, junior teammate Ed Wright posted a regional-qualifying 7-0.50 to win the high jump and senior teammate Jonas Hallgrimsson recorded a regional-qualifying 203-08 to win the javelin.

Other regional qualifiers on the Cal men's side included freshman Michael Coe in the 1,500 (3:46.68, 3rd place), freshman Ryan Shuler in the pole vault (16.10.75, 2nd) and senior Kurt Seefeld in the discus (170-9, 3rd). Shuler moved to eight on Cal's all-time list.

Three more Cal women collected regional qualifiers in individual events: Senior Carrie Johnson won the hammer in 204-11, junior Brook Turner won the 400 meters in 54.40 and sophomore Inika McPherson won the high jump in 5-10.75. The Bears also notched a qualifier in the women's 4x400-meter relay, as sophomore Kandi Bonty, Turner, Pierce and Alysia Johnson ran a 3:40.13 in the penultimate event of the Big Meet.

Conrad Regionally Qualifies in Decathlon at Cal Multis

Cal junior Steven Conrad reached an NCAA regional provisional-qualifying and lifetime-best score of 7,214 points en route to finishing second in the decathlon on March 29 in the Cal Multi-Events Meet at Edwards Stadium and Goldman Field. More recently, he recorded a season-best long jump of 22-9.75 and season-best javelin throw of 180-1 at the Big Meet.

National Champ Johnson Stars in 800

Cal junior Alysia Johnson is one of the top middle-distance runners in the nation again in 2007, as evidenced by her NCAA indoor title in the 800 meters. More recently, she set the Big-Meet record of 2:03.43 to win the 800 at the April 7 event at Stanford.

Cal's all-time second-fastest woman in the 800, Johnson boasts a lifetime-best 2:01.80 in the race that she set last summer. She was one of eight Bears who earned All-America honors at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships with her Cal indoor-record 2:03.47 in the 800.

Johnson's 800 title is Cal's first NCAA championship since Bevan Hart won the men's decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2000. She is also the first Cal woman to win track and field NCAA championships since Sheila Hudson won the triple jump and long jump national titles outdoors in 1990. Johnson is likewise the first Bear to win indoor NCAA titles since Hudson won the triple jump and long jump indoors in 1990.

The Canyon Country, Calif., product is also Cal's record-holder in the indoor 400 with a time of 54.48.

Johnson became the first member of Cal track and field to capture the Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honor sponsored by Cytosport. Johnson led the Bears to one of their top performances in recent years at the Dan DeHart Invitational Jan. 26-27 in Albuquerque, N.M.

The junior won the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.48 to set the school's indoor record. Her time was also just eight-hundredths of a second off of the NCAA regional provisional qualifying time. In addition, Johnson anchored the winning 4x400-meter relay team that logged a time of 3:44.07.

Torrence Doesn't Miss a Beat

David Torrence made his Cal track and field debut as a freshman in 2004, after starring for Cal cross country in the fall of 2003. The junior missed the next two seasons but returned for Cal cross country last fall and for Cal track and field this semester.

He hasn't missed a beat, first collecting NCAA West Regional and second-team All-Pac-10 honors for Cal cross country coach Tony Sandoval in 2006 and then starring for Cal track and field director Chris Huffins in 2007. At the Jim Click Shootout on March 24 in Tucson, Ariz., Torrence ran an NCAA regional-qualifying time of 1:50.23 to win the 800. More recently, he showed his versatility by running a lifetime-best 8:16.63 in the 3,000 at the Big Meet and posting a regional-qualifying time in the 5,000 at the Stanford Invitational.

Torrence's 8:16.63 moved him to seventh-place on Cal's all-time top 10 list for the 3,000.

The middle-distance and distance specialist had a big impact at the NCAA Indoor Championships, leading off Cal's distance medley relay that took second place in a school-record 9:33.77. Torrence, senior Nestor Solis, sophomore Francis Gadayan and senior Kevin Davis combined for that record and earned All-America honors at the national meet in Fayetteville, Ark.

Anyanwu Earns Muscle Milk Award after Jim Click Shootout

Cal senior Kelechi Anyanwu threw the discus a school-record and NCAA regional-qualifying 185-11 (56.66 meters) at the Jim Click Shootout and subsequently earned Cal's Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week honor sponsored by Cytosport. Anyanwu, whose mark won the women's discus event, moved past the record of 181-02 by former Bears star Sheni Russell.

More recently, Anyanwu qualified for the NCAA West Regional in the shot put at the Big Meet with her lifetime-best 50-7.50, which moves her to fourth place on Cal's all-time top 10 list.

Strickland Wins in Arizona

Bears junior Cassandra Strickland, another 2007 indoor All-American, won the triple jump at the Jim Click Shootout with a mark of 41-5.75. She ranks third all-time at Cal with a lifetime-best 43-3.25 she set during the indoor season. She took second in the triple jump with a wind-aided 41-8.50 at the Big Meet.

Ludden Reaches Qualifying Mark in Hammer

Cal junior John Ludden threw the hammer a regional-qualifying 196-7 to win the hammer at the Big Meet. He also notched a regional-qualifying 195-0 to win the event at the Jim Click Shootout. Ludden reached his personal best hammer throw at last year's NCAA West Regional with a toss of 196-11.

Wright, McPherson Jumping Up Cal's Charts

At the Stanford Invitational, Cal junior Ed Wright jumped a regional-qualifying 7-1, while sophomore teammate and fellow high jumper Inika McPherson hit regional-qualifying mark of 5-10.75 on her way to victory at the Big Meet. Wright, who stands eighth on Cal's all-time list with a 7-2.5, tied for first in the men's event with a 7-0.50, while McPherson is second in the women's high jump with a 6-0.

McPherson set Cal's indoor school record with a 6-0 that she reached twice this season, most recently when she took seventh place at NCAAs. Wright, who was sixth at NCAAs, and McPherson were among eight Bears who earned All-America honors at indoor nationals this year.

Up Next:
Cal Hosts California Collegiate Challenge

After the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, the Bears, who may send some athletes to the April 26-27 Penn Relays, are next in action at home when they host the inaugural California Collegiate Challenge April 27-28 at Edwards Stadium and Goldman Field.

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