Cal Opens Indoor Season at Blue & Orange Classic

Jan. 22, 2008


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Bears Kickoff Season in Nampa, Idaho
The California track and field team kicks off the 2008 indoor season at the Blue & Orange Classic Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Jacksons Indoor Track Facility in Nampa, Idaho. The meet is hosted by Boise State. The first event of the day, the women's high jump, begins at 9 a.m. (PT). The final event, the women's 4x400-meter relay, starts at 2 p.m. (PT).
A schedule with all the start times for each event on the day can be found here.
The Golden Bears ended the 2007 season with two national titles as senior Alysia Johnson won the 800-meter title and Kelechi Anyanwu brought home the NCAA title in the discus. Johnson, among many other accolades achieved last year, also claimed the 800-meter indoor national title.

Preseason Rankings
The Cal women cracked the Top 25 in the USTFCCA national poll, coming in at No. 19. The Cal women ended the 2007 season with their best finish ever at the NCAA championships. Both the Cal men and women ended the 2007 indoor campaign ranked in the Top 15.

Cal's Lineup
Interim Track and Field Director Tony Sandoval will bring 35 of his athletes to the Blue & Orange Classic, including senior Thomas Mack (60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash), junior Kandi Bonty (200-meter dash, 4x400-meter relay) and Steven Conrad (shot put, long jump, 60-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash).

Scouting the Opposition
Cal will be joined in Nampa by host Boise State, Pac-10 foe Arizona, Concordia, Texas-San Antonio and the Nevada women. The 19th-ranked Cal women will be the only ranked squad in the meet. Cal will be the only team making its indoor season opener as Boise State and Nevada already kicked off their indoor seasons with the Jacksons Open, which was held on Dec. 1 in Nampa, Idaho. The Wildcats competed in the Lumberjack Invitational last weekend, while Texas-San Antonio will be taking part in its third meet after competing in the Houston Opener and the Leonard Hilton Memorial.

Did You Know
Cal's two-time NCAA champion Alysia Johnson was born in Queens, N.Y., and is a theater and performances studies major.

Up Next
The Bears will stay in Idaho next week when they compete in the United Heritage Invitational and Multi Event on Feb. 1 and 2. Cal has the following week off before heading to Washington for the Husky Classic on Feb. 16.

Interim Director of Track and Field Tony Sandoval
Tony Sandoval, a familiar name in San Francisco Bay Area track and field circles, begins his 26th year of association with the California track and field program and his first as the interim Director of Track and Field, after serving the past 17 seasons as the associate director of track and field. Sandoval previously served 10 years as Cal's head women's coach prior to the merger of the men's and women's programs into a single entity.
Sandoval specializes in coaching men's and women's distance events, 800 meters and above, as well as cross country. His expertise also extends to meet management, as he has a wealth of experience conducting major cross country and indoor and outdoor track invitationals. Sandoval was a member of the NCAA Track & Field Rules Committee (1981-88) that directs all three Division I championship meets.
Under his tutelage, members of the Cal women's team have earned All-America honors on 21 different occasions. Most recently, Sandoval added two more honors from two-time national champion Alysia Johnson in the 800 meters, giving her a total of five times receiving the honor. She earned the accolade both indoors and outdoors, in 2006 and 2007 following her one 800 honor in 2005. Chloe Jarvis earned indoor All-America honors in the 800m in 2005. Sandoval also added Erin Belger to the list of All-Americans, as Belger finished third in the 800m at the 2002 NCAA Championships. In cross country, Bridget Duffy earned All-America honors under Sandoval in 2003.

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