Cal Continues Indoor Season in Nampa, Idaho
Jan. 29, 2008
Bears Kickoff Season in Nampa, Idaho
The California track and field team continues the 2008 indoor season at the United Heritage Invitational & Multi-Event from Feb. 1-2 at the Jacksons Indoor Track Facility in Nampa, Idaho. The meet is hosted by Boise State. The action kicks off with the men's 60-meter dash as part of the heptathlon at 10 a.m. (PT).
A schedule with the start times for each event on both days can be found here
The Golden Bears ended the 2007 outdoor 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.
The Cal women are currently No. 19 in the USTFCCA Top 25 national poll. The Cal women ended the 2007 season with their best finish ever at the NCAA Outdoor championships (eighth). Both the Cal men and women ended the 2007 indoor campaign ranked in the top 20.
Interim Track and Field Director Tony Sandoval will bring 37 of his athletes to the United Heritage Invitational, including senior Thomas Mack (60-meter hurdles, 60-meter dash), junior Kandi Bonty (200-meter dash, 4x400-meter relay), junior Steven Conrad (60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles) and junior transfer Martin Maric (shot put).
Scouting the Opposition
Some of the teams joining the Bears in Idaho are Boise State, Texas Tech and Azusa Pacific.
Boise State had a successful day at the Blue & Orange Classic. Ryan Grinnell and Paige Olivetti earned WAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Week honors for their performances. Grinnell earned a trip to the NCAA Indoor championships in the triple jump with an NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 53-4.5.
The Texas Tech women come in ranked seventh in the nation, according to the USTFCCCA rankings. Sally Kipyego was named the Big 12 Athlete of the Week last week. The Red Raiders had seven provisional marks in last weekend's Texas Tech Invitational.
Azusa Pacific won the 2007 NAIA women's outdoor Track and FieldChampionship. It was the Cougars third national title in the past five years.
Last Weekend at the Blue & Orange Classic
Cal won five events at the Blue & Orange Classic last Saturday. The Golden Bears took top honors in the women's 60-meter dash, the women's 60-meter hurdles, the men's mile, the men's 800-meter run and the men's 4x400 relay.
For the women, freshman Cherrelle Garrett and sophomore Kimyon Broom claimed first-place finishes. Garrett recorded a time of 7.52 to win the 60-meter dash, while Broom clocked in at 8.68 to claim the title in the 60-meter hurdles.
On the men's side, junior Francis Gadayan took first in the 800 with a time of 1:53.90, successfully defending his 800 title that he won at this meet in 2007. Gadayan also finished the men's first-place 4x400 relay, which also consisted of freshman Tojsh Kennedy and juniors Sean Carey and Jake Hanson. Senior Eric Lee took top honors in the mile with a time of 4:15.1.
PRs Set at Blue & Orange Classic
Sophomore Kyle Mills-Bunje recorded two personal bests last Saturday. In the shot put, he notched a 40-2.25 (12.25m) and in the high jump, he tallied a mark of 6-3.25 (1.91m). Mills-Bunje's old shot put mark was 12.22m and his old high jump mark was 1.90m. Junior Jordan Paul also reached a new PR when he clocked in at 7.21 in the 60-meter dash, surpassing his old personal best of 7.30.
Did You Know
Martin Maric, who transferred to Cal from Georgia, represented Croatia in the javelin and the discus at the World University Games last summer. He placed eighth in the discus with a mark of 56.32 at that competition.
Cal has next week off before heading to Washington for the Husky Classic on Feb. 16. Two-time NCAA champion Alysia Johnson will make her indoor debut at the Husky Classic as he begins her final campaign with the Bears.
Interim Director of Track and Field Tony Sandoval
Tony Sandoval, a familiar name in San Francisco Bay Area track and field circles, continues 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.