Bears Complete First Day of United Heritage Invitational

Feb. 1, 2008

NAMPA, Idaho - The California track and field team had a strong first day at the United Heritage Invitational, Friday at the Jacksons Indoor Track, hosted by Boise State. The Golden Bear women dominated the prelims, taking first in the 60 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters. The Cal men won the 3000 meters and the shot put. In addition, the Bears had their first provisional qualifier for the NCAA Indoor championships.

Freshman Cyrena Giordano recorded a mark of 12-11.75 in the pole vault to provisionally qualify for the indoor national championships. She also broke the school indoor record for pole vault in the process. Giordano took third in the event.

Also in the field events, senior Craig Kent took first in the shot put with a mark of 57-2.25. He was one of four Bears to finish in the top five. Junior Martin Maric took third (52-1), freshman Patrick Kowalsky secured fourth (49-0.25) and sophomore Miles Palacios claimed fifth (48-11.75).

On the track, the Cal women came in first in all the preliminary races. Freshman Cherrelle Garrett turned in her second straight first-place finish, taking first in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.55. Junior Kandi Bonty took first in the 200 meters (24.74) and senior Brook Turner claimed top honors in the 400 (55.96). Also in the 400, junior Evelyn Smith came in third with a time of 56.86. All four women qualified for tomorrow's finals.

In the men's preliminary races, four Bears advanced to tomorrow's finals. In the 60-meter dash, freshman Kellan Patterson crossed the finish line first at 6.91, while fellow freshman Nick Porter came in right behind him in second at 6.99. Senior Thomas Mack secured sixth (7.07), as all three Bears advanced to the final. Porter also advanced in the 200, while junior Jake Hanson advanced to the final of the 400 meters.

The United Heritage Invitational will continue tomorrow, with the heptathlon beginning at 8 a.m. The field events are scheduled for a 9 a.m. start, followed by the track events at 11:30 a.m.

California Results
Women's Pentathlon

4. Tifani Grimes 3,566 points, 7. Dantia Hudson 2,834 points, 10. Sarah Morrison 1,943 points.

Women's 60-Meter Dash (prelims)
1. Cherrelle Garrett 7.55Q

Women's 200-Meter Dash (prelims)
1. Kandi Bonty 24.74Q

Women's 400-Meter Dash (prelims)
1. Brook Turner 55.96Q, 3. Evelyn Smith 56.86Q, 9. Hayley Huxtable 58.73

Women's Pole Vault
3. Cyrena Giordano 12-11.75P, 5. Katie Morgan 12-7.50, 7. Veronica Stimson 12-1.50

Men's Heptathlon 60-Meter Dash
6. Steven Conrad 2,960 points, 9. Kyle Mills-Bunje 2,909 points

Men's 3000-Meter Run
1. Mark Matusak 8:33.36

Men's 60-Meter Dash (prelims)
1. Kellan Patterson 6.91Q, 2. Nick Porter 6.99Q, 6. Thomas Mack 7.07Q

Men's 200-Meter Dash (prelims)
8. Nick Porter 22.38Q, 10. Kellan Patterson 22.48

Men's 400-Meter Dash (prelims)
4. Jake Hanson 48.65Q, 10. Tojsh Kennedy 50.44, 11. Keagan Wethington 50.89

Men's Shot Put
1. Craig Kent 57-2.25, 3. Martin Maric 52-1, 4. Patrick Kowalsky 49-0.25, 5. Miles Palacios 48-11.75

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