Cal Names 2008 Team Captains
April 3, 2008
BERKELEY - California interim director of track and field Tony Sandoval selected the team captains for the 2008 season today. Four members of the men's team and four members of the women's team were chosen. The four Golden Bear men selected were seniors Ed Wright, Thomas Mack, Craig Kent and David Torrence. The four Cal women picked were seniors Alysia Johnson and Brook Turner, and juniors Tifani Grimes and Katie Morgan.
'They've been chosen because they have each exhibited a passionate dedication to track and field,' Sandoval said. 'Each of them had to overcome a variety of adversities in order to raise the level of excellence that they've demonstrated so far. They are people who can relate to all aspects of the team, in terms of leadership and interaction with their teammates and the community.'
Johnson, the 2007 NCAA outdoor and indoor 800-meter champion, achieved All-America honors for the sixth time in her collegiate career at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships, tying her for the track and field all-time number of career All-America honors in school history with Richie Boulet and Sheila Hudson. Morgan is one of the current indoor school record holders in the pole vault with a mark of 13-1.00 (3.99m). She has also regionally qualified with a mark of 12-11.50 (3.95m), set at last weekend's Sacramento State Nike Elite Meet.
Wright, the 2007 Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional champion in the high jump, also regionally qualified in the high jump at this year's Sac State Nike Elite meet with a mark of 7-0.50 (2.15m). Kent has regionally qualified in both the shot put and the discus. His mark of 55-5.75 (16.91m) in the shot put was enough to regionally qualify and take first at the Hornet Invitational on March 22. Mack, who won two 60-meter-hurdle races during the indoor campaign, has also regionally qualified in the 110-meter hurdles, earning the honor at the Sac State Nike Elite meet.
Cal continues the outdoor season today, hosting day two of the Cal Multi Event at Edwards Stadium, as well as participating in the first day of the Texas Relays, which lasts through Saturday. The Bears will also compete in the Stanford Invitational from April 4-5