Cal Gears Up For California Relays and Pac-10 Multis

May 6, 2008


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This Week
The California track and field team competes in the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships from Friday, May 9, to Saturday, May 10, in Tempe, Ariz., as well as in the 67th Coca-Cola California Relays on Saturday. The California Relays begin with the women's pole vault at 10 a.m. and conclude with the men's 400 meters at 6 p.m. The Pac-10 Multis kick off first-day action on Friday with the 100-meter hurdles at 4 p.m. and on Saturday with the 110-meter hurdles at 3:30 p.m. The day's events conclude at 10 p.m. on both days with the men's 400 meters on Friday and the men's 1500 meters on Saturday. The tentative meet schedule for the California Relays can be found here. The tentative schedule for the Pac-10 Championships can be found here.

Morgan Breaks School Record at Payton Jordan Qualifier
Junior Katie Morgan once again set the school record in the women's pole vault on May 4 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Qualifier Morgan posted a mark of 13-6.25 (4.12m), surpassing her old record-setting mark of 13-5.75. Morgan's first-place finish was one of 11 event victories that California posted.
Junior Artensia Young and sophomore Mercedes Marchbanks each notched NCAA regional-qualifying marks and personal bests in the women's triple jump. Young posted a score of 41-6.00 (12.65m), which also ranks fifth best in school history, while Marchbanks recorded a 40-9.75 (12.44m), the eighth-best mark in school history.
Freshman Cherrelle Garrett clocked a regional-qualifying time in the women's 200 meters, earning a time of 23.88, a new personal best and the seventh-best score on Cal's all-time list.
The Cal men, currently ranked No. 24, also had success in the hurdles, as junior Jordan Paul notched a new personal best in the 110-meter hurdles. Paul recorded Cal's fifth-best time in school history in the 110-meter hurdles at 13.78.
Junior Mark Matusak recorded Cal's best 1500-meter time of the season, as he clocked a regional-qualifying time of 3:42.69.

Last Year's Modesto Relays
Cal was successful last year at the 66th Coca-Cola Modesto Relays. In the women's pole vault, Taylor Franklin notched an 11-05.75 (3.50m) and Theresa Raub posted a 10-11.75 (3.35m). On the men's side in the pole vault, Ryan Shuler finished fifth with his mark of 16-06.75 (5.05m).
Senior Kelechi Anyanwu also competed in the discus throw finishing ninth with her mark of 176-10 (53.89m). Inika McPherson also competed in the high jump posting a 5-10.00 (1.78m), finishing third.

Last Year's Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships
Cal's Steven Conrad and Tifani Grimes finished seventh in their respective events at last year's Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships.
Conrad earned two points for the Bears' men's team, finishing with 6565 points in the decathlon. The Grass Valley, Calif., native finished second in the 100 meters at 11.07, and was clocked at 15.39 in the 110-meter hurdles and 4:47.26 in the 1500. Conrad won the 400 with his time of 49.10. He also threw the shot put 41-01.00 (12.52m) and tossed the discus 123-09 (37.72m). In the long jump, Conrad finished at 22-11.00 (6.98m), and in the high jump he hit 6-3.50 (1.92m). Conrad threw the javelin 172-11 (52.72m), finishing second.
Grimes finished the heptathlon with 4972 points, also scoring two points for the Cal women's team. On the track, Grimes was timed at 15.07 in the 100-meter hurdles, 26.83 in the 200 meters and 2:29.48 in the 800. Grimes jumped 5-07.75 (1.72m) in the high jump and 17-09.75 (5.43m) in the long jump. She tossed the shot put 37-04.5 (11.39m) and threw the javelin 108-07 (33.10m).

Regional Qualifiers
Cal currently has 40 NCAA regional qualifiers, picking up four more last weekend at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Qualifier. Some of the regional qualifiers include, 2007 NCAA outdoor and indoor national champion Alysia Johnson in the 800, 2007 All-American Ed Wright (high jump), senior Craig Kent who has qualified in both the shot put and the discus, 2007 All-American Cassandra Strickland in the triple jump, 2007 All-American David Torrence in the mile and the 1500, freshman pole vaulter Allison Stokke, current school record holder in the women's pole vault at 13-6.25 (4.12m) Katie Morgan, junior Kandi Bonty in the 400 meters and three of the women's relays (two 4x100, one 4x400) have also regionally qualified.

Lewy Headed To Beijing
Cal track and field assistant coach Magdalena Lewy placed second in the women's marathon in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials on April 20 in Boston, Mass. With the second-place finish, Lewy will be headed to Beijing, China, for the Olympics later this summer, as the top three runners qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team. Lewy, who is in her seventh season coaching at Cal, clocked a lifetime-best 2:30:19 to take second overall.
Lewy led for most of the race before she was passed by eventual-winner Deena Kastor at the 2:15 mark. She was in first from the start until the 24th mile of the 26-mile-plus race. Despite losing the top spot, Lewy still held a strong lead over the competitors in third and fourth place, ensuring her spot on the Olympic team.

Morgan Vaulting To New Heights
Katie Morgan has been having an excellent season for Cal thus far. The Tempe, Ariz., native has made setting the new school record in the women's pole vault seem like a standard procedure in 2008. Last weekend at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Qualifier, Morgan posted a mark of 13-6.25 (4.12m), surpassing her old record-setting mark of 13-5.75. Morgan has now taken top honors in her last four competitions.
At the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, she took first in the pole vault, earning a mark of 13-1.75 (4.01m) to claim top honors. Morgan also took the top spot at the Big Meet when she set the new school record that had previously been set earlier this year by teammate Allison Stokke. Morgan surpassed Stokke's mark of 13-3.50 with her score of 13-5.75. Morgan's score was also a Big Meet record.
During the indoor season, Morgan provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the pole vault, as she set a then-PR of 13-1.00 (3.99m) at the MPSF Indoor Championships and that mark also set the school indoor record. She achieved the same mark again later during the indoor season at the Washginton Last Chance Meet.

Women's Triple Jumpers Leading the Way
After the performances last weekend by Artensia Young and Mercedes Marchbanks, the Cal women have four regional qualifiers in the triple jump. Led by Cassandra Strickland, who has only competed once this season but leads the group with a mark of 41-9.75 (12.74m), Young and Marchbanks joined Strickland and Tracey Stewart as regional qualifiers in the event. Strickland competed at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational on April 26.
Young posted a mark of 41-6.00 (12.65m), which is also the fifth best in school history, while Marchbanks recorded a 40-9.75 (12.44m), the eighth-best mark in school history. Both of the marks were personal bests for Young and Marchbanks.
At the Texas Relays on April 5, Stewart tallied a mark of 40-5.50 (12.33m) to become the first women's triple jump regional qualifier of the season.

Garrett Named Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week
Freshman Cherrelle Garrett was named the Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Week, as announced by the conference earlier this season. Garrett earned the honor after her performances at the Big Meet on April 12. This was the first Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Week award for Cal in 2008.
Garrett was a three-time winner against Stanford. She was victorious in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and ran the final leg of the first-place 4x100-meter relay. Garrett's time in the 100 meters was a regional-qualifying time of 11.51, was a freshman record and ranks her second all-time at Cal in that event. She also set a new PR in the 200 at 24.01. The 4x100 relay clocked a season-best, regional-qualifying time of 45.03.

Twelve Bears Garner Academic All-MPSF Honors
Twelve members of the California track and field team earned spots on the Academic All-MPSF team, the conference office announced on April 21. The MPSF awarded six Cal men and six Cal women academic honors. The honorees on the list are Kandi Bonty, Tifani Grimes, Pippa MacDonald, Katie Morgan, Mackenzie Pierce, Daisy Van Ravenswaay, Donny Appanaitis, Sean Carey, Jake Hanson, Patrick Kowalsky, Martin Maric and Mark Matusak.

Up Next
Following this week's action, Cal will return to Tempe, Ariz., for the Pac-10 Outdoor Championships from May 16-17.

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 numerous 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.

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