Morgan Breaks School Record At NCAA West Regionals

May 30, 2008

NORTHRIDGE - Behind junior Katie Morgan's record-setting performance in the pole vault, California got off to a good start at the NCAA West Regional today at the Matador Track Complex on the campus of Cal State Northridge. The Cal men ended day-one action in fourth place with 16.50 points. The Cal women finished Friday's competition in eighth place with eight points.

Morgan posted the new school record again with a mark of 13-11.75 (4.26m), which ranks seventh in the nation. She surpassed her old mark of 13-9.25. Morgan took second overall and will advance to the NCAA Championships. Morgan earned eight points for the Cal women with her performance.

Senior All-American Alysia Johnson continued her quest to repeat as the NCAA champion in the 800 meters. She qualified for tomorrow's final with a time of 2:07.85 in today's preliminary race.

Freshman Cherrelle Garrett clocked a new personal best in the 100, logging a time of 11.41 to advance to tomorrow's final. Garrett's time also tied for the second best in the Pac-10. She already held the second-best time in school history with her previous personal best of 11.44. Garrett also qualified for tomorrow's final in the 200 after recording a time of 23.91 in today's prelims.

On the men's side, both junior Martin Maric and sophomore Ryan Young qualified for the NCAA Championships in the javelin. Young took second with a mark of 229-09 (70.03m), while Maric finished in fifth with a mark of 220-03 (67.14m). Young earned eight points and Maric earned four.

Senior All-American Ed Wright also advanced to the NCAA Championships in the high jump. Wright took fourth and posted a mark of 6-11 (2.11m). Wright earned 4.50 points for the Bears in the process.

Among the other Bears who advanced to tomorrow's finals were junior Jake Hanson in the 400-meter hurdles, junior Evelyn Smith in the women's 400-meter hurdles, the men's 4x100-meter relay, senior David Torrence and junior Mark Matusak in the 1500 and senior Thomas Mack in the 110-meter hurdles.

The NCAA West Regional concludes tomorrow.

California Results
Women's Pole Vault

2. Katie Morgan 13-11.75 (4.26m), 14. Allison Stokke 12-6.00 (3.81m), 20. Theresa Raub 12-6.00 (3.81m)

Women's 100-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
18. Kimyon Broom 1:10.15

Women's 100 Meters (Prelims)
1. Cherrelle Garrett 11.41Q

Women's 200 Meters (Prelims)
4. Cherrelle Garrett 23.91Q

Women's 800 Meters (Prelims)
3. Alysia Johnson 2:07.85Q, Mackenzie Pierce DNF

Women's 400-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
3. Evelyn Smith 59.50Q

Men's Javelin
2. Ryan Young 229-09 (70.03m), 5. Martin Maric 220-03 (67.14)

Men's High Jump
4. Ed Wright 6-11 (2.11m)

Men's Shot Put
15. Craig Kent 56-4.00 (17.17m)

Men's 4x100-Meter Relay (Prelims)
6. Kellan Patterson, Michael Bradley, Nick Porter, Thomas Mack 40.51Q

Men's 1500 Meters (Prelims)
4. David Torrence 3:47.13Q, 6. Mark Matusak 3:47.25Q

Men's 110-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
4. Thomas Mack 13.77Q, 11. Jordan Paul 14.20

Men's 800 Meters (Prelims)
10. Sean Carey 1:50.69, 13. Andres Perezchica 1:51.41

Men's 400-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
7. Jake Hanson 51.40Q

Men's 5000 Meters
9. Yosef Ghebray 14:23.45, 14. Kari Karlsson 14:48.65

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