Morgan Captures NCAA Title At NCAA Championships
June 13, 2008
DES MOINES, Iowa -
After breaking the school record in the pole vault numerous times in 2008, junior Katie Morgan capped off her tremendous season by winning the NCAA title in that event Friday at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. It was a pretty successful day for the Golden Bears as junior Martin Maric and the women's 4x100 relay also earned All-America honors.
'This is such an amazing feeling, it hasn't sunk in yet,' Morgan said. 'The hard work paid off, I'm still in shock. I wanted to finish in the top eight and become an All-American, which was my first goal. I knew I had a chance if I did everything right. I took a stab at it and I won. It's a dream come true.'
Morgan won the national title with a mark of 13-9.25 (4.20m). Three other vaulters earned the same mark, but Morgan was the only one who did not have a miss through the first four rounds. Morgan also earned All-America honors for the first time in her career.
'Katie has been one of the most consistent pole vaulters in the country this last month,' said director of track and field Tony Sandoval. 'With the way NCAAs go, anything can happen. It was just unbelievable. This is a magnificent thing for her and for the team. She did it because of her consistency.'
After setting a then-season best time of 44.56 in the semifinals, Cal's 4x100-meter relay clocked the second-best time in school history at 44.32. The relay, consisting of sophomore Kimyon Broom, junior Kandi Bonty, junior Kristin Holmes and freshman Cherrelle Garrett, earned All-America honors after placing eighth.
Maric earned All-America honors for the second time in his collegiate career. He recorded a mark of 185-10 (56.64m) in the discus, taking eighth overall.
Also competing was senior All-American Ed Wright. Wright ended his collegiate career at Cal with a 14th-place finish in the high jump with a mark of 6-10.75 (2.10m).
'This is a relay where everybody is coming back,' Sandoval said. 'Although they are young, they kept their cool. They did a great job. Martin did a great job in the discus. The winds were not favorable out there, and it caused havoc for some of the throwers. Although he didn't place as high as he would have liked, he did a great job. Ed has been solid for us year in and year out, and we're proud of him no matter what. He is going to have a great career.'
The NCAA Championships conclude tomorrow. The only Cal athlete who will compete tomorrow is senior David Torrence, who will run in the 1500-meter final tomorrow at 2:24 p.m. (PT).
Women's Pole Vault (Final)
1. Katie Morgan 13-9.25 (4.20m)
Women's Triple Jump (Prelims)
Cassandra Strickland Foul
Men's Discus (Final)
8. Martin Maric 185-10 (56.64m)
Men's High Jump (Final)
14. Ed Wright 6-10.75 (2.10m)
California Results From Thursday
Women's 800 Meters (Semifinals)
Alysia Johnson DNS
Men's 400-Meter Hurdles (Semifinals)
11. Jake Hanson 50.68
California Results From Wednesday
Women's Pole Vault (Prelims)
1. Katie Morgan 13-5.25 (4.10m)Q
Women's 800 Meters (Prelims)
3. Alysia Johnson 2:06.71Q
Women's 100 Meters (Prelims)
23. Cherrelle Garrett 12.08
Women's 400-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
26. Evelyn Smith 1:02.28
Men's Javelin (Prelims)
18. Ryan Young 204-01 (62.20m)
Men's Discus (Prelims)
3. Martin Maric 189-07 (57.80m)Q
Men's High Jump (Prelims)
1. Ed Wright 7-0.25 (2.14m)Q
Men's 400-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
16. Jake Hanson 51.09Q