Bears Host Cal Multis, Travel to Pair of Bay Area Meets
March 23, 2010
THIS WEEK IN CAL TRACK & FIELD: Cal's outdoor track & field season picks up in earnest this week with three Bay Area meets on the schedule. The action gets underway Wednesday and Thursday when the Golden Bears host the Cal Multis at Edwards Stadium. Cal will then compete at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival Friday and the Stanford Invitational Friday and Saturday.
The Cal Multis will feature 54 entrants - 24 women in the heptathlon and 30 men in the decathlon. Each gender will compete in two groups. The first event - the Group B men's 100 meters - starts at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, with the final event of the day slated to go off at 5:15 p.m. On Thursday, events run from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Visit the track & field page at CalBears.com for a schedule and list of entrants. Results will be posted on the website, as well.
Junior Mike Morrison, who recently finished third in the indoor heptathlon at the NCAA championships with a school-record 5,826 points, and junior Kevin Kuechler will represent Cal in the decathlon. The Bears have no competitors in the heptathlon.
The SF State Distance Carnival, begun in 2008, will take place at Cox Stadium in San Francisco. Activities will occur throughout the day, but the exact schedule won't be posted until all entries are received. For a precise schedule and complete results, go to sfstategators.com.
The annual Stanford Invitational includes two full days of track & field. The meet opens with the men's javelin at 9 a.m. Friday and continues through the men's 10,000 meters scheduled for 10:48 p.m. that night. Saturday's collegiate events start at 9 a.m. with the women's hammer and last through the men's 4x400 relay at 4:12 p.m.
INDOOR SEASON RECAP: The Golden Bears set six school records during an indoor season that saw the men's squad finish in a tie for 17th at the NCAA championships and individuals grab four titles at the MPSF meet. Mike Morrison rewrote the school record book in the heptathlon, taking third place in the seven-event competition at the national meet with a total of 5,826 points. He also claimed the conference crown in February. Cal's distance medley relay of Mark Matusak, Tom Blocker, Sebastian Sam and Michael Coe also took home fourth place at NCAAs (9:38.19).
In addition to Morrison, Deborah Maier won the women's 3000 meters in a school-record 9:20.05 at the MPSF championships. She was joined on the victory platform by Matusak in the men's 3000 (9:59.67) and Patrick Kowalsky in the shot put (59-0.75).
Other school records to fall during the winter months were the men's mile (Matusak, 3:58.36), the women's 60 hurdles (Kimyon Broom, 8.30), the women's 5000 (Maier, 15:58.49) and the women's distance medley relay (11:19.93).
CAL MEN RANKED THROUGHOUT SEASON: The Cal men were ranked among the nation's top 25 each week during the 2010 indoor season, rising as high as 16th on three occasions. The Bears started the year 20th, and later jumped from 24th to 16th following their performance at the MPSF meet. The preseason outdoor poll will be released March 30.
Cal's Men's Indoor RankingsPreseason 20 Week 4 (Feb. 16) 22Week 1 (Jan. 26) 22 Week 5 (Feb. 23) 24Week 2 (Feb. 2) 16 Week 6 (March 2) 16Week 3 (Feb. 9) 16 Week 7 (March 9) 16 Source: USTFCCCA
PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CAL: California will host the 2010 Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field this spring. The decathlon and heptathlon will take place May 8-9, with the remaining events being contested May 15-16. Cal last played host to the meet in 2001. Check CalBears.com for more details, including event times and ticket information as the event gets closer.