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Track & Field Splits, Heads North And South

Feb 9, 2022

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BERKELEY – In their third week of competition, Cal track & field once again faces a multi-day slate of competition – times two – as they take on the Don Kirby Elite Invitational and the Husky Classic.

Both meets last from Feb. 11-12, with the Don Kirby Elite Invitational being held at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Husky Classic taking place at the Dempsey Indoor in Seattle.

The two meets will each feature several ranked opponents, including Arizona State (No. 19 men), Arkansas (No. 12 men, No. 3 women), BYU (No. 9 women), Colorado State (No. 21 women), New Mexico (No. 20 women), Northern Arizona (No. 5 men), Oklahoma State (No. 12 women), Texas A&M (No. 16 men, No. 6 women), USC (No. 21 men) and Washington (No. 24 men, No. 15 women).

The squad traveling from Berkeley to the Don Kirby Elite is primarily composed of Cal sprinters and jumpers, who will be looking to maintain their momentum from the WSU Open and Invitational last weekend. There, freshman David Foster won the Invitational men's 60m dash and in doing so tied for the second-fastest time in school history, while junior Asha Fletcher won the Open long jump and the Invitational triple jump contests, improving to fourth in program history in the latter. Sophomore Jazlynn Shearer won the Open 60m hurdles race, setting a new Podium record in the process.

"They're making good progress," said Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Robyne Johnson. "I'm hoping that they can continue that and improve week after week so that we can peak at regionals and then at nationals. I know they can all perform even better than what they've already shown."

That meet commences at 1:00 p.m. PT on Friday and at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Husky Classic, which features Cal's distance runners, will start at 2:00 p.m. on Friday and on 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

"I'm really looking forward to watching the team race," said assistant coach Bobby Lockhart, who leads the distance squad. "We haven't had the opportunity to test ourselves in a track competition this year, so this meet has been a long time coming for us to see where we are and hopefully get some qualifying times. We're looking pretty good in practice, so I'm happy with the work we've done so far."

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