BERKELEY – California is hosting the Brutus Hamilton Challenge and Open this weekend at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley, Calif. Entrants from 17 four-year universities as well as select clubs around the country will be competing in the Open and Challenge portion of the meet on Friday and Saturday. Saturday's Challenge is a four-way scoring meet that could potentially see the Bears men's team solidify themselves as the number one dual meet team in the country, should they come out on top.
The men’s team is currently ranked first in the Track & Field News Dual Rankings, and 25th in the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings. In the past the Brutus Hamilton has not been a scoring meet, which is the largest change of this historic meet.
Friday's Open meet is non-scoring, with the exception of events that are not being held in Saturday's Challenge meet (3000-meter steeplechase, 5000-meters, hammer and javelin). Saturday's four-way scoring meet will be between Cal, Utah State, Oklahoma and the 2014 Mountain West Indoor champions (both men and women), New Mexico.
California is coming off of a light weekend last week that saw 11 participate in the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., where sophomores Randy Bermea (400-meter hurdles) and Jonte Grant (triple jump) both set PR’s. Prior to that, the Golden Bears swept the 120th edition of the Big Meet against Bay Area rival Stanford for the first time since 2000.
When: Friday and Saturday What: Brutus Hamilton Challenge and Open Where: Berkeley, Calif. Site: Edwards Stadium Events begin: Friday: Field, 8:30 a.m.; Running, 12:30 p.m. Saturday: Field, 10 a.m.; Running, 12:40 p.m.