Senior Charnell Price won the 100-meter and 200-meter dash in Cal's Outdoor Opener Saturday

Bears Open Outdoor Season at Edwards

Men won the meet over UC Davis, USF and Stanford, while the women finished second
By Cal Athletics on Sat, March 08, 2014

BERKELEY – The California Golden Bears began their outdoor season on Saturday at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley in the California Outdoor Opener, coming away with 19 individual event titles. The Bears men won the scoring meet with 157.50 points, while the women placed second with a total of 114 points, just two behind UC Davis. Redshirt junior CJ Nwuzi set a new PR in the hammer throw with a mark of 175-7 (53.51m), as did sophomore Grace Beaudoin in the high jump, clearing a height of 5-8.75 (1.75m). Redshirt senior Maurice Valentine, Jr. shattered his own PR in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking a 14.70, and fellow redshirt senior Dash Oliver set a new personal best in the 200-meter dash, with a time of 21.93. Junior transfer Joost de Jong also set a personal best in the 400-meter hurdles, with a time of 48.84, winning the event. Redshirt sophomore Jonte Grant (long jump, triple jump) and senior Charnell Price (100-meter dash and 200-meter dash) each captured a pair of event titles.

"It was great to come out to the opening meet with some glorious weather," Director of track & field Tony Sandoval said on Saturday afternoon. "I think the kids really embraced all that and we certainly had some bright spots. Some of our student-athletes from the indoor season didn’t compete today, and for others, it was a good chance to get their feet wet and I thought it was very good for an early season meet." 

The field events opened the day for the outdoor season, and California showed very well early. On the men’s side, Scott Esparza won the hammer throw with a mark of 205-1, while his teammate Nwuzi set a new personal best, breaking his previous mark of 173-3, set on April 6, 2013. Redshirt senior Derek White claimed the discus title with a throw of 185-2 (56.44m), only slightly shy of his personal best of 187-6 set back in 2012. Nwuzi placed second, while teammate and freshman Brenden Song finished third in his debut, posting a mark of 169-5 (51.65m).

Grant won the long jump with a mark of 22-3.75 (6.80m), as well as the triple jump, with a leap of 49-2.50 (15.00m). The Bears did well in the high jump also, as senior Nick Ridge captured the title with a clearance of 7-0.50 (2.15m), Sophomore teammate Noel Frazier placed right behind him, clearing a height of 6-10.75 (2.10m). Additionally junior Evan Barr, coming off of a knee injury, cleared a height of 15-5.75 in the pole vault, placing him second.

Redshirt senior Malaina Payton claimed the women’s long jump, with a first-meet leap of 20-0.25 (6.10m). In addition, Beaudoin broke her previous best mark of 5-8.00, set indoors earlier this season, by clearing a height of 5-8.75 (1.75m) on her way to the event title.  

On the track, it was Price’s day, winning both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash, respectively. Her time of 11.61 was just one hundredth of a second behind her legal PR in the 100-meters and won the 200-meters with a time of 23.72 as well. Her 100-meter victory saw her defeat 2013 NCAA qualifier Ashley Marshall, a junior from UC Davis by seven hundredths of a second. Valentine, Jr. set a new PR in the 110-meter hurdles, eclipsing his previous best of 15.03 on Saturday, with a time of 14.70, finishing third in the event. Oliver bested his previous PR of 22.02 in the 200-meters, by registering a 21.93, taking fourth place on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Randy Bermea was certainly active on Saturday, winning the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.90, placing second in the 110-meter hurdles with a mark of 14.57 and running his fastest 4x400-meter leg this year at 47.3. Freshman Khalfani Muhammad impressed as well, improving from his indoor season in the 200-meter with a time of 21.75, and anchored the come-from-behind win in the 4x100 meter relay.

Redshirt junior Jordan Locklear continued his good form from the indoor season by winning the men’s 1500-meter run on Saturday as well, with a time of 3:45.65. That time, along with junior Sydney Gray’s 4:27.21 were tremendous starts, as both of those marks were NCAA regional qualifying marks. Junior Chris Walden also set a PR in the 1500-meter, placing second behind Locklear with a time of 3:47.76.

Three Golden Bears will be in action at the NCAA Indoor Championships next week in Albuquerque; Chioma Amaechi (weight throw), Suleman (long jump and triple jump) and Milan Ristic (60-meter hurdles). The next outdoor meet is slated for Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21, when the Bears host the 18th annual Cal Multi’s.

Cal Outdoor Opener
Edwards Stadium/Berkeley, Calif.

California Results

100-meters – 3. Khalfani Muhammad 10.82, 5. Hammed Suleman 10.99, 6. Cameron Roach 11.04, 8. Austin Harper 11.11, 10. Julius Travis 11.22

110-meter hurdles – 2. Randy Bermea 14.57, 3. Maurice Valentine, Jr. 14.70 4. Marsalis Gibson 14.91

200-meters – 2. Khalfani Muhammad 21.75, 4. Dash Oliver 21.93, 6. Kyle Ezold 22.03, 7. Marsalis Gibson 22.53

400-meters – 1. Joost de Jong 48.84, 2. Kyle Ezold 49:38, 4. Ivan Gonzalez 50.48, 6. Andrew Cruikshank 51.52

400-meter hurdles – 1. Randy Bermea 51.90, 4. Joost de Jong 56.04

800-meters – 2. Eugene Hamilton 1:51.61, 4. Josh Lewis 1:55.12, 7. Evan Malone-White 1:57.88, Jordan Locklear DNF

1500-meters – 1. Jordan Locklear 3:45.65, 2. Chris Walden 3:47.76, 4. Thomas Joyce 3:51.48, 5. Trent Brendel 3:52.22, 6. Kristian Martinez 3:53.98, 10. William Contreras, Evan Malone-White DNF

2000-meter Steeplechase – 1. Jeff Schaeffer 6:19.53, 2. Edward Trim 6:23.67

3000-meters – 5. Yohaness Estifanos 8:38.84

4x100m relay – 1. Daniel Davis, Dash Oliver, Julius Travis, Khalfani Muhammad 41.03, 3. Austin Harper, Maurice Valentine, Jr., Marsalis Gibson, Cameron Roach 42.62

4x400m – 2. Kyle Ezold, Joost de Jong, Eugene Hamilton, Randy Bermea 3:14.98, 3. California ‘B’ 3:23.69

Long Jump – 1. Jonte Grant 22-3.75 (6.80m)

Triple Jump – 1. Jonte Grant 49-2.50 (15.00m)

High Jump – 1. Nick Ridge 7-0.50 (2.15m), 2. Noel Frazier 6-10.75 (2.10m)

Pole Vault – T-2. Evan Barr 15-5.75 (4.72m), 5. Andrew Cruikshank 13-0.25 (3.97m)

Hammer Throw – 1. Scott Esparza 205-1 (62.51m), 3. Derek White 194-1 (59.17m), 4. Isaac Dan 193-7 (59.01m), 6. CJ Nwuzi 175-7 (53.51m), 8. Brenden Song 158-2 (48.20m)

Shot Put – 2. Matthew Esparza 51-11.75 (15.84m), 4. Cody Bickham 51-6.25 (15.70m)

Discus – 1. Derek White 185-2 (56.44m), 2. CJ Nwuzi 176-11 (53.93m), 3. Brenden Song 169-5 (51.65m), 7. Cody Bickham 144-8 (44.10m), 8. Andrew Cruikshank 136-5 (41.59m)

Team Score: 1. California 157.50, 2. UC Davis 132, 3. USF 32, 4. Stanford 23.50 (limited roster)

100-meters – 1. Charnell Price 11.61, 3. Malaina Payton 11.99

100-meter hurdles – 3. Ashley Cooke 15.53

200-meter – 1. Charnell Price 23.72, 6. Khala Taylor 25.40

400-meters – 3. Arielle Stevenson 57.43, 6. Khala Taylor 58.29

800-meters – 2. Marissa Scott 2:16.12, 3. Katherine Haysbert 2:17.57

1500-meters – 1. Sydney Gray 4:27.21, Mariel Mendoza DNF, Molly Babcock DNF

2000-meter Steeplechase – 1. Megan Bordes 7:04.90

3000-meters – 3. Sydney Gray 9:42.85, 7. Heather Cerney 10:11.60, 8. Mariel Mendoza 10:35.67, 9. Molly Babcock 10:40.49

4x400-meter relay – 2. Tiarra Pittman, Arielle Stevenson, Marissa Scott, Katherine Haysbert 3:56.20

Long Jump – 1. Malaina Payton 20-0.25 (6.10m)

High Jump – 1. Grace Beaudoin 5-8.75 (1.75m), 3. Christine Canning 5-3.00 (1.60m), 4. Tara Lookabaugh 5-3.00 (J1.60m), T-6. Jaci Powell 5-1.00 (1.55m)

Pole Vault – 1. Victoria Rische 12-6.00 (3.81m), 4. Emma McCarthy 12-0.00 (J3.66m), T-5. Nicole Larson 11-7.00 (3.53m)

Javelin – 1. Jaci Powell 127-0 (38.71m), 2. Khala Taylor 101-6 (30,93m)

Hammer Throw – 3. Maggie Simpson 165-3 (50.37m)

Team Score: 1. UC Davis 116, 2. California 114, 3. USF 60, 4. Stanford 32 (limited roster)


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