March 1, 2008
SEATTLE, Wash. - The California track and field team claimed four conference titles at the MPSF championships, Saturday at the Dempsey Indoor Track Facility. The Golden Bear men took second overall as a team, while the Cal women took fourth. Senior All-American Alysia Johnson set an MPSF record and the school indoor record when she won the 800-meter title. Besides Johnson, senior All-American Ed Wright won the high jump title, freshman Cherrelle Garrett won the 60-meter dash and Michael Coe won the 3000 meters.
"It's pretty exciting," said interim director of track and field Tony Sandoval. "We were hoping for the best; we knew all kinds of things could have happened. It was a great team effort. They adjusted through the ups and downs and it was all just really exciting to see. The 3000 and the relays really put the exclamation mark on the weekend."
Johnson took top honors in the 800 with a record-setting time of 2:03.39 and automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Wright won the high jump title with a mark of 2.21m (7-3.00). Garrett provisionally qualified with a personal-best time of 7.40 to win the 60-meter title. Coe won Cal's fourth conference title in the 3000, posting a lifetime-best mark of 7:59.75 and provisionally qualified for the indoor national championships. Finishing right behind him, and also notching a new PR, was sophomore Yosef Ghebray who finished with a provisional-qualifying time of 8:02.68.
Also provisionally qualifying for the indoor national championships were junior All-American high jumper Inika McPherson, senior shot putter Craig Kent, junior Steven Conrad and sophomore Kyle Mills-Bunje in the heptathlon and junior Kellan Patterson in the 60-meter dash. Kent, Conrad, Mills-Bunje and Patterson also reached new personal bests in those events.
The women's 4x400 relay consisting of Johnson and juniors Kandi Bonty, Mackenzie Pierce and Evelyn Smith provisionally qualified for the indoor national championships with a time of 3:39.73.
In yesterday's action, senior Thomas Mack once again broke the school indoor record in the 60-meter hurdles with a provisionally qualifying time of 7.89. The record he previously set was 7.94. Another indoor record set was in the men's 5000 meters. Freshman Kari Karlsson posted an Icelandic national record-setting time of 14:08.58 to provisionally qualify for the indoor national championships.
In the women's pole vault, freshman Allison Stokke set both the school indoor and freshman records with her mark of 13-1.00 (3.99m). Fellow teammate, junior Katie Morgan set the same mark, as both pole vaulter provisionally qualified for the indoor championships. Stokke and Morgan tied for third in the competition.
The men's distance medley relay, consisting of senior Andres Perezchica, juniors Mark Matusak and Jake Hanson and Coe, provisionally qualified with time of 9:38.39. The relay placed fourth in the race.
Cal returns to Seattle next Saturday for the Last Chance Meet at the Dempsey Indoor Track Facility.
Women's Weight Throw
Women's Shot Put
Women's 60-Meter Hurdles (prelims)
Women's 60-Meter Hurdles (finals)
Women's 60-Meter Dash (finals)
Women's Distance Medley Relay
Women's 4x400 Relay
Men's Weight Throw
Men's 60-Meter Hurdles (finals)
Men's 60 Meters (finals)
Men's 4x400 Meter Relay
Men's High Jump
Men's Triple Jump
Men's Distance Medley Relay
Women - Team Standings - 17 Events Scored