March 7, 2013
BERKELEY = Cal record-holder Ray Stewart closes out the indoor track & field season for the Golden Bears with an appearance at the NCAA Championships this weekend in Fayetteville, Ark. Stewart will be competing in the men's 60-meter hurdles, with prelims set for Friday at 4:15 p.m. PT and the final on Saturday afternoon.
Stewart established the Cal mark in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.68 during the preliminary heats at the MPSF Championships two weeks ago in Seattle. He later finished second in the final in 7.78.
Back in action following a medical redshirt year due to a knee injury he sustained at the start of last season, Stewart captured the MPSF indoor 60-meter hurdles title and the Pac-10 outdoor 110-meter hurdles crown in 2011. He ranks second all-time on the Bears' list in the 110-meter event with a best of 13.48 seconds.
Also a two-time state junior college champion in the 110 hurdles while at Merritt College, Stewart ranks seventh in this year's NCAA 60-meter field. Only one other Golden Bear has scored in the sprint hurdles indoors - Rod Jett was fourth in the 55-meter hurdles in 1989.
The entire Cal team will be back in action for the Hornet Invitational in Sacramento March 16. The Bears will make their home debut with the 17th annual Cal Multis meet March 27-28. Other events scheduled for Edwards Stadium this spring include the Cal-Michigan-Virginia tri-meet April 6 and the Brutus Hamilton Open April 26-27.