Preliminaries End At Cal-Nevadas; Finals Continue All Day Tomorrow
March 30, 2007
Fresno, Calif. - With 27 teams competing, Warmerdam Field saw a full day of action at the Cal-Nevada Championships. Claire Rethmeier and Alex Crabill of UCLA took the only meet titles on the day, winning the women's and men's 5000-meter runs. Fresno State remains in striking distance, qualifying 28 for tomorrow's finals.
In the jumping events, the pole vault remained a strength for Fresno State. Samantha Modeste and Andrea Greenman both cleared the qualifying height of 3.65m for the women, and the men sent three past the cut, as Andrew Pancotti, Ryan Rupcich and Roy Phelps all cleared the bar at 4.75m. Kellen Kennedy and DeAnte Brown both advanced to the second day in the long jump, and Brown also will compete tomorrow in the triple jump on the men's side.
The Fresno State throwers continued to impress. Katie Richardson qualified for the finals in three different events, passing the mark in hammer, javelin and discus. Joining her in the javelin was Mallory Webb, who had the top mark Friday with a 50.59m throw. In the hammer, Grace Weismann also had a big day, setting a personal best with a throw of 51.05m, good for a second day's worth of competition. For the men, Dave Endler also notched three finals appearances, taking spots in the shot put, discus and hammer throws. He'll be joined by a teammate in two of those events, as Oscar Rodriguez had the day's second highest mark in the shot put, and Brian Vazquez was the top Bulldog finisher in the hammer throw.
Out on the track, Ryan Moore qualified for the Regionals with a time of 51.85 in the 400m hurdles, recording the day's best time in that event while winning his heat. In the 400m, Juan Valdez won his heat to advance to the finals, and Durran Moore grabbed a spot in the 200m with a heat win. Frank Sanders and Aaron Berry had a good day in the middle distances, finishing 1-2 in their heat of the 800m to advance to tomorrow's action.
For the women, Renee Winston earned a spot in the final in the 400m, and Zinzi Evans won her heat in the 800m to advance to Saturday's final. Other final qualifiers included Marina Santana, who advanced in the 1500m, as well as Krystina Jackson who easily won her heat in the 100m hurdles. Two other hurdlers advanced for Fresno State, as Erica McCoy and T'Shara Hicks each qualified in the 400m hurdles as well.
Finals for all events except for the 5000m are scheduled for Saturday, with the field events kicking off with the men's hammer throw at 10 a.m. Action on the track begins at 2:15 with the women's and men's 4x100m relays.