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Track: Big news from Olympian Alysia Montano

Former Cal star and Olympic 800-meter runner Alysia Montano shares her plans for 2014, including a big change in her life — a new training partner.

Trust me, checking out her blog, “Here and now . . . petaling along,” is worth a moment of your time. (Hint: scroll to the bottom for a cool photo!)

 

Posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2014
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Football: Track All-America honor to Muhammad

Cal freshman running back Khalfani Muhammad has earned high school All-America honors from Track and Field News, which named him the top-ranked 200-meter dash runner in 2013, according to the magazine’s current issue.

Muhammad, who attended Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, earned the award after victories at the Mt. SAC Relays and the California state meet and runnerup performances at Arcadia and the USA Junior championships, where he was the highest-finishing high school entry. His season-best time was 20.73 seconds.

Muhammad also was ranked third by magazine in the 100 meters, owing to victories at Arcadia, Mt. SAC and the California state meet. His best 100 time: 10.33, although he ran 10.22 wind-aided.

No other prep sprinter was ranked among the nation’s top-3 by Track and Field News.

Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
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Track and field: Montano fades to 4th

Former Cal star Alysia Montano led the 800-meter final at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships from the start Sunday, but couldn’t finish the job, fading to fourth place to miss a spot on the podium at Moscow by a scant .04 seconds.

Instead, teammate Brenda Martinez secured third place, becoming the first American woman to win a medal in the event since the world championships began in 1983.

“I just wanted to do what I do in practices. I have had phenomenal practices,” Montano said. “That last 50 meters, I wanted to show everyone what we’ve been doing in practice but I just didn’t have it.  I’m disappointed.”

Montano, fifth last summer at the London Olympics, took the lead from the outset and crossed the 400-meter mark in front at 56.06 seconds,

But Kenya’s Eunice Jepkoech Sum dashed to victory in a personal-best time of 1 minute, 57.38 seconds, followed by Russian Mariya Savinova, the defending Olympic champ, in 1:57.80.

Montano ran 1:57.95, finishing behind Martinez, whose time of 1:57.91 was a personal best.

Posted on Sunday, August 18th, 2013
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Track and Field: Montano into 800m final

Former Cal star Alysia Montano was the fastest qualifier into the finals of the 800 meters on Friday.

Montano made it easily into Sunday’s final by winning her heat in 1:58.92. She was in front by the 400-meter mark, crossing in 56.33.

U.S. teammate Brenda Martinez was second in the same heat at 1:59.03 and American Ajee Wilson qualified third from the other semifinal at 2:00.90. Defending Olympic champion Mariya Savinova of Russia also qualified for the final.

No American woman has won a medal in the 800 meters at the World Championships, which began in 1983.

Posted on Friday, August 16th, 2013
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Track and field: Montano wins heat at Worlds

Former Cal star Alysia Montano won her first-round heat of the 800 meters on Thursday morning at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships.

Montano, who was fifth in the event at the 2012 London Olympics, ran 1 minute, 59.47 seconds to qualify for Friday’s semifinals. She led from the start, clocking 57.02 for the opening 400.

“I’ve got to recover and get to the next round. This is not the part. The part is three days from now in the final. I feel good,” Montano said.

Montano is attempting to become the first U.S. woman to earn a medal in the 800 at the World Championships, which began in 1983. The 800 final is Sunday.

American Brenda Martinez also won her heat in 1:59.39 to advance. Defending Olympic champion Mariya Savinova qualified third out of that heat in 1:59.44.

All three U.S. runners advanced, with Ajee Wilson grabbing the third qualifying spot in her heat at 2:00.00.

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Another former Cal athlete, high jumper Inika McPherson, failed to advance to the final after scaling 6-foot-2 in the prelims.

Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
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Track and Field: Montano aims high at Worlds

Former Cal star Alysia Johnson Montano begins her quest Thursday to become the first American woman to medal in the 800 meters at the IAAF World Championships.

Montano, who was fourth in this event two years ago by a scant .06 seconds, is projected by the experts at Track and Field News to finish in that same slot at Moscow.

But her coach, Cal’s Tony Sandoval, believes she can exceed those expectations.

“I really expect her to run very well. I expect a PR from her,” he said. “Hopefully, she’s on the podium.”

Montano, 27, has a personal best of 1 minute, 57.34 seconds. She has broken 1:58 the past four years and has won five USA national titles.

At London last summer, she was fifth in the Olympic final.

But not since Kim Gallagher, with a silver at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, has an American woman won a medal at 800 meters in either of the two major international championships.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
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Track and field: Maric comes up short at Worlds

Former Cal star Martin Maric of Croatia failed to advance through qualifying on Monday in the discus competition at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Moscow.

Maric, 29, threw 203 feet, 4 inches and did not make the cut for the final. A senior at Cal in 2009, he threw nearly 14 feet short of his career best.

Posted on Monday, August 12th, 2013
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Track: Montano runs season-best in Paris

Ex-Cal star and 2012 Olympian Alysia Montano ran a season-best time of 1 minute, 57.75 seconds to finish third at an IAAF Diamond League meet in Paris on Saturday.

Her time is the fastest by an American this season, moves her to No. 3 on the 2013 world list and marks the fourth straight season Montano has run a sub-1:58 time.

World leader Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won in a time of 1:57.26.

Posted on Saturday, July 6th, 2013
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Track: Ex-Cal star Torrence runs swift 1,500m

Former Cal track star David Torrence ran the fastest 1,500-meter time by an American this year at a meet in Tomblaine, France.

Torrence clocked 3 minutes, 34.19 seconds to finish third in the race at the Stanislas de Nancy meet. The time converts to 3:51.3 for the mile — the same time Jim Ryun ran at Berkeley’s Edwards Stadium in 1966 to set the world record.

Torrence, 27, now sits alone at No. 20 on the all-time U.S. list for the 1,500.

In 2007, he broke Cal’s 50-year-old school record in the mile, running 3:58.62 to eclipse the mark of 3:58.7 set by Don Bowden in 1957 — a time that made him the first American to break the 4-minute barrier.

Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
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Track: Montano wins 4th straight USA crown

Former Cal star Alysia Montano became the first woman to win four straight 800-meter titles at the USA national track and field championships on Sunday at Des Moines, Iowa.

Fifth at the London Olympics last summer, Montano wants more at the IAAF World Championships at Moscow in August.

“I’ve been hoping for No. 1 for a really long time,” she said. “It’s about being patient. It will come. You’ve gotta remember it’s about the climb.”

Montano blasted to a huge lead by running 56.8 seconds for the first lap and held off a late push from Brenda Martinez to win in a season-best time of 1:58.67.

“I can’t see what’s happening behind me, I don’t have eyes in the back of my head, but I knew it was going to be a race and I was excited for it,” Montano said after winning her fifth national title.

Cal’s Ray Stewart bowed out in the semifinal round of the 110 hurdles, finishing seventh in his heat in a wind-aided time of 13.56.

Posted on Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
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