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Track: Khalfani Muhammad 2nd in 200m at Jr nationals

Cal football recruit Khalfani Muhammad finished second on Friday in the 200-meter final at the USA Junior National Track and Field Championships at Des Moines, Iowa.

Muhammad, who was fifth in the 100 the day before, ran a wind-aided time of 20.97 seconds, finishing behind UC Riverside sophomore-to-be Just’N Tymes (tremendous name, huh?), who crossed in 20.61.

Muhammad ran 21.14 in the morning semifinals into a strong headwind before officials changed the direction sprinters would run in the final. Thus, his final time was aided by a 4.0 meters-per-second trailing wind.

The two-state California high school state meet champ in the 100 and 200, Muhammad will play running back for the Bears next fall.

Posted on Friday, June 21st, 2013
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Track: Khalfani Muhammad 5th at Jr. nationals

Incoming football freshman Khalfani Muhammad, the two-time 100- and 200-meter California high school state meet champ, finished fifth in the 100 Thursday at the USA Junior Nationals at Des Moines, Iowa.

Muhammad, who will play running back for the Bears in the fall, ran 10.87 seconds into a fierce wind of 4.8 meters per second, which translated to nearly 11 mph.

Meanwhile, ex-Cal star and Olympic finalist Alysia Montano ran the fastest prelim time in the women’s 800 at the senior meet at the same facility. Montano, gunning for her fourth straight national title, crossed in 2:01.96. She runs the semifinals on Friday.

Another Cal grad, David Torrence, grabbed the final non-automatic qualifying spot for the final of the men’s 1,500 meters — by a margin of 0.003 seconds. Torrence ran sixth in his heat, ninth overall, with a time of 3:41.70. The 1,500 final is Saturday.

Posted on Thursday, June 20th, 2013
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Track and field: Ex-Cal star Montano set for USAs

Former Cal star Alysia Montano begins her quest for a fourth straight USA outdoor title in the 800-meter run on Thursday at the national championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Montano, a fifth-place finisher at the London Olympics last summer, has run just once outdoors this season, clocking 1:59.43 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore.

She was beaten there by largely unheralded American Brenda Martinez, a 25-year-old UC Riverside grad, whose personal-best mark of 1:58.18 at Pre is the fastest by an American this season. Martinez will run in Heat 3 of the first round on Thursday.

Montano, set to run in Heat 4, has broken 1:58 each of the past three seasons. She has won a total of four USA outdoor titles: 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Semifinals are set for Friday with the finals on Sunday. The top three finishers qualify to represent the U.S. at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Aug. 10-18.

Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
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Track: Bears’ Payton 10th in NCAA long jump

Cal junior Malaina Payton finished 10th in the women’s long jump at the NCAA championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Payton leaped 20 feet, 7 inches on her second attempt, missing by 3/4 of an inch of advancing to the finals with nine others.

Cal’s 4×100-meter relay team of Julis Travis, Tom Blocker, Chad Jones and Dash Oliver finished seventh in its heat and 22nd overall with a time of 40.68. The Bears were competing in the 4×100 relay at the NCAA meet for the first time since 1977.

 

Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
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Track: Cal football signee Khalfani Muhammad defends CIF state 100m and 200m sprint titles

Man, is this kid fast.

Khalfani Muhammad, who will play football at Cal next fall, defended his 2012 CIF state meet titles in the 100 and 200 meters on Saturday at Clovis. And he wasn’t really challenged.

A 5-foot-8 senior at Notre Dame HS in Sherman Oaks, Muhammad equaled his personal best with a wind-legal 10.33-second clocking to win the 100. He came back to capture the 200 20.86, also a legal time.

Muhammad ranks third and fourth nationally among HS sprinters in the 100 and 200, respectively.

Earlier, he helped his team with a No. 9 seed and difficult outside lane position to a third-place finish in the 4×100 relay with a time of 41.01.

Posted on Saturday, June 1st, 2013
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Track: Ex-Cal star Montano 4th at Pre Classic, welcomes new star to spotlight

Former Cal star and 2012 Olympic finalist Alysia Montano finished fourth in the 800 meters at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., then helped young star Mary Cain celebrate a special performance.

Montano ran 1 minute, 59.43 seconds in her outdoor season debut. Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba won the race in a meet record and world season best time of 1:56.72.

Cain, a 17-year-old junior at Bronxville (N.Y.) High, finished fifth in 1:59.51 to set American junior and national high school records. Last month, Cain ran 4:04.62 to break the national high school record in the 1,500 by nearly 10 seconds.

After Saturday’s race, Montano embraced Cain, removed her trademark flower from her hair and pinned it on Cain.

On Friday night, former Cal star David Torrence ran sixth in an international mile field at Eugene, clocking 3:57.43.

Posted on Saturday, June 1st, 2013
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Football: Cal signee Muhammad blazes in SoCal

Cal football signee Khalfani Muhammad had another spectacular day on the track for Notre Dame HS of Sherman Oaks.

The senior two-sport star won both sprint events at the CIF Southern Section Masters meet at Cerritos College on Friday night in times that were spectacular, albeit wind-aided.

Muhammad, who will play running back for the Bears next fall, repeated as 100-meter champion, running 10.22 seconds, backed by a wind of 2.1 meters per second — barely over the allowable limit of 2.0. His time, while not eligible for record purposes, was faster than the Southern Section mark of 10.25 set by Hawthorne’s Henry Thomas in 1984.

It’s also faster than any wind-legal time run by a prep sprinter in the country this season, according to the website Dyestat.com.  Only five sprinters nationwide have run faster this season under any conditions.

In the 200, Muhammad ran a wind-legal 20.73 to break his own school record. It was the third-fastest legal time in the country this season by a high school runner and the fastest mark by a San Fernando Valley spring since 1987, when future Olympian Quincy Watts ran 20.50.

How fast are his times?

Consider that Muhammad’s 10.22 — if wind-legal — would rank No. 2 on Cal’s all-time career list for the 100. His 20.73 mark in the 200 would sit at No. 3 all-time.  

Muhammad will be the favorite in both events next weekend at the CIF State Meet in Clovis, where he will attempt to defend his titles in the two sprint races.

“I like being the favorite because there’s more pressure and that brings out the best in me,” Muhammad told the Los Angeles Times.

It  will be interesting to see how Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator Tony Franklin can utilize the speed that Muhammad and Brendan Bigelow bring to the field.

And whether Dykes will let Muhammad find his way to Edwards Stadium to run track for the Bears.

Posted on Sunday, May 26th, 2013
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Track: Bears’ Stewart earns NCAA bid

Senior Ray Stewart breezed to qualification for the NCAA track and field championships, winning his heat and posting the day’s fourth-fastest time at the NCAA West Preliminary meet at Austin, Texas.

Stewart, from James Logan HS and Merritt College, ran 13.65 seconds for the second-fastest wind-legal time of the day.

Senior Amanda Hunter qualified in the women’s triple jump with a wind-aided mark of 42 feet, 8 inches for 10th place. The top 12 qualified for the NCAA championships, June 5-8.  Earlier, Hunter also qualified in the long  jump.

Cal’s 4×100 men’s relay team of Julius Travis, Tom Blocker, Dash Oliver and Stewart ran fourth in 40.58, but moved up to third and a qualifying bid when Texas A&M was disqualified.

 

Posted on Saturday, May 25th, 2013
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Track: Stewart hurdles toward NCAA meet

Cal senior Ray Stewart ran 13.81 in his first-round heat of the 110-meter high hurdles on Friday, advancing to Saturday’s second round at the NCAA West Preliminary meet.

Stewart, from James Logan HS and Merritt College, had the fourth-fastest time of the day. He must finish among the top 12 on Saturday to advance to the June 5-8 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Due to bad weather, Friday’s meet at Austin, Texas, was running about three hours behind schedule.

Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013
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Track: Two Bears move through NCAA regionals

Cal long jumpers Hammed Suleman and Malaina Payton advanced to the NCAA track and field championships during the West Preliminary meet Thursday at Austin, Texas.

Suleman leaped 25 feet, 1 1/4 inches on his second attempt to qualify for the NCAA meet, June 5-8 at Eugene, Ore.  He won the Pac-12 meet two weeks ago with a personal-best jump of 25-11 1/2.

On Friday, Suleman will try to qualify in the triple jump, where he is seeded No. 1 in the West meet.

Payton jumped 20-11 3/4 on her third attempt, passed on her remaining tries and also qualified for the NCAA championships.

The West Preliminary meet runs through Saturday. 

 

Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
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