Carter Jumps To All-American Honors

Junior Antonette Carter jumped her way into the Cal Track & Field record books by placing seventh in the women's NCAA long jump finals in Sacramento last night and achieving "All-American" honors with her very first mark of 20-05.75

Carter had a very busy afternoon as she ran quarterfinal and semi-final rounds in the 200m, qualifying to move into the finals on Saturday night with yet another school record of 23.16. This performance all but assured the unflappable junior from Concord, California All-American honors, but there was more to come as nightfall fell on Hornet Stadium. After the first round of the long jump finals which began at 9pm, Carter sat in seventh with one jump left to go in the round. Her 20-05.75 on her final jump of the round put her in fifth place in the competition. After failing to improve again on her fourth jump with a 20-04.50, Carter skipped her fifth in order to make some adjustments and prepare for a better jump on her sixth and final attempt.

Unfortunately, Carter missed the board on her final attempt and wound-up jamming the ankle of her take-off foot, hobbling out of the back of the pit on one foot and collapsing to the infield. Quite typical of the always charasmatic Carter, there was no doubt that she had left everything on the track, with absolutely nothing left in the tank. Antonette would have to settle for finishing 7th overall, yet become Cal's first All-American of the meet. As of press time Carter was heading to a local hospital for a precautionary x-ray but was expected to return to the meet for the 200m finals on Saturday night after lots of ice and rest.

Tennessee's Tianna Madison won the long jump competition with an outrageous jump of 21-10.25, followed by Marshevet Hooker of Texas in second at 21-08 in what was a very tight competition.

Back on the track, Cal freshman 800m sensation Alysia Johnson was sitting in last place with 250m left in the semi-finals of the women's 800m when she hit the afterburners and exploded down the front-stretch in lane one, blowing past the pack of runners who were all bunched up jockeying for position in lanes two and three for third place; good enough to make the finals in 2:05.49. The 2004 California State High School Champion in 2:08.97, Johnson heads into Saturday's 800m final with yet another personal best for the second consecutive day.

Although today's competition will see mostly semi-final action on the track, Cal senior David Glasgow will be competing in the finals of the high jump competition along with junior and Pac-10 champion in the javelin, Paul Teinert. Freshman Cassandra Strickland competes in the triple jump and senior All-American Brooke Meredith begins Day 1 of the women's heptathlon in which she is currently ranked 15th in the nation with 5,446 points.

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