March 13, 2001
SEATTLE--The Washington men's and women's track teams begin an eight-day visit to California featuring two scored meets against Pac-10 rivals, Friday.
The Huskies will face off against UCLA, Washington State and Cal at the Cal Quad meet in Berkeley, Calif., Saturday in the UW teams' first Pac-10 competition of the outdoor season.
"It is a heck of a way to open your outdoor season," head coach Orin Richburg said. "We have had two low-key meets and now we are going to find out where our kids stand as far as their competitiveness and their ability levels.
"On the women's side, we are going against UCLA, who won the NCAA championships indoors, and Washington State's women who are also very good (along with the Cal women). On the men's side, we will face UCLA, who is a perennial champion and has shown toughness outdoors, and a very balanced Cal team (along with Washington State). It is going to be a good test for us to see where we stand and what kind of improvements we are going to have to make down the line in order to be successful in the Pac-10."
Twenty-two women and 30 men will make the trek to California for the spring trip, which includes the stop in Berkeley and then a meet the following weekend against UC-Davis, Nevada, Chico State and Cal in Davis, Calif.
Competition at the Cal Quad meet begins with the men's hammer at 9:30 a.m. The first running event is the women's 5000m at 12:30 p.m., with the last events being the 4x400m relays at 4:05 p.m. Last year in Los Angeles, the Cal men defeated UCLA, 99.5-97.5, and lost to UW, 100-99. The Cal women tied UW, 91.5-91.5 and lost to UCLA, 116-70.
Full results from the Cal Quad meet will be available on the Cal website: www.calbears.com.