Results tagged “Track and Field” from California


For any of you who have faithfully checked the blog this week only to find no new activity, I'm here to offer my deepest apologies.

If you have been with the Bear Blog from the beginning, you remember that I am currently in the process of writing an honors thesis on the polarization of the American news media. Having turned in a 42-page rough draft this week (with the final draft due on May 5), well, things have been a bit crazy on my end.

We'll be back with more complete coverage of Cal sports after the holiday weekend. If you are staying in Berkeley, I would suggest you check out the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, softball's series with rival Stanford and the first ever Swim With Mike event at Spieker Pool.


Last night the International House on the east side of the Berkeley campus was overtaken by Cal athletes past and present adorned in their zebra-striped varsity sweaters. The Big C Society hosted the banquet in honor of this year's graduating seniors.

This particular class of athletes, according to athletic director Sandy Barbour, delivered eight national titles for the Bears, 46 more individual titles and countless Pac-10, MPSF and Nor-Pac crowns as well.

"You were part of arguably the most successful era in Cal sports history," said Barbour from the lectern. "Our primary message to you is one of thanks, as your accomplishments were nothing short of remarkable. We recognize that these achievements came as a result of much sacrifice."

Along with Barbour, pole vaulter Allison Stokke and Nathan Adrian, Cal swimming's resident Olympic gold medalist, addressed the crowd. The special guest speaker was none other than Joe Starkey, who you might recognize as the voice behind this call.

While the banquet was recognizing the finish of an era of Cal athletics, not all of the athletes are done competing for the blue and gold.

"I had five minutes to get dressed after practice today," golfer Pia Halbig said. "We leave for the Pac-10 Championships this weekend."

Even still, there was much to celebrate last night as yet another group of student athletes prepares to graduate from what Barbour described as "the preeminent public university in the nation."

You can see photos from the event below.

Athletes past and present, including these members of the 2011 rugby team, wore their zebra-striped varsity sweaters to the event.

Athletic director Sandy Barbour addressing the banquet just before dinner.

Host Chris Carpenter was a man of many outfits on the night, including this shirt celebrating the reinstatement of Cal baseball.

He also celebrated the achievements of the Cal rugby team.

National champion and Olympic medalist Nathan Adrian served as one of the student speakers on the night.


The Cal track and field team will leave tomorrow morning for Seattle to compete in the MPSF Indoor Championships at the University of Washington. This meet will conclude the indoor regular season for the Bears.

I was on hand for Cal's practice this afternoon and learned something new. With over 100 athletes on the roster, it is impossible for everyone to practice at the same time. While I suppose that this should have been common sense, it was news to me.

So when I arrived at Edwards Stadium this afternoon I wasn't greeted by a bustling crowd of athletes fighting for lanes on the track, but instead a quiet and subdued group enjoying an absolutely beautiful afternoon.

Regardless, I took a few pictures to give Bear Blog readers a glimpse of the Cal track and field team before they head to Seattle. Check those photos out below.

A few Cal athletes make use of the beautiful weather at Edwards Stadium.

Goldman Field and Edwards Stadium soak in today's sunshine.

Junior Kendall Morris warms up while coach Ed Miller looks on.

Two of Cal's distance runners work out on the track.


After a weekend of absolutely beautiful weather (see the swimming and lacrosse posts below), it suddenly feels like February. Here's a photo taken just moments ago from the second floor of the west side of Haas Pavilion looking over Evans Diamond, Edwards Stadium and beyond. Here's to hoping the the sun comes back soon, but from the looks of this forecast, it might be awhile.

Rainy Day in Berkeley