March 26, 2008
Both the men's and women's track and field teams will travel to the Central Valley and the city of Fresno to compete in the 2008 Cal/Nevada Championships this Friday and Saturday where the Bruins will battle for the first team title of the season. The majority of running events will have prelims on Friday and finals on Saturday aside from the steeplechase (Saturday) and 5000m (5000m) which will be event finals on event day. All field events will have prelims on Friday and finals on Saturday.
Some of the teams competing include Fresno State, Cal State Northridge, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara.
With the indoor season over, the preseason outdoor rankings have been released and both the men's and women's teams have gained notice for the talent on each squad. The women are ranked No. 6 in the country while the men come in at No. 7, according to the U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association poll. Both teams will be sending full squads to Fresno and will look to continue to perform at a high level. Regional qualifiers will be the goal this weekend for most, but some will continue to compete in off events like Rhonda Watkins in the 100m.
Of note on the men's side is the 2008 outdoor debuts of two All-Americans, Greg Garza and Kevin Craddock. Garza, a two-time All-American and Pac-10 Champion, will open up in the discus after having a banner 2007 season which saw him post the No. 1 mark in the country (208-11). Craddock, a 2006 All-American in the high hurdles, will be competing in the 400m hurdles this weekend. He was a regional qualifier during the 2006 season (52.01). He was one of the top high hurdlers in the country last year, but missed the regional and National meet with a hamstring injury.