Price is Right at Cal Outdoor Opener

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Charnell Price broke out of her shell to secure three first-place finishes at her first outdoor meet at home, this weekend's Cal Outdoor Opener at Edwards Stadium.

Price, a freshman for the Cal track and field team, took the 100m in 11.86 seconds, the 200m in 24.59 seconds and the 4x400m relay in 3:47 to own three of the Bears' 10 first place titles.

Price anchored the final leg of the relay to bring it home with Angelica Weaver, Ashley Cooke and Kayla Dixon, who led the whole way.

Although the Cal Outdoor Opener was a smaller meet with only five other schools (Stanford, UC Davis, Fresno State, San Francisco and Cal Poly), it seems Price has been working her way up.

Her name had previously been on the scoreboard often, but never at the top. She was third in the 4x400 relay at the Cherry and Silver Invitational and fifth in the 200m at the Husky Indoor Classic.

"She's a pretty versatile sprinter, she's had her ups and downs in indoors but she's spread her wings, so to speak," coach Tony Sandoval said. "She did a great job for us today."

Price frequently shadows her teammate Cherrelle Garrett, who finished third in the 200m with a time of 12.03 seconds - but Price had the edge this time around. Garrett, a senior is a source of instruction and inspiration for Price.

"(Garrett) is a veteran for us," Sandoval said. "She knows what it takes to be ready at the very end and (Price and Garrett) have been pretty close to each other throughout the indoor season."

The other winners of their events on the day included Kendall Morris in the women's discus, Chase Wheeler in the men's long jump, Patrick Kowalsky in the men's shot put and Theresa Raub in the women's pole vault.

Kristen Meister and Maurice Valentine both placed first in the women's and men's high jump, respectively.

Emani Truluck set a personal record in the women's 100m hurdles with a winning time of 13.85 seconds, moving her up to fifth on the Bears' all-time performer list. Her previous best was 13.91 seconds against Stanford at last year's Big Meet.

"Truluck did a great job," Sandoval said. "She's been a shadow of Kimyon Broom the last couple of years but she's been a hard worker and it's starting to pay off."

Across state lines in Seattle, senior Allison Stokke cleared 13-11.75 in the pole vault to set a Cal indoor record. She broke Katie Morgan's record of 13-9.25 set in 2009 and her previous indoor best was 13-7.75.

She traveled to the meet individually so that she could improve on her provisional qualifying mark for the NCAA Indoor Championships this coming weekend. No mark at Cal's outdoor event could have have helped her qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Her new mark rockets her up the national rankings from a 19th place tie to about 10th place, pending official outcomes of other meets around the country.


Byron Atashian covers track and field. Contact him at [email protected]

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