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Getting started on the right foot

Warriors break in new track with All-Comers meet

Getting started on the right foot

Kasey Burlingham, the defending national champion in pole, will be one of many Cal State Stanislaus athletes who will participate in today's All-Comers meet at the new Al Brenda Track at Warrior St...

POSTED February 19, 2010 11:29 p.m.
Typically, the first outdoor track and field meet of the spring is a small, intimate affair of former Warriors and local track athletes. But today’s Cal State Stanislaus All-Comers meet, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., has attracted many more athletes — probably because it is the inaugural meet on the new Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium.
When the meet registration closed on Wednesday, 17 teams and more than 200 athletes, including the Warriors, had registered to compete at this year’s event — one of five track meets scheduled at the on-campus facility this spring.
Last week, the NCAA awarded Cal State Stanislaus and Al Brenda Track the host site of the 2011 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.
“I am sure the late Al Brenda is smiling down on us as we open our new state-of-the-art track and field facility,” athletic director Milt Richards said. “I want to wish our coaches and student-athletes all the best as they begin their inaugural season on the Al Brenda Track. We are grateful to President (Hamid) Shirvani and our student body for making this beautiful facility possible.”
Among the stars scheduled to compete at the All-Comers meet are the defending men's pole vault national champion and Stanislaus senior Kasey Burlingham. His wife, Annie, will participate in the women's pole vault. She will be headed for the indoor national championships next month. Also in women's pole vault, is teammate Alycia Wagner, the defending California Collegiate Athletic Association champion.
Also returning for the Warriors is Cuauhtemoc Vallejo-Howard, who won the CCAA title in men's hammer throw and placed second in discus in 2009. In the men's jumping events, Luther Bell will compete in both the triple jump and long jump. He finished second and third, respectively, a year ago at the CCAA championships in Chico.
The track events will feature returners Terry Gross (third at CCAA in 400 meters) and Joey Nunes (second in 5000 meters) and the men's 4x400-meter relay team (third), as well as many newcomers looking to make a difference in 2010.
On the women's side, Denali Foldager (distance), Derrhea McLiechey (400 meters), Jeni Cunha (throws), Rio Schwalbach (jumps) and Rubye Foldager (distance) are in the middle of solid indoor seasons and all should be contributors this spring.
Among the area colleges attending the All-Comers meet are Merced College, Fresno City College, Modesto Junior College, College of the Sequoias and Mills College. A number of local athletes — including former Warriors Manny Lopez, Jose Morales, April Montgomery, Charissa Spears, Kevin Bull, Cole Sprague — will also compete.

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