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Sports Shorts

Saturday June 09, 2001

St. Mary’s track stars head to national meet 


Four members of the St. Mary’s track & field team will take part in a national competition this weekend in Sacramento. 

The Golden West Invitational is an annual event held the week after the CIF State Championship Meet. The Invitational consists of individual competitions with just one heat in each event, and will be host to some of the top athletes from around the country. 

For St. Mary’s, Kamaiya Warren will throw the discus, Bridget Duffy will run the mile, Asokah Muhammed will take part in the triple jump, and Halihl Guy will run the 300-meter low hurdles. All but Warren finished in the top four in their event at the state meet. Warren failed to advance in the discus due to fouls in a regional meet, but finished second in the shot put at the state meet. 

“This is a hard meet to get into,” St. Mary’s head coach Jay Lawson said. “You usually have to be nationally ranked to be invited. It’s a great opportunity for our kids.” 

The Golden West Invitational will take place on Saturday at American River College in Sacramento. 


Cal gets second early verbal commitment 


Richard Midgely, a junior for Modesto Christian, has verbally committed to attend and play basketball at Cal following his senior year. 

Midgely, a 6-1 point guard, averaged 19 points and five assists a game for Modesto Christian this season, leading the team to the Division I state championship game, where they lost to Mater Dei (Los Angeles). 

Midgely is the second highly-ranked junior to commit early to the Golden Bears. Earlier this spring, Derek Burditt, a 6-5 junior and the New Orleans Metro Area Player of the Year, gave a verbal commitment to the school. Verbal commitments are not binding until players sign a official letter of intent. 

Midgely, who is originally from London, was also recruited by Kentucky, UCLA and Utah. 

With Midgely and Burditt already committed, Cal head coach Ben Braun could have back-to-back top-10 recruiting classes. Next year’s crop of center Jamal Sampson and forwards Julian Sensley and Erik Bond is considered the best class Braun has gotten in his five years with the program.