The San Jose State women's track and field team will make its program debut Saturday in the UW Invitational at Dempsey Indoor Track in Seattle.

The two-day meet involving more than 20 West Coast universities begins Friday.

"Obviously, it's big for our program. We're excited to see what we can do in the events in which we are entered," said coach Jeff Petersmeyer, who projects taking 14 Spartans athletes to Seattle. "We have a lot of people in the 60-meter dash and the mile."

The UW Invitational is the first NCAA track and field competition for the university since 1988, when the men's program competed for the last time at the Big West Conference Championships.

  • Pac-12 softball coaches predicted No. 20 Stanford to finish fifth and No. 24 Cal seventh in the conference this season. Arizona State and Washington were the expected co-league champions. Last season, eight of the nine Pac-12 squads earned berths to the NCAA tournament, including Cal and Stanford.

    Stanford is coached by John Rittman, who is in his 18th season on The Farm and has a 720-334-3 record. Utility player Kayla Bonstrom leads the Cardinal, which opens Feb. 6 against North Carolina State in Tempe, Ariz.

    Diane Ninemire enters her 27th season as the Bears coach, compiling a 1,155-533 mark. The lineup includes veterans Victoria Jones, Cheyenne Cordes and Danielle Henderson. Cal opens Feb. 7 against New Mexico in Tempe.


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  • Filip Bergevi's 6-3, 6-5 (4) victory over Danilo Casanova at No. 2 singles clinched 12th-ranked Cal's 4-0 men's win over visiting Hawaii at the Channing Tennis Courts. The Bears improved to 4-0.

    Giants

    KNTV-NBC Bay Area will air 15 Giants' regular season games, beginning with the Colorado Rockies on April 11 (7:15 p.m.). The station also will air Giants-A's exhibition games on March 15 (3 p.m.) and March 27 (7:15 p.m.).

    Horse racing

    First post for Sunday's program at Golden Gate Fields will be 11:15 a.m. The eight-race card will be completed by approximately 2:45 p.m., 45 minutes before kickoff for Super Bowl XLVIII. All gates open at 9:30 a.m.

  • Favored Magic Channel won the $45,000 Supernova Purse by a head at Santa Anita. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Magic Channel ran 6½ furlongs on turf in 1:12.94. The 4-year-old gelding was claimed for $50,000 two starts ago by Bay Area-based trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. The victory, worth $27,000, increased Magic Channel's earnings to $104,451 in 11 starts.