June 6, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. - On a day when the Bears had two Pac-12 champions in action, neither was able to advance to the finals in their respective events at the NCAA Championships Thursday. Junior Hammed Suleman placed 21st in qualifying in the long jump, while senior Ray Stewart took fifth in his heat of the 110-meter hurdles.
"Tough luck today," Cal director of track & field Tony Sandoval said. "Heavy wind played havoc with the long jumpers. Hammed's first jump (a foul) was probable a qualifier, but with three jumps to qualify, it's difficult with the quality at the NCAA meet. Ray rolled an ankle warming up on Monday afternoon and it was really painful for him. It was a courageous attempt on his part."
Suleman was up first on the afternoon and was forced with the other competitors to battle the gusting winds. He managed to get only one qualifying jump, a mark of 24-0.75 with a legal wind of +0.5 meters per second. However, he had wind marks of +2.6 mps and +3.3 mps on his first and third attempts and fouled both times.
Stewart, running in heat one, was clocked in a respectable 13.89 seconds. But with a 3.0 mps tailwind, times were fast - the winning mark 13.25 seconds - and Stewart placed fifth. With the top two from each of three heats plus the next two fastest advancing, Stewart would have had to run 13.55 or lower to move on.
On Friday, senior Amanda Hunter will be entered in the women's triple jump and is the last competitor remaining in the field for the Bears.
Hayward Field / Eugene, Ore.
110m hurdles (semifinals) - 15. Ray Stewart 13.89w
Long Jump - 21. Hammed Suleman 24-0.75w (7.33m)