March 29, 2013
On a busy day that saw the Golden Bears compete in three meets across two time zones, members of the Cal track & field team posted a number of impressive performances. Among the more notable achievements, Kelsey Santisteban moved to No. 3 in school history in the 5000 meters at the Stanford Invitational, while Hammed Suleman posted the Bears' best triple jump in 18 years at the Texas Relays.
In addition, several Cal runners were in action at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival Friday. The Bears will return a group of athletes to Stanford Saturday and have three competitors remaining at the Texas Relays in hurdler Ray Stewart and high jumpers Harrison Steed and Nick Ridge.
Santisteban completed the women's 5000 meters in 15:52.06, which puts her third on Cal's performer list behind record-holder and teammate Deborah Maier (15:29.24i) and Kirsten O'Hara (15:46.80 from 1985). Earlier this year, Santisteban went 16:01.70 during the indoor season. Running for the Bay Area Track Club in the 5K race, former Golden Bear Chelsea Reilly set a PR with her time of 15:13.24, nearly 45 seconds faster than she went as a collegiate senior last year.
Freshman Shelby Ashe, the American junior record holder in the hammer, made her Cal debut in the event at Stanford and recorded a best of 185-7, which puts her seventh in school history. Another newcomer, Ethan Cochran, missed the Cal freshman record in the discus by less than two feet with his effort of 183-0.
At the Texas Relays, Suleman finished with a PR distance of 53-4.50 in the triple jump to take second in the competition. It was the best mark by a Bear since Lenards Ozolinish went 54-2.50 back in 1995. Suleman later placed fifth in the long jump with a distance of 24-5.75w.
Stewart qualified fifth for the final in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.67w in his heat. The 2011 Pac-10 champion in the event, he is making a comeback from knee surgery that kept him out last season.
Freshman Noel Frazier matched his personal best in the high jump by clearing 6-11.75. He initially tied for first in the B section with Jonathan Fuller of Kansas, but Fuller won a jump off to claim the title.
At the San Francisco State meet, a pair of performances earned spots on the Cal all-time chart. Molly Babcock now ranks fifth with her time of 11:08.26 in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase, and James Slater took over the No. 10 position with a 29:52.29 finish in the men's 10,000 meters.
Mike A. Myers Stadium / Austin, Texas
100 meters (prelims) - 45. Eric McDaniel 10.70w
110-meter hurdles (prelims) - 4. Ray Stewart 13.67wq
4x100-meter relay (prelims) - 12. Tom Blocker, Dash Oliver, Chad Jones 40.96
High Jump (B) - 2. Noel Frazier 6-11.75 (2.13m)
Long Jump (A) - 5. Hammed Suleman 24-5.75w (7.46m)
Long Jump (B) - 5. Taylor Kientzel 23-11.75 (7.31m)
Triple Jump (A) - 2. Chad Jones 47-7.25w (14.51m)
Triple Jump (B) - 4. Taylor Kientzel 50-4.75w (15.36m)
Long Jump (A) - 11. Malaina Payton 20-0.50 (6.11m)
Triple Jump (A) - 14. Amanda Hunter 39-11.25 (12.17m)
w - wind-aided; q - qualified for final
Cobb Track and Angell Field / Stanford, Calif.
100 meters (prelims) - 33. Charles Saseun 11.14
400 meters - 11. Daniel Davis 49.73; 32. Jonathan Berry-Smith 51.41
1500 meters (section 2) - 7. Jordan Locklear 3:46.65
1500 meters (section 5) - 15. Matt Carpowich 3:55.28
1500 meters (section 6) - 7. Chris Walden 3:51.20
1500 meters (section 7) - 1. Leland Later 3:52.89
400-meter hurdles - 11. Ryan Holmes 54.57
3000-meter steeplechase (section 1) - 8. Collin Jarvis 8:59.00
High Jump (pit 1) - 4. Mike Tracy 6-9.00 (2.06m)
Discus (invitational) - 4. Ethan Cochran 183-0 (55.78m)
Discus (collegiate) - 2. Chijoke Nwuzi 166-9 (50.84m); 12. Cody Bickham 150-6 (45.87m)
Hammer - 4. Dan Isaac 177-9 (54.18m); 10. Chijoke Nwuzi 167-5 (51.04m); 13. Stephen Burke 162-3 (49.46m)
100 meters (prelims) - 7. Carisma Lyday 11.81q; 8. Charnell Price 11.83q; 23. Golde Ibia 12.51
100 meters (final) - 7. Carisma Lyday 12.05
400 meters - 5. Alima Kamara 54.46
1500 meters (section 4) - 7. Sydney Gray 4:26.83
1500 meters (section 6) - 7. Taylor Dutch 4:31.17
1500 meters (section 7) - 13. Laura O'Neill 4:39.73
5000 meters (section 1) - 17. Kelsey Santisteban 15:52.06
100-meter hurdles (prelims) - 16. Golde Ibia 14.63
400-meter hurdles - 10. Taylor Lawson 1:02.26; 18. Tiarra Pittman 1:04.63
High Jump (pit 1) - 2. Grace Beaudoin 5-7.25 (1.71m)
High Jump (pit 2) - 7. Gianna Fernandez 5-7.25 (1.71m); 10. Kristin Rimbach 5-5.25 (1.66m)
Pole Vault (invitational) - 11. Victoria Rische 12-0.75 (3.68m)
Long Jump (collegiate) - 3. Sunny Margerum 18-5.00 (5.61m)
Hammer - 7. Shelby Ashe 185-7 (56.57m)
Javelin - 4. Cheri Chan 129-9 (39.54m)
San Francisco State Distance Carnival
Cox Stadium / San Francisco, Calif.
5000 meters - 44. Thomas Joyce 14:50.30
10,000 meters - 5. James Slater 29:52.29; 18. Matt Peterson 31:08.97
5000 meters - 4. Christine Bowlus 16:53.89; 37. Hillary Hayes 17:44.97
3000-meter steeplechase - 5. Molly Babcock 11:08.26