Deborah Maier
Deborah Maier

Player Profile
RS Senior

Cameron Park, Calif.

High School:
Ponderosa HS




NCAA Berths on Line for Bears at West Regionals

More Than 30 Qualifiers Will Give Cal Strong Representation


Golden Bears Saluted at Honors Luncheon

Annual Event Recognizes Achievements in Academics, Athletics and Community Service


Big Meet Pits Cal vs. Stanford on Saturday

119th Renewal of Rivalry to Be Contested at Stanford


Top 10 Performances Abound in Friday Meets

Several Bears Add Their Names to the Cal Record Book


Deborah Maier Top Returning 10,000m Runner

Bears Also Sport Three 25-Foot Long Jumpers and Three 51-Foot Triple Jumpers

Cal Sports Report (3/7/12) - Deborah Maier/Chelsea Reilly feature
Running Times Feature (3/8/12) - 5 Minutes with Deborah Maier

  • One of the top distance runners in the country after placing among the top 3 in the indoor 3000m and 5000m and outdoor 10K in 2012
  • An Olympic Trials finalist in the 5000m and 10,000m
  • Owns No. 3 all-time collegiate mark in the 10,000m
  • Earned cross country All-America honors for the second time in her career in 2011, finishing 11th overall and leading the Bears to an 18th-place team finish

Redshirt-Junior (2012): Recorded one of the most successful seasons in school history ... set a school record in the 10,000m at the Payton Jordan Invitational (32:12.47), a time that ranks No. 3 all-time on the collegiate list ... finished third in the event at the NCAA Championships (32:47.20) ... at the Olympic Trials, placed ninth in the 5000m (15:37.31) and ninth in the 10,000m (32:25.82) ... during the indoor season, captured the MPSF title in the 3000m in 9:02.35 ... set a school-record in the 5000m (15:29.24) at the Husky Classic ... ran anchor on Cal's DMR that finished in 10:56.29 to set a Cal record at the MPSF meet ... the national runner-up at the NCAA Championships in the 3000m (9:15.74) and 5000m (15:40.74) to become the first Cal athlete to score in two events since Sheila Hudson in 1990 (long jump, triple jump) ... chosen the 2012 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's indoor track & field by the USTFCCCA ... also named MPSF All-Academic and second-team Pac-12 All-Academic. Junior (2011): Redshirted. Sophomore (2010): Earned MPSF All-Academic (indoors), USTFCCCA All-Academic and first-team Pac-10 All-Academic (outdoors) ... posted Cal's best outdoor mark of the year in the 3000m (9:26.60) during a victory at the Big Meet ... ran a PR 4:23.98 in the 1500m in Tucson ... finished fourth in the 5000m at the Pac-10 Championships in 16:15.39 ... qualified for NCAAs with a time of 16:27.95 at the NCAA Preliminary Meet, which was seventh fastest in the field ... set a then-school record while winning the MPSF indoor title in the 3000m with a time of 9:20.05, which beat both the previous Cal marks indoors and outdoors in the event ... also set a Cal indoor record in the 5000m at the Husky Classic (since broken), clocking an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 15:58.49, more than 30 seconds faster than the previous mark of 16:30.56 set by Alison Greggor in 2009 ... ran the anchor leg on Cal's DMR that finished in a then-school-record 11:19.93 ... qualified for the NCAA indoor meet in the 5000m, but did not finish her race. Freshman (2009): Posted Cal's top time in the 1500m, covering the distance in 4:32.09 at the Big Meet ... also had an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 16:31.41 in the 5000m ... best indoor time came at the Husky Classic when she ran 9:42.95 in the 3000m. Cross Country: Her 11th-place showing at the 2011 NCAA Championships matched Kirsten O'Hara's 1987 result best-ever performance for a Cal runner at the national meet ... did not compete at the Pac-12 meet due to a foot injury, but returned to place second at NCAA West Regionals (all-region honors) ... won both the Sac State Jamboree and the Roy Griak Invitational during the regular season ... led the Bears in all five of her races in 2010 ... earned All-America honors by taking 30th at the NCAA Championships ... qualified as an individual for NCAAs by being the runner-up at NCAA West Regionals ... also third at the Pac-10 meet, second at the Stanford Invitational and third at the Pre-Nationals meet ... earned first-team All-Pac-10 and All-Region honors, as well as chosen second-team Pac-10 All-Academic ... as a sophomore in 2009, had a breakthrough campaign, becoming the first Cal woman to earn first-team All-Pac-10 honors after a sixth-place finish at the conference meet ... also named all-regional when she claimed 14th at NCAA regional ... paced the Bears in all four of her races ... named to the USTFCCCA's All-Academic team ... honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic ... ran 21:13 to place 39th at the 2008 NCAA regional ... clocked in at 21:25 to finish 41st at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships. High School: Came in third at the 2007 cross country state meet ... ran at the 2008 USATF Cross Country Nationals ... her Ponderosa HS team was Sierra Valley Conference League champion in 2007 ... first-team all-state in 2007 ... Ponderosa placed third at the California state meet in 2007 ... personal bests included 17:55 in the 5K and 17:36 in the three mile ... school record holder in the 1500 and the 1600 ... earned numerous scholarships and academic awards, including the AP Scholar Award. Personal: Born on Aug. 17, 1990, in Walnut Creek, Calif. ... parents are Donna and Paul Maier ... one of six siblings ... brothers Chris, Jonathan and Stephen, and sister, Elizabeth, all attended Cal, and Chris ran cross country and track for the Bears ... also played softball and soccer ... political science major.

Career Best Marks
Event       Mark   Date
1500      4:23.98   April 3, 2010
3000     9:02.35i   Feb. 25, 2012
          9:26.60   April 10, 2010 (outdoor best)
5000    15:29.24i   Feb. 10, 2012
         15:37.31   June 28, 2012 (outdoor best)
10,000   32:12.47   April 29, 2012