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  Kari Karlsson
Kari Karlsson

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Reykjavik, Iceland

Last College:
Reykjavik University

Event:
5000-10,000

Experience:
3V

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Junior (2010): Scored for the Bears in the 10,000 meters at the Pac-10 meet, finishing seventh in 29:31.82 ... set PRs in the 1500 (3:50.28, Stanford Outdoor Opener), the 3000 (8:10.29, Big Meet) and 5000 (14:01.99, Stanford Invitational) ... the 5K time was nearly five seconds faster than his previous best, while the 3K mark puts him eighth on Cal's all-time performer list ... qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Meet in the 10,000, but did not advance after taking 28th (30:39.35) ... set indoor PR of 14:03.06 in the 5000 ... named MPSF All-Academic (indoors), USTFCCCA All-Academic and honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic (outdoors). Sophomore (2009): Posted Cal's second-fastest outdoor times in the 3000 (8:13.39), 5000 (14:06.61) and 10,000 (30:47.73) meters ... 11th in the 10,000 at the Pac-10 Championships (30:47.73) ... placed 17th at the NCAA regional meet in the 5000 (14:25.59) ... ran his best indoor 5000 at the MPSF Championships (14:13.87), where he finished 10th ... Freshman (2008): a coaches' association All-Academic pick ... took fourth in the 10,000 meters at 30:19.49 at the Pac-10 championships ... posted a regional-qualifying time in the 10,000 at the Stanford Invitational, clocking a 29:28.05, which was also a school freshman record and the third-best time in school history ... posted a regional-qualifying time in the 5000 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Qualifier, crossing the finish line at 14:07.13 ... provisionally qualified for the NCAA indoor meet in the 5000 with an indoor school-record time of 14:08.58 at the MPSF championships ... also during indoors, clocked Cal's seventh-best 3000 time in school history at 8:12.39. Cross Country: Named honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic ... Cal's second or third runner most of 2010 ... earned All-Region honors after taking 15 at NCAA West Regionals ... also 38th at the Pac-10 meet and 94th at NCAAs ... in 2009, led Cal at the Pre-NCAA meet, taking 51st overall ... also 27th at the Pac-10 championships ... named to the all-region team ... in 2008, was 31st at the Pac-10 meet and 30th at NCAA regionals ... voted second-team Pac-10 All-Academic ... as a freshman, came in 20th at Pac-10's. High School: Won Icelandic championships in the 1500, 3000, 5000, 10,000, 4x800, 4x1500 and half marathon ... competing for his club team, Breidablik, won a national championship in indoors in 2007 ... holds the club record in the 3000, 5000 and 10,000 ... competed in the Games of the Small States of Europe, Nordic Championships in the 10,000 and in cross country, European championships and other national junior team competitions. Personal: Born May 19, 1986, in Sheffield, England ... parents are Karl G. Kristinsson and Hadda Bjork Gisladottir ... one of three siblings ... also played basketball and soccer ... hopes to attend graduate school ... operations research and management science major.

Career Best Marks
Event        Mark   Date
3000      8:10.29   April 10, 2010
5000     14:01.99   March 26, 2010
10,000   29:28.05   April 5, 2008

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