Bears Qualify 29 Individuals, 2 Relays for Regionals
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  05/16/2013

May 16, 2013

BERKELEY - Cal will be well represented at the NCAA West Preliminary meet coming up in Austin, Texas, May 23-25, qualifying 29 individuals in 33 events as well as both the men's and women's 4x100-meter relays for the competition that will determine spots at the NCAA national championships.

Four Golden Bears reached the regional meet in two events - jumper Hammed Suleman, sprinters Tom Blocker and Charnell Price, and shot put/discus specialist Ethan Cochran. Cal had its most qualifiers in the men's high jump with four, while the Bears will also have multiple entries in the men's and women's 100 meters, men's 400-meter hurdles, men's triple jump, men's shot put, men's discus and men's hammer.

Suleman enters the competition ranked No. 1 in the long jump based on his Pac-12-winning effort of 25-11.50 from last weekend. He's also second in the triple jump with a best of 53-4.50, which came in Austin during the Texas Relays in late March. Suleman was the Pac-12 runner-up in the event.

Fellow conference champion Ray Stewart is No. 2 in the 110-meter hurdles with a top time of 13.43. The only person ahead of him is Oregon's Johnathan Cabral, whom he beat in the Pac-12 meet final.

Others rated in the top 10 in their respective events are: Kelsey Santisteban (7th, women's 5000 meters), Malaina Payton (6th, women's long jump), Collin Jarvis (9th, men's 3000-meter steeplechase) and Nick Ridge (9th, men's high jump).

Two preliminary championships will be held May 23-25, with the West regional in Austin and the East regional in Greensboro, N.C. The top 12 qualifiers out of each event will advance to the NCAA Championships June 5-8, in Eugene, Ore.

Three Bears who will be at regionals next week reached the NCAA meet in 2012 - Harrison Steed in the men's high jump, Chad Jones in the men's triple jump and Scott Esparza in the men's hammer. Steed posted the best result of the group, earning All-American honors for his eighth-place national finish.

California Qualifiers


Charnell Price100m18th11.46
Carisma Lyday100m47th11.67
Charnell Price200m 21st23.55
Alima Kamara400m16th53.01
Kelsey Santisteban5000m7th 15:50.18
Tiarra Pittman400m hurdles45th 59.93
California4x100m relay17th45.15
Gianna FernandezHigh Jump14th 5-10.50
Malaina PaytonLong Jump6th21-5.50
Amanda HunterTriple Jump14th42-0.50
Chioma AmaechiShot Put29th52-3.75
Shelby AsheHammer17th201-10


Tom Blocker100m25th10.45
Dash Oliver100m32nd 10.49
Tom Blocker 200m34th21.23
Jordan Locklear 1500m32nd3:45.14
Collin Jarvis3000m Steeple9th8:47.82
Ray Stewart110m hurdles2nd13.43
Randy Bermea 400m hurdles16th 51.31
Ryan Holmes400m hurdles47th 52.76
California 4x100m relay 13th 40.05
Nick Ridge High Jump 9th 7-1.50
Noel Frazier High Jump 22nd 7-0.25
Harrison Steed High Jump 33rd 6-11.50
Mike Tracy High Jump 43rd 6-10.75
Hammed Suleman Long Jump 2nd 25-11.50
Hammed Suleman Triple Jump 1st 53-4.50
Chad Jones Triple Jump 28th 50-7.25
Taylor Kientzel Triple Jump 31st 50-4.75
Ethan Cochran Shot Put 27th 58-2.00
Sullivan Parker Shot Put 44th 56-1.75
Ethan Cochran Discus 14th 188-8
Chijoke Nwuzi Discus 26th 181-4
Scott Esparza Hammer 27th 200-6
Isaac Dan Hammer 40th 194-5