PALO ALTO/SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. –The California Golden Bears track & field team began their busy weekend with a pair of Bay Area meets, sending a contingent of competitors to the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, as well as a smaller group to the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. 22 student-athletes represented the Bears on Friday, with some breaking through with some solid performances. Sophomore Kristian Martinez set a new PR in the 1500-meters in San Francisco by clocking a time of 3:53.86, while freshmen Yohaness Estifanos (14:47.04) and Jeff Schaefer (14:57.67) competed well in their first 5000-meter race at the collegiate level. Junior Kelsey Santisteban finished with a time of 33:31.85 in the 10,000-meters Friday night in the Stanford Invitational, which was the third best performance in school history. Redshirt J.P. Slater also clocked the third best all-time performance on the men's side with a time of 29:22.10.
In addition to the PR set by Martinez in the 1500-meters, newcomer Josh Lewis also performed well, running a time of 3:52.45, which was 12th best at the SF State Distance Carnival in his first collegiate-level attempt in this event.
Roughly 30 miles south on the campus of Stanford, Santisteban closed the first day of the Stanford Invitational by placing 13th with her time of 33:31.85 in the 10,000-meters. Also in Palo Alto, fellow junior Tiarra Pittman ran the 400-meter hurdles in 1:03.24, just over one hundredth of a second behind her season-best.
Cal will be in action tomorrow across a pair of time zones, as they will wrap up competition on day two at the Stanford Invitational, and compete in the annual triangular meet against Michigan and Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. Fans can follow live results for the Stanford Invitational here, while they can track the Tri-Meet here.
Stanford Invitational Cobb Track and Angell Field/Palo Alto, Calif.