Calbears.com: With this being your final collegiate season and final year as an undergraduate at Cal, what is your mindset?
Hammed Suleman: “It’s a little exciting, but mostly scary just because this is it, and I’m not exactly sure what the future holds.”
CalBears.com: What has been the one moment that has stood out in your time at Cal?
HS: “I would say last season at the Texas Relays in the triple jump. I actually finally PR’ed and was ranked number two in the country. That was the point where I said to myself, ‘Ok, maybe this can work out for the future, and maybe I can defy the odds after having all of these surgeries.’ Also, last season at the Pac-12’s when I won the long jump. Returning as the defending champion, it forces me to go above and beyond to do it again.”
CalBears.com: What was your favorite class during your experience at Cal and why?
HS: “There are actually two classes that were really influential for me. The first one was an African American Studies class on Malcolm X and culture in America and the other one was a black male class. I learned a lot about myself in both of those and it was another step in my growth.”
CalBears.com: Heading into this weekend, what are your goals individually, and for the team?
HS: “My goals for myself, actually I really want to take the school record in the long jump. My best jump isn’t too far from that mark, and when all is said and done, I really want to leave Cal as the school record holder in the long jump. I don’t really want to quantify it and put just any distance out there, I just want the school record. Overall for the team, I just want the same feeling we had earlier this year (at MPSF’s) and want everyone to come together and have everyone contribute. Even people that aren’t even on the radar, and as a team we can have success on Saturday and Sunday.”
CalBears.com: What are you looking to do once your time at Cal is finished?
HS: I’ve been really researching ways to get into a graduate program at Cal, in social and cultural studies in education. I am going to be taking an intro course next semester and see where things go from there. I actually want to stay around campus and see how to find my way into athletics and stay connected and possibly find a job. I want to be able to give back to the program, obtain more degrees and more knowledge.”