Cal senior jumped a personal best 260  (7.93m) to lead the Golden Bears

Suleman Claims Long Jump Title at Pac-12 Day One

Cal senior jumped a personal best 26'0 (7.93m) to lead the Golden Bears
By Cal Athletics on Sat, May 17, 2014

PULLMAN, Wash. – California senior Hammed Suleman won his third consecutive conference crown in the long jump, and Kelsey Santisteban took home silver in the women’s 10,000-meter run as the California track and field team finished the first day of competition at the Pac-12 Championships at the Mooberry Track and Field Complex in Pullman, Wash.

Suleman won the Pac-12 title in the long jump Saturday after leaping a wind-aided new personal best of 26’0 ¼ (7.93m). Suleman was the reigning champion in the event after winning the event last year, and Saturday’s title marks his third consecutive conference crown after the senior from Antioch also won the MPSF Indoor title earlier this spring.

Santisteban, the highest finishing Golden Bear in history at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, added silver in the 10,000-meter run to her 2014 haul after finishing in 34:13.90, just four seconds shy of the gold medal.

The Golden Bear men picked up 16 points in the throws Saturday with 11 points in the hammer throw and five in the shot put. Three Cal men scored in the hammer throw with Derek White leading the way in fourth at 211-9 (64.55m). Scott Esparza placed fifth at 210-4 (64.11m), and Isaac Dan took seventh at 194-4 (59.25m). White and Esparza both had personal bests in the event with White’s throw moving him to No. 3 in the California record book.

Sullivan Parker added the five points in the shot put after his toss of 56’3 ¾ (17.16m) that was good for fourth. On the women’s side, Chioma Amaechi also placed fourth in the shot put with her toss of 51’11 (15.82m) to add five points to the Golden Bear women’s team tally.

Grace Beaudoin jumped a new personal best of 5’9 ¼ (1.76m) in the long jump to place fifth in the event for her first career points in the event at the Pac-12 Championships. In the long jump, Malaina Payton took sixth overall with a jump of 19’5 ½ (5.93m).

A pair of Golden Bears advanced to the finals of the men’s 1500-meter run in Thomas Joyce and Chris Walden. Joyce took seventh at 3:49.90 while Walden followed with an eighth-place finish in the prelims at 3:49.55.

Cal will have a competitor in both men’s hurdles finals after Milan Ristic had the third-best 110-meter hurdle preliminary time of 14.11, and Randy Bermea had the third-best 400-meter hurdle preliminary time of 52.91. Angelica Weaver gives the Golden Bears a women’s 400-meter hurdle qualifier as well after placing seventh at a season-best 59.79.

The men’s 4x100-meter relay team of Dan Davis, Tom Blocker, Dash Oliver and Khalfani Muhammad finished fourth in the prelims at a season-best time of 39.91 and advances to compete in the finals. This marked the fastest time since 1987, when the Bears clocked a time of 39.50 and was the seventh best time in school history. Blocker also qualified for the 100-meter dash finals after placing eighth at 10.61
The second day of the Pac-12 Championships gets underway on Sunday, May 18, as the Bears continue their run at the conference title in a variety of individual events, as well as the team competitions.
Pac-12 Championships - Multis
Mooberry Track & Field Complex/Pullman, Wash.
California Results
100-meters (prelims) – 8. Tom Blocker 10.61q; 10. Dash Oliver 10.69; 12. Khalfani Muhammad 10.70
200-meters (prelims) – 10. Tom Blocker 21.45; 15. Khalfani Muhammad 21.78; 17. Dash Oliver 21.91
400-meters (prelims) – 12. Dan Davis 48.51
800-meters (prelims) – 8. Jordan Locklear 1:50.70Q; 15. Eugene Hamilton III 1:52.10; 19. Josh Lewis 1:55.96; 20. Ivan Gonzalez 1:58.45
1500-meters (prelims) – 7. Thomas Joyce 3:48.90q; 8. Chris Walden 3:49.55q; 10. Josh Lewis 3:49.85
10000-meters – 9. John Lawson 30:18.21; 11. J.P. Slater 30:25.38
110-meter hurdles (prelims) – 3. Milan Ristic 14.11Q; 11. Maurice Valentine, Jr. 14.85; 12. Randy Bermea 14.86
400-meter hurdles (prelims) – 3. Randy Bermea 52.91q; 13. Joost de Jong 55.14
3000-meter steeplechase – 10 .Simon Schmidt 9:26.11
4x100-meter relay (prelims) – 4. Dan Davis, Tom Blocker, Dash Oliver, Khalfani Muhammad 39.91Q
Long Jump – 1. Hammed Suleman 26-00.25 (7.93m)
Shot Put – 4.  Sullivan Parker 56-03.75 (17.16m); 11. Matthew Esparza 49-11.25 (15.22m)
Hammer – 4. Derek White 211-9 (64.55m); 5. Scott Esparza 210-4 (64.11m); 7. Isaac Dan 194-4 (59.25m)
Team Score: 1. Oregon 58.25, 2. Washington 40.25, 3. Arizona 30, 4. USC 29, 5. UCLA 28.25, 6. California 26, 7. Arizona State 21.25, 8. Washington State 18, 9. Colorado 13, 10. Stanford 9


400-meters (prelims) – 17. Khala Taylor 56.29; 19. Nijae Jones 58.38
800-meters (prelims) – 13. Arielle Stevenson 2:09.94; 15. Sydney Gray 2:11.01; 19. Katherine Haysbert 2:13.53
1500-meters (prelims) – 11. Sydney Gray 4:27.58q; 22. Xochitl Navarrete 4:38.56

10000-meters – 2. Kelsey Santisteban 34:13.90

100-meter hurdles (prelims) – 17. Jaci Powell 14.79

400-meter hurdles (prelims) – 7. Angelica Weaver 59.79q

3000-meter steeplechase – 11. Megan Bordes 11:05.04

High Jump – 5. Grace Beaudoin 5-09.25 (1.76m)

Long Jump – 6. Malaina Payton 19-05.50 (5.93m); 20. Jaci Powell 17-09.00 (5.41m)

Shot Put – 4. Chioma Amaechi 51-11.00 (15.82m)

Javelin – 17. Jaci Powell 114-0 (34.74m)

Team Score: 1. Oregon 64, 2. UCLA 32.50, 3. Arizona 30, 4. Stanford 29, 5. Colorado 25, 6. California 23.5, 7. Washington State/Arizona State 19.0, 9. USC 18, 10. Washington 12, 11. Utah 1
q – Qualified for final


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