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 Men 100-meters (prelims) – 8. Tom Blocker 10.61q; 10. Dash Oliver 10.69; 12. Khalfani Muhammad 10.70