March 7, 2012
THIS WEEK IN CAL TRACK & FIELD: Six members of Cal's eighth-ranked women's track & field team will compete against the best in the country when the Golden Bears travel to the NCAA Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday in Nampa, Idaho.
Deborah Maier earned an automatic berth in both the 3000 and 5000 meters, while Chelsea Reilly will join her in the 3000. Cal's distance medley relay, which will be comprised of Sofia Oberg, Angelica Weaver, Taylor Bryson and Reilly, also posted an automatic qualifying time.
In addition, two Bears received at-large berths into the field - Oberg in the 800 meters and Malaina Payton in the long jump. Cal has finished among the top 20 in the country twice previously - fourth in 1990 and 15th in 2007 - meaning the Bears have a chance for one of their best indoor finishes in school history.
ESPN3 will stream the meet live on Friday from 4:30-8:45 p.m. PT and Saturday from 5-8:15 p.m. PT. NCAA.com and broncosports.com will stream what ESPN3 is not covering on Friday (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. PT) and Saturday (9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. PT). A tape delay of the championship will air Sunday, March 18 at 4:30 p.m. PT on ESPNU.
Cal Schedule of Events Friday, March 9 4:15 p.m. Long Jump Malaina Payton 4:30 p.m. 800 meters Sofia Oberg 5:25 p.m. 5000 meters Deborah Maier 6:25 p.m. Distance Medley Relay Oberg, Weaver, Bryson, Reilly
NCAA INDOOR HISTORY: Cal has had representatives from its women's team compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships nine times before this year, starting with Sheila Hudson in 1990, who won both the long jump and triple jump to give the Bears a fourth-place team finish. Cal's only other national champion came in 2007 when Alysia Johnson (now Alysia Montano) captured the 800 meters. Along with Inika McPherson (7th, high jump) and Cassandra Strictland (6th, triple jump), the Bears placed 15th that season for their only other top-20 showing. Last year, Allison Stokke took eighth in the pole vault.
CAL WOMEN 8TH IN LATEST RANKINGS: Cal's women's team held onto the No. 8 spot in the latest USTFCCA national rankings for the second straight week. As recently as Feb. 7, the Bears were 70th in the national ratings. But they debuted in the top 25 at 19th on Feb. 14 before moving up to eighth.
MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP: Deborah Maier set a meet record on her way to capturing the 3000 meters in 9:02.35, and school records fell in the women's mile, distance medley relay and weight throw to highlight Cal's performances at the MPSF Championships Feb. 24-25 in Seattle. Maier won the 3K for the second time after also claiming the crown in 2010 (she redshirted last year). Chelsea Reilly was third in the mile in 4:41.29 to retake the Cal mark she held at the beginning of the season. Cal's DMR of Reilly, Angelica Weaver, Sofia Oberg and Maier was third in a school-record 10:56.29, and Linda Oseso broke the Bear mark in the weight throw for the third time this year, securing runner-up honors with a mark of 63-3.25. For the men, Collin Jarvis ran Cal's No. 2 time ever in the 3000 (7:53.43), while freshman Jonte Grant was an impressive third in the long jump (25-0.50).
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES: Angelica Weaver has three wins this year, taking the 400m and 600m at the Cherry & Silver Invitational, in addition to the 400m at the UW Invite ... both the men's and women's cross country teams earned All-Academic recognition from the USTFCCCA for having GPAs above 3.0 in the fall; in addition, both Deborah Maier and Chelsea Reilly received individual academic honors ... former Cal distance runners Magdalena Lewy Boulet (10th) and Brooke Wells (19th) placed in the top 20 at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston in January ... the Bears feature a pair of siblings on the roster in brothers Cody and Simon Schmidt and sisters Sofia and Rebecka Oberg; in addition, freshman pole vaulter Mackenzie Landry is the younger sister of former Cal pole vaulter Connor Landry ... Cal's women's cross country team finished 18th at the NCAA Championships in November, led by Deborah Maier (11th) and Chelsea Reilly (24th) ... over the summer, Angelica Weaver captured the USA junior title in the 400m hurdles with a time of 59.83, while Monte Corley won the 400mH crown at the Pan Am Junior Championships in a Cal freshman-record 51.21 ... two Bears earned first-team All-America status for their performances at the 2011 NCAA indoor meet - Mike Morrison (5th, heptathlon) and Allison Stokke (8th, pole vault) - while Hammed Suleman was a second-team pick (triple jump).
Golden Bear Profiles
Deborah Maier - 3000m, 5000m
Sofia Oberg - 800m
Malaina Payton - Long Jump
Chelsea Reilly - 3000m
DISTANCE MEDLEY RELAY - Sofia Oberg, Angelica Weaver, Taylor Bryson, Chelsea Reilly