March 19, 2013
BERKELEY - Deborah Maier is the leading returning collegiate runner in the women's 10,000 meters and the Golden Bears are the only school in the country to feature three 25-foot men's long jumpers, according to the preseason rankings released by the USTFCCCA Tuesday.
Maier recorded a time of 32:12.47 last April, which stands as the third best collegiate mark ever. She later finished third at the NCAA Championships in the 10K and was an Olympic Trials finalist in both the 10,000 and 5000 meters.
Malaina Payton is also in the top 10, as her wind-aided effort of 21-6.25 from last season puts her fifth in the country among returning women's long jumpers.
Collin Jarvis earned of rankings in two events on the track. He is 11th in the 5000 meters (13:42.31) and 12th in the 3000-meter steeplechase (8:48.05), a time that came in his Pac-12-winning race.
Including Payton, Cal has eight marks among the top 30 in the jumps with Hammed Suleman in both the long jump (16th, 25-5.50) and triple jump (14th, 52-1.75). Along with long jumpers Chase Wheeler (19th, 25-2.75) and Jonte Grant (25th, 25-1.75), the Bears sport more 25-foot jumpers than any school in the country. Cal also has three triple jumper who have exceeded 51 feet - Suleman; Chad Jones (24th, 51-3.50); Taylor Kientzel (27th, 51-1.00) - a feat only Mississippi can match.
Below is a list of Golden Bears who are in the top 30 in their respective events entering the 2013 season. The rankings were compiled by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Associations (USTFCCCA). For a complete look at the leading returning individuals and relays, click here.
Name Rank Event Mark Men Collin Jarvis 12th 3000m Steeplechase 8:48.05 Collin Jarvis 11th 5000m 13:42.31 Harrison Steed 17th High Jump 7-2.50 Hammed Suleman 16th Long Jump 25-5.50 Chase Wheeler 19th Long Jump 25-2.75 Jonte Grant 25th Long Jump 25-1.75 Hammed Suleman 14th Triple Jump 52-1.75 Chad Jones 24th Triple Jump 51-3.50 Taylor Kientzel 27th Triple Jump 51-1.00 Derek White 20th Discus 187-6 Scott Esparza 20th Hammer 206-3