April 25, 2012
THIS WEEK IN CAL TRACK & FIELD: California recognizes the legacy of one of its Hall of Fame coaches when the Golden Bears host the annual Brutus Hamilton Open and Invitational Friday and Saturday at Edwards Stadium.
The open meet will be held all day on Friday, with the more competitive invitational set for Saturday. Cal will also entertain its Olympic hopefuls with a special alumni banquet following Saturday's action.
In addition to honoring Hamilton, the invitational acknowledges many of the greats of Cal track & field history with a number of named events:
PAYTON JORDAN ON SUNDAY: In addition to the Brutus Hamilton meets on campus Friday and Saturday, several Golden Bears will travel to Stanford for the Payton Jordan Invitational Sunday. Events start early in the afternoon and are scheduled to run past 11 p.m. in the final sections of the 10,000 meters.
ABOUT BRUTUS HAMILTON: Brutus Hamilton served as head coach of the Cal track & field team for 30 seasons and led the Golden Bears to 14 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. During his tenure, he mentored 59 individual conference champions, 13 national champions and seven Olympians.
Hamilton was an outstanding athlete at Missouri and won a silver medal in the decathlon at the 1920 Olympics. After four years as track & field coach at Kansas, he moved west and took over direction of the Cal program in 1933. Hamilton left the coaching profession after the attack on Pearl Harbor to serve in the Army Air Corps. He returned to Berkeley after the war, serving as both head track coach and director of athletics until his retirement in 1965.
Hamilton was an assistant U.S. coach at the 1932 and 1936 Olympics and head track & field coach for the 1952 Games in Helsinki. Among his many honors are induction into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame, the Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame and the USATF Hall of Fame.
Linda Oseso'S 3 MEETS IN 2 DAYS: While the rest of her teammates were taking last week off from competition, senior Linda Oseso stayed plenty busy with a full weekend that included appearances in three meets in three different cities. She began by posting a distance of 182-3 in the hammer at the Brian Clay Invitational held at Azusa Pacific on Thursday, April 19. Oseso then started her Friday with a PR 189-10 during a fourth-place finish at the Beach Invitational in Long Beach. Later that same day, she improved her lifetime best in the hammer to 193-8 at Mt. SAC, which extended her own Kenyan national record in the event.
BEARS IN THE TOP 25: The Bears are well represented in the national rankings this week with five individuals rated among the NCAA's top 25 in eight different events. Three Cal athletes are noted in two events - Hammed Suleman (5th, long jump, 25-5.25; 12th, triple jump, 52-1.25), Collin Jarvis (11th, 5000m, 13:42.31; 20th, 3000m SC, 8:54.06) and Taylor Bryson (22nd, 5000m, 16:05.72; 24th, 3000m SC, 10:19.73). Others on the lists are Brian Carmichael in the high jump (19th, 7-2.25) and Malaina Payton in the long jump (6th, 21-6.25).
RECAPPING THE 2012 BIG MEET: Golden Bears posted a number of lifetime-best performances and the Cal men's and women's teams jumped out to early leads in the 118th edition of the Big Meet April 14 at Edwards Stadium. But in the end, Stanford prevailed with convincing victories both competitions to sweep the meet for the second year in a row. The Cardinal claimed the men's competition, 106-67, as well as the women's meet, 122-41.
Among Cal's highlights were a 7-2.25 clearance by Brian Carmichael in the men's high jump, wins by Collin Jarvis and Taylor Bryson in the 3000-meter steeplechase races, and a big PR from Malaina Payton in the women's long jump.
Carmichael won the high jump with his lifetime best of 7-2.25, which moved him into Cal's all-time top 10 in the event as he is now tied for ninth. Bryson set a 21-second PR to capture the opening event on the track - the women's 3000-meter steeplechase - by nine seconds in 10:19.73, second only in Cal history to the 10:14.94 run by Rowena Tam last year.
In the men's steeple, Jarvis also established a lifetime best with his winning time of 8:54.06 as he becomes the No. 9 all-time performer at Cal in the event. Payton captured the women's long jump with a wind-aided 21-6.25, which would have put her second on Cal's all-time list behind former NCAA champion Sheila Hudson had it been under allowable conditions. Still, Payton produced a legal 20-7.75, which moved her up to fifth on the performer chart and was the best by a Golden Bear since the 2005 season.
ALL-AMERICAN BEARS: Six Golden Bears earned a total of nine All-America certificates for their performances at the NCAA Indoor Championships March 9-10 - the most ever for the school at the national indoor meet. Junior Deborah Maier, who posted runner-up finishes in both the 3000m and 5000m, received two first-team honors, while the other Cal competitors earned second-team status - Chelsea Reilly (3000m, distance medley relay), Sofia Oberg (800m, DMR), Angelica Weaver (DMR), Taylor Bryson (DMR) and Malaina Payton (long jump).
ALL-TIME PERFORMER UPDATES: A number Golden Bears have recorded marks this spring that have either placed them among Cal's all-time top-10 performers or improved their standing on the lists:
Men Event Mark Rank Matt Miller 3000m 8:13.43 10th Collin Jarvis 5000m 13:42.31 4th Matt Miller 10,000m 29:30.92 5th Collin Jarvis 3000m SC 8:54.06 9th Brian Carmichael High Jump 7-2.25 T9th Hammed Suleman Long Jump 25-5.25 7th
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES: The Cal women are ranked 10th in the USTFCCCA Program of the Year rankings after taking 18th at the NCAA cross country meet and 15th at the NCAA indoor meet ... both the men's and women's cross country teams earned All-Academic recognition for having GPAs above 3.0 in the fall; in addition, 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 January ... 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.