June 4, 2012
THIS WEEK IN CAL TRACK & FIELD: A team of seven individuals - five men in the field and two women on the track - travels to Des Moines, Iowa, this week for the NCAA meet as the Golden Bears seek a championship conclusion to the 2012 season. Competition at Drake Stadium runs Wednesday through Saturday.
Coming out of qualifying at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds May 24-26, the Golden Bears have a squad comprised of four jumpers - Chase Wheeler (long jump), Chad Jones (triple jump), Brian Carmichael (high jump) and Harrison Steed (high jump) - along with hammer thrower Scott Esparza, 5000-meter runner Chelsea Reilly and Deborah Maier, who enters the competition with the top time in the country in the 10,000 meters.
The NCAA meet features 24 entries in each event - 12 each from the East and West qualifying rounds. NCAA.com (Wednesday) and ESPN3.com (Thursday-Saturday) will stream events live, while ESPNU will have a live telecast starting at 9 a.m. PT Saturday.
Wednesday, June 6
Saturday, June 9
BEARS JUMP HIGH AND LONG: With four jumpers having qualified for the NCAA Championships, Cal has its highest number of jumpers at the national meet in 90 years. The Bears' 1922 team, which won the NCAA title, also sported four jumpers in Jack Merchant (long jump, 4th), Allen Norris (pole vault, 1st), Brick Muller (long jump, 2nd; high jump, 3rd) and Ted Treyer (high jump, 5th).
MAIER SETS PAC-12 RECORD IN 10,000: Junior Deborah Maier, an All-American in both cross country and indoor track this season, waited until the Payton Jordan Invitational April 29 to make her outdoor debut. And just over 30 minutes after stepping onto the surface at Stanford, she completed the 10,000 meters in record-setting fashion. Maier's time of 32:12.47 not only made her the No. 3 10K runner in NCAA history, but she broke both the Pac-12 mark and a 27-year-old Cal record in the event.
Competing in a field full of experienced national and international runners, Maier placed 12th overall, but was the top collegian in her first attempt at the distance. Kirsten O'Hara set the old Cal mark of 32:40.76 in 1985, while the previous conference record was 32:19.97 by Stanford's Alicia Craig in 2004. As a result, Maier was tabbed the Pac-12 Female Outdoor Athlete of the Week.
Top 10,000-meter Runners in NCAA History 1. Lisa Koll (Iowa State) 31:18.07 2010 2. Sally Kipyego (Texas Tech) 31:25.45 2008 3. Deborah Maier (California) 32:12.47 2012
CAL'S NCAA CHAMPIONS: Over its history, Cal has claimed 41 NCAA titles - 30 by the men and another 11 by the women. The most recent champion earned his crown last spring when Mike Morrison became the fourth Golden Bear to win the decathlon championship. The most recent Cal woman to stand atop the victory platform was Katie Morgan in the pole vault in 2008.
Collin Jarvis = PAC-12 CHAMPION: Just over two years ago, no Golden Bear had ever captured a conference title in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase. Now, Cal can list a pair of champions. In 2010, Steve Sodaro won the Pac-10 race held at Edwards Stadium, and on May 12, Collin Jarvis prevailed in the first Pac-12 event. Jarvis finished in 8:48.05, a six-second improvement over his winning mark at the Big Meet. The time puts him No. 7 on Cal's all-time performer list and he becomes just the third Bear to run under 8:50 over the last 25 seasons (but third in the last five years).
TRACK & FIELD RECOGNIZED AT ACADEMIC HONORS LUNCHEON: Several members of the Cal track & field team were lauded at Cal's annual Student-Athlete Academic Honors Luncheon held May 3. Linda Oseso was a double-winner, receiving the Walter A. Haas Jr. Community Service Award for her volunteer efforts with Bear SAAC and a $5,000 Oscar Geballe Postgraduate Scholarship. Oseso is an interdisciplinary studies major with an emphasis in global health and society with a minor in global poverty. In addition, Maxime Chevee, a molecular and cell biology major, received both Pac-12 and Oscar Geballe postgraduate scholarships. Bob Riestenberg (men's cross country), Dan Davis (men's track & field), Chelsea Reilly (women's cross country) and Nicole Larson (women's track & field) all earned Golden Bear Achievement Awards for having the highest cumulative GPA on their respective teams.
GOLDEN BEAR NOTES: Six Golden Bears earned nine All-America certificates for their performances at the NCAA Indoor Championships - the most ever for the school at the national indoor meet - Deborah Maier (2nd, 3000m; 2nd, 5000m) gained 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) ... 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 ... Cal graduate Alysia Montano, the three-time USA 800m champion who placed fourth at the World Championships last summer, set a meet record in the 800m at the Prefontaine Classic (1:57.37) ... former Golden Bear David Torrence also ran a USA-leading 3:52.01 in the mile at the Pre Classic; earlier this spring, he reached the Olympic "A" standard in the 1500m (3:35.41) at the Oxy High Performance meet May 18.
Brian Carmichael - High Jump / Senior / San Jose, Calif. (Oak Grove HS)
Scott Esparza - Hammer / Redshirt-Freshman / Pleasanton, Calif. (Amador Valley HS)
Chad Jones - Triple Jump / Junior / Union City, Calif. (Bishop O'Dowd HS)
Deborah Maier - 10,000 meters / Junior / Cameron Park, Calif. (Ponderosa HS)
Chelsea Reilly - 5,000 meters / Senior / Davis, Calif. (Davis Senior HS)
Harrison Steed - High Jump / Redshirt-Freshman / Coto De Caza, Calif. (Junipero Serra HS)
Chase Wheeler - Long Jump / Sophomore / San Ramon, Calif. (De La Salle HS)