Belota Asmerom Captures 5000m at Pac-10 Track & Field Championships

May 20, 2001

BERKELEY - The Stanford men won their first conference title since 1927 and UCLA edged USC in the women's race at the Pac-10 Track & Field Championships Sunday at Edwards Stadium.

The Stanford men totaled 142 points, just nudging out USC, which finished with 136 points. UCLA was third at 115.5, while Cal, which captured sixth place with 85 points, had its best finished since taking sixth in 1995.

On the women's side, UCLA out-pointed USC, 155-153, with Stanford coming in third with 120.5 points. The Cal women ended the day in seventh place with 54 points.

The Bears crowned one Pac-10 champion in the meet, as Belota Asmerom took home the men's 5000-meter title in a time of 14:07.23, beating Stanford's Jonathon Riley (14:10.55).

In addition, the Cal men's 4x100 relay placed third (40.49) and Vincent Ibia was runner-up in the triple jump (50-5.25).

On the women's side, Cal's best finish came from Shawn Adkins, who took second in the triple jump with a leap of 41-1.75. Other top performances came from Jennifer Joyce in the hammer (3rd, 203-3) and Dana Lawson in the discus (2nd, 175-11).

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