Asmerom Finishes Second In 5,000 At NCAA Track And Field Championships

June 1, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - California's Bolota Asmerom took second in the 5,000 meters, and Maria Lopez brought home seventh in the pole vault Friday evening at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon.

Asmerom, who entered the NCAAs with the third fastest time in the 5,000 with a time of 13:31.88, ran a 13:43.13 to finish second behind Stanford's Jonathon Riley (13:42.51). Asmeron improved his finish from the 2000 NCAAs when he finished 10th.

Lopez recorded a mark of 13 feet, 1 1/2 inches for a seventh-place finish. Arizona's Andrea Dutoit won the even with a vault of 13-9 1/4. Lopez entered the championships with a personal best of 13-2 1/2, which is a Cal record.

On Saturday, Jennifer Joyce competes in the hammer, and Nate DeSomber and Rhuben Williams vie for the shot put title on the final day of competition.

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