Maric Captures 2009 NCAA Discus Championship

June 13, 2009


NCAA Championships Central

Senior Martin Maric won the 2009 NCAA title in the men's discus Saturday in the final day of the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Saturday's performance caps off a tremendous finish to Maric's collegiate career. The 2008 Croatian Olympian ends his senior campaign with a national and a regional championship.

Maric posted a mark of 196-3 (59.82m) to win the title. He won the competition on his last throw, moving from third to first. Arizona State's Ryan Whiting came in second with a throw of 196-2. For the second straight year, Maric has earned All-America honors.

'What a clutch performance and a great finish to his collegiate career,' said director of track and field Tony Sandoval. 'He was in third for most of the final throws, but he put it all together for his last one.'

In other action on Saturday, sophomore Michael Coe finished in 10th in the 1500 with a time of 3:41.64.

'There are so many fabulous athletes competing at NCAAs that it doesn't take much to slip here,' Sandoval said. 'We had some disappointments this weekend, but there were a lot more teams disappointed than us. We're not going to let this weekend's stumbles diminish the great season we had.'

The Cal men earned 10 points in the final standings for Maric's performance.

California Results
Men's Discus

1. Martin Maric 196-03 (59.82m)

Men's 1500 Meters
10. Michael Coe 3:41.64

Friday's California Results
Women's Pole Vault

13. Katie Morgan 13-5.25 (4.10m)

Women's Triple Jump
27. Tracey Stewart 39-10.00 (12.14m)

Women's 400 Meters
13. Kandi Bonty 53.88, 17. Brook Turner 54.89

Thursday's California Results
Women's 10,000 Meters

Alison Greggor DNF

Men's Discus
1. Martin Maric 201-10 (61.53m)Q

Men's 1500 Meters
5. Michael Coe 3:41.60Q

Men's 110-Meter Hurdles
25. Jordan Paul 14.63

Men's 10,000 Meters
Yosef Ghebray DNF

Wednesday's California Results
Women's Pole Vault

13. Katie Morgan 13-1.50 (4.00m)Q, 19. Allison Stokke 12-9.50 (3.90m)

Women's 4x100 Meter Relay
13. Broom, Bonty, Dixon, Garrett 44.66

Women's 400 Meters
12. Brook Turner 53.48Q, 14. Kandi Bonty 53.99Q

Women's 100 Meters
15. Cherrelle Garrett 11.77

Men's 400-meter hurdles
26. Jake Hanson 53.19

Men's 800 Meters
27. Francis Gadayan 1:53.46

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