Debroah Maier Named to Coaches' All-Academic Team

March 1, 2010

BERKELEY - Cal sophomore Deborah Maier, who earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as well as all-region recognition this past fall, has been named to the coaches association All-Academic team for cross country.

The award, as decided by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), honors those student-athletes who have succeeded both academically and athletically. To be eligible, a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average and finish among the top 15 (or top 10 percent) at their respective NCAA regional meet.

During the 2009 cross country season, Maier paced the Bears in all four of her races. Her sixth-place finish at the Pac-10 championships was the highest for any Cal women's runner since 1997 and helped the Bears claim fifth in the team standings - the squad's best showing in 21 years. In addition, Maier took 14th at the NCAA regional meet.

A political science major with a 3.771 GPA, Maier has maintained her strong performances on the indoor track. Last weekend, she captured the 3000 meters at the MPSF indoor championships in 9:20.05, a time that not only broke the school indoor record but also was lower than Cal's outdoor mark in the event. Earlier in February, Maier set the Cal indoor record at 5000 meters, crossing the finish line in 15:58.49.

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