Cal Track & Field Travels to Payton Jordan Invitational

April 27, 2010

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THIS WEEK IN CAL TRACK & FIELD: In its final tune-up before the Pac-10 championships in Berkeley next month, the Cal track & field team will make the short trip to Stanford for the Payton Jordan Invitational. Events begin at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Cobb Track & Angell Field and run until after 10 p.m.

During last year's meet, the Bears won four events - Kimyon Broom in the women's 100-meter hurdles, Francis Gadayan in the men's 800 meters, Katie Morgan in the women's pole vault and Patrick Kowalsky in the men's shot put.

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CAL: The best in West Coast track & field will descend upon Berkeley in May when Cal hosts the 2010 Pac-10 championships at Edwards Stadium. The conference multi-event meet will take place May 8-9 and the full championship competition will occur May 15-16. Reserved and general tickets are now available through the tickets link at CalBears.com.

Senior Kimyon Broom is the two-time defending Pac-10 champ in the 100-meter hurdles after running a school-record 13.02 last year. In addition, senior Cherrelle Garrett returns at the '09 conference runner-up in the 100m (11.38).

Cal last hosted the Pac-10 meet in 2001.For more complete information, including schedules and links to team facts and figures, click on the Pac-10 Championships button on the track & field page at CalBears.com.

BRUTUS HAMILTON INVITATIONAL REVIEW: Junior Steve Sodaro became the sixth Golden Bear to run a sub-four-minute mile when he was clocked in 3:59.42 to highlight Cal's results at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational last weekend at Edwards Stadium. Freshman Alima Kamara won the 400 meters in a collegiate PR 53.68 that moved her up to eighth on the school's all-time performer list. She also captured the 200 in 24.29 and anchored Cal's 4x400 relay that finished in a season-best 3:40.06. In the 1500 meters, sophomore Deborah Maier continued her strong year with a three-second victory, crossing the line in 4:24.48, while Patrick Kowalsky picked up his third win of the spring in the shot put with a best of 55-7.75. Finally, freshman Angelica Weaver set a collegiate PR in the 400 hurdles with her mark of 1:00.10.

During the New York Road Runners Distance Carnival Friday night, Amy Begley ran a world-leading time in the 3000 meters (8:53.73). In addition, Galen Rupp captured the 5000 in 13:32.53, and Japan's Yuki Sato won the 10K (28:27.93).

QUARTET OF MILERS UNDER 4 MINUTES: When Steve Sodaro finished the Don Bowden Mile in 3:59.42 at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational last Saturday, he became the fourth member of the Bears' 2010 roster to have registered a sub-four-minute mile. Junior Michael Coe set the school record last year, running 3:56.18 at the '09 Brutus Hamilton meet, while senior Mark Matusak established the Cal indoor mark of 3:58.36 at the Husky Classic in February. Sophomore James Brewer, who has yet to compete in a Cal uniform this season due to a foot injury, posted a 3:54.80 in his native England last summer.

The only other Bears to break the magic four-minute barrier are Don Bowden, whose 3:58.7 in 1957 made him the first American under four minutes, and Andy Clifford, who ran 3:59.59 in 1979.

THE MAIER OF BERKELEY: Deborah Maier began her sophomore season at Cal with a sixth-place finish at the Pac-10 cross country championships - becoming the first Golden Bear woman ever to earn first-team all-conference status - and has kept up the pace once she moved to the track. During the indoor campaign, she set a pair of school records, first in the 5000 meters (15:58.49) and then in the 3000 (9:20.05), a time that also broke Cal's existing outdoor mark. More recently, she captured the 1500 at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational and both the 1500 and 3000 at the Big Meet. Her Big Meet time of 9:26.60 in the 3K rates as the third-best mark in the country.

PHOTO FINISH: Photos from the Big Meet vs. Stanford and the Brutus Hamilton Invitational can be viewed and purchased online at GoldenBearSports.com. Cal's photographers will also on hand at the Pac-10 championships, adding to their inventory of images and providing fans plenty of opportunities to secure their favorite track & field photos.

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