Bears Win Four Events at Payton Jordan Invitational
May 1, 2010
STANFORD - Golden Bears captured four individual events and a pair of Cal runners joined the school's top-10 performers' list in the men's 5000 meters to lead the track & field team's efforts at the Payton Jordan Invitational Saturday at Stanford.
The Bears planned to put an emphasis on the men's 5000 entering the meet. Michael Coe placed 17th in section one of the 5000, where he was the top U.S. collegian in the field, and finished in 13:49.68, putting him seventh on Cal's all-time list. Mark Matusak was 23rd in the race in 14:26.71.
A few minutes before Coe and Matusak's race, Steve Sodaro, fresh off the sub-four-minute mile he ran at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational last weekend, competed in the 5000 for the first time at Cal and ran 14:01.06, which comes in 10th on the school's performers' chart.
Oberg had the top performance of the day for the women, running a PR 2:05.27 in the 800 meters, a time that not only was more than a second ahead of her previous best, but also stands as the sixth-fastest 800 time in school history and No. 6 among NCAA runners this spring. Oberg completed the two laps with a nearly one-second edge on runner-up Lindsey Schnell (unattached), who finished in 2:06.07.
Beneby led a 1-2 finish for the Bears in the 400 hurdles with a season-best effort 1:00.91, slightly faster than the 1:01.00 she ran last week at the Brutus Hamilton meet. Angelica Weaver was right behind in 1:01.13, while Shannon Forbes was fifth in 1:02.98 and LAureina Toler seventh in 1:03.52.
Kowalsky won the shot put at a meet for the fourth time this outdoor season with a heave of 56-2.50. He also captured shot titles at the Stanford Invitational, the Big Meet and the Brutus Hamilton Invitational. In addition, Kowalsky placed second in the discus with a PR 165-2, which was a three-inch improvement.
Meister cleared 5-8.75 to claim the high jump. She and Nevada's La Tijera Avery both recorded the same height, but Meister was awarded first place based on fewer misses during the competition.
JAsmine Joseph was runner-up in the 400 meters in 54.12 seconds, a nearly one-second collegiate PR from the 55.07 she ran at the Jim Click Shootout April 3. Other second-place finishes in women's events were registered by Malaina Payton (long jump, 19-8.00); Mercedes Marchbanks (triple jump 41.1-50) and Cherrelle Garrett (100 meters, 11.70). For the men, Hammed Suleman was second in the long jump (23-10.00).
Payton Jordan Invitational
100 meters - 4. Nick Porter 10.91
400 meters - 6. Tojsh Kennedy 49.79
1500 meters (section 5) - 10. Collin Jarvis 3:57.78
5000 meters (section 2) - 15. Steve Sodaro 14:01.06 (season-best for Cal this year)
High Jump - 4. Mike Tracy 6-6.75 (2.00m)
Triple Jump - 6. Chad Jones 45-7.25 (13.90m)
400 meters - 2. JAsmine Joseph 54.12
800 meters (section 2) - 1. Sofia Oberg 2:05.27
800 meters (section 3) - 7. Taylor Dutch 2:12.68 (PR - 2:13.41)
Triple Jump - 2. Mercedes Marchbanks 41-1.50 (12.53m)
Discus - 4. Kendall Morris (151-3 (46.10m)
Javelin - 5. Dana Hoolko 125-11 (38.39m)