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.

Winners on the day were Sofia Oberg in the women's 800 meters, Natalya Beneby in the women's 400-meter hurdles, Patrick Kowalsky in the men's shot put and Kristen Meister in the women's high jump.

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).

Former Golden Bear Ed Wright captured the high jump with a height of 7-0.50, while current Cal jumper Mike Tracy was fourth at 6-6.75.

Payton Jordan Invitational
Stanford, Calif.

Men
100 meters - 4. Nick Porter 10.91

200 meters - 3. Nick Porter 21.90; 5. Tom Blocker 22.13

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)

5000 meters (section 1) - 17. Michael Coe 13:49.68; 23. Mark Matusak 14:26.71

110-meter hurdles - 4. Aaron Burney 15.07; 7. Kevin Kuechler 15.30 (-1.5 wind)

High Jump - 4. Mike Tracy 6-6.75 (2.00m)

Pole Vault - 4. Justin Miller 16-6.75 (5.05m); 5. Ryan Shuler 16-0.75 (4.90m); 7. Connor Landry 16-0.75 (4.90m)

Long Jump - 2. Hammed Suleman 23-10.00 (7.26m); 5. Chad Jones 22-3.75 (6.80m); 9. Kevin Kuechler 21-5.50 (6.54m)

Triple Jump - 6. Chad Jones 45-7.25 (13.90m)

Shot Put - 1. Patrick Kowalsky 56-2.50 (17.13m); 9. Kevin Kuechler 39-10.75 (12.16m)

Discus - 2. Patrick Kowalsky 165-2 (50.34m); 5. Ryan Young 149-8 (45.63m)

Women
100 meters - 2. Cherrelle Garrett 11.70; 5. Malaina Payton 12.16

200 meters - 3. Cherrelle Garrett 24.47; 4. Alima Kamara 24.55; 7. Kayla Dixon 24.79

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)

100-meter hurdles - 3. Emani Truluck 14.38; 12. Dantia Hudson 15.34

400-meter hurdles - 1. Natalya Beneby 1:00.91; 2. Angelica Weaver 1:01.13; 5. Shannon Forbes 1:02.98; 7. LAureina Toler 1:03.52

High Jump - 1. Kristen Meister 5-8.75 (1.75m); 3. Kristin Rimbach 5-5.00 (1.65m); 7. Gianna Fernandez 5-1.00 (1.55m)

Pole Vault - 3. Allison Stokke 12-8.25 (3.87m); 5. Theresa Raub 12-4.50 (3.77m)

Long Jump - 2. Malaina Payton 19-8.00 (5.99m); 4. Kristin Holmes 19-4.00 (5.89m)

Triple Jump - 2. Mercedes Marchbanks 41-1.50 (12.53m)

Discus - 4. Kendall Morris (151-3 (46.10m)

Hammer - 3. Linda Oseso 176-2 (53.69m); 4. Kiely Smith 163-10 (49.95m)

Javelin - 5. Dana Hoolko 125-11 (38.39m)

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