Golden Bears Send Contingent to USA Championships
June 21, 2010
THIS WEEK IN CAL TRACK & FIELD: With the NCAA season now complete, three members of the Golden Bears will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Wednesday through Sunday at Drake Stadium. Senior Mark Matusak is scheduled to compete in the men's 1500 meters, junior Steve Sodaro will be in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase and junior Mike Morrison will vie for the title in the decathlon.
Portions of the championships will be televised according to the following schedule:
Friday, June 25 - 5-7 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, June 26 - 10-11:30 a.m. ESPN; 12-1 p.m. NBC
Sunday, June 27 - 10-11:30 a.m. ESPN; 12-1 p.m. NBC
All times Pacific Time
CALIFORNIA ATHLETE PROFILES
BELOTA ASMEROM (1998-2001): Owns the Cal record in the 5000m of 13:31.88 set at the Mt. SAC Relays in 2001 ... in 1998, set the Cal freshman 5000m mark of 14:02.27 ... best 1500m time as a Golden Bear was 3:41.97 from 2000 ... was the NCAA runner-up in the 5000 as a senior in 2001 (13:43.13) and was 10th in the event in 2000 (14:13.94) ... also won the Pac-10 5000 tile in '01 (14:07.23) ... competed for his native Eritrea in the 2000 Olympics, running 14:15.26 in the heats ... later gained American citizenship and has ranked among the top 10 in the U.S. five times in the 5000 ... had the No. 6 5000m mark in the U.S. in 2009 (7:45.89).
Alysia Johnson (2005-08): The 2007 USA champion in the 800m, running 1:59.47 ... set the Cal record of 1:59.29 when she captured the 2007 NCAA title ... also owns the Cal indoor record of 2:03.39 ... earned six NCAA All-America certificates in her career, tying the Cal record ... sixth in the 800m at NCAAs as a freshman (2:06.88) and third in the event as a sophomore (2:03.04) ... injured as a senior and did not advance to the final ... on the NCAA indoor circuit, was third in the 800 in 2006 and '08 and first in 2007 (2:03.47) ... fourth in her heat at the 2007 World Championships (2:02.11) ... won a bronze medal at the 2010 World Indoor Championships, running an indoor PR of 1:59.60.
Mark Matusak: Finished 8th at the recent NCAA Championships in the 1500m, running 3.48.91 ... broke Cal's 31-year-old school record in the 1500 at the preliminary meet to reach the NCAA Championships (3:39.59) ... his time beat the mark of 3:39.9 set by Andy Clifford in 1979 and was a nearly three-second PR ... Matusak ran his previous PR of 3:42.42 to claim third place at the Pac-10 Championships in May ... a semifinalist in the 1500 at NCAAs in 2008 ... during the 2010 indoor season, set a Cal record in the mile, running 3:58.36 at the Husky Classic ... captured the MPSF indoor title in the 3000m in 7:59.67 ... ran leadoff on Cal's distance medley relay the last two years, taking third at NCAA indoors in 2009 and fourth this past March.
Mike Morrison: The 2010 NCAA runner-up in the decathlon after scoring 7,801 points - the No. 4 performance in Cal history ... set PRs in each of his final four events to move up the leader board ... posted a score of 7,557 points in the decathlon at the Texas Relays March 31-April 1 ... despite a sprained ankle that had limited his workouts the previous three weeks, took fourth in the decathlon at the Pac-10 meet in early May with a total of 7,218 points ... a week later, placed fourth in the Pac-10 long jump (24-4.25) ... won the MPSF heptathlon title indoors earlier this year and was third in the event at the NCAA meet with a school-record score of 5,826 ... a transfer from Florida who was the 2007 SEC Freshman of the Year ... owns a PR of 7,803 in the decathlon set at the Mt. SAC Relays his sophomore year.
Steve Sodaro: Claimed sixth in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the 2010 NCAA Championships in 8:44.06, becoming the first Cal runner to place in the steeple since 1967 ... captured the Pac-10 title in the event, running 8:40.60 ... the first conference steeple champion in school history ... his mark put him third on Cal's all-time performers list ... won his heat in 8:51.55 at the NCAA West Preliminary meet to qualify for NCAA's for the first time ... entering the season, his PR was 9:04.41 in the event ... ran a 3:59.42 mile at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational in April.
David Torrence (2004-08): Set Cal's freshman record in the 1500m, running 3:43.62 in 2004 ... his 3:40.80 in the 1500m from 2007 ranks fourth on the school's all-time performance list ... ran 3:58.62 in the mile in 2007 to break Don Bowden's nearly 50-year-old school record ... 13th in the 1500 in the 2007 NCAA meet (3:43.43) and was 10th in 2008 (3:43.97) ... part of Cal's 2007 distance medley relay that was the NCAA indoor runner-up in '07 ... the national junior champion in the 1500 in 2004 (3:51.36) ... ran 3:35.81 in the 1500 earlier this year, the No. 4 mark in the U.S.USA Championships Schedule
USA Championships Schedule
Time Event Cal CompetitorsThursday, June 244:45 p.m. W 800m 1st Round Alysia Johnson
Friday, June 258:30 a.m. Decathlon - 100m Mike Morrison9:30 a.m. Decathlon - Long Jump Mike Morrison12:00 noon Decathlon - Shot Put Mike Morrison1:15 p.m. Decathlon - High Jump Mike Morrison2:15 p.m. M 3000mSC 1st Round Steve Sodaro3:10 p.m. Decathlon - 400m Mike Morrison4:15 p.m. M 1500m 1st Round Belota Asmerom, Mark Matusak, David Torrence5:15 p.m. W 800m Semifinal Alysia Johnson7:35 p.m. M 5000m Final Belota Asmerom
Saturday, June 268:30 a.m. Decathlon - 100mHH Mike Morrison9:30 a.m. Decathlon - Discus Mike Morrison12:00 noon Decathlon - Pole Vault Mike Morrison2:15 p.m. Decathlon - Javelin Mike Morrison4:30 p.m. Decathlon - 1500m Mike Morrison
All times Pacific Time