Spotlight: California's Kirsten O'Hara
One of the most decorated distance runners in Cal history, Kirsten O'Hara garnered five All-America accolades as a member of the Golden Bears' cross country and track and field teams from 1984-89 and is a member of Cal's Pac-10 All-Decade team (1986-96). O'Hara is the only three-time All-American in Cal cross country history, placing 11th at the 1987 NCAA Championships for the highest-ever finish by a Cal runner. She received her other cross country All-America accolades by finishing 20th nationally in 1985 and 37th in 1988, adding to her credentials as Cal's Athlete of the Decade in cross country from 1986-96.
O'Hara earned track and field All-America recognition for her sixth-place showing in the 5000m at the 1985 NCAA Championships, clocking the current school record of 15:46.8. She wrapped up her Cal career with a third-place All-America performance in the 10,000m (32:52.86) at the 1988 NCAA Championships. O'Hara's 10,000m school record (32:40.76) also has endured for 21 years. She was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.
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