Martin Maric Makes Croatian Olympic Team

July 23, 2008

BERKELEY - Current California track and field student-athlete Martin Maric made the Croatian Olympic team in the discus on Wednesday when he notched an Olympic 'B' qualifying and personal-best mark of 62.68 meters in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Olympic 'B' standard is 62.50 meters.

Maric is Cal's 45th athlete to qualify for the Games, as the Golden Bears' 2008 contingent is the largest ever for the school at one Olympics - topping the total of 38 from 1996 and 2000. Maric is also the fifth Cal track and field athlete who will participate in this year's Games and the 45th Cal Olympian in the history of the program. He will be joined by former Bears, Magdalena Lewy (current Cal assistant coach), Grace Upshaw and Kristin Heaston, representing the U.S. team, and Amin Nikfar for Iran. Maric is Cal's only current track and field student-athlete to compete in this summer's Olympic Games.

'We can all share in his excitement,' said director of track and field Tony Sandoval. 'This has been a dream of his and he and Coach (Ed) Miller have done a tremendous job this year. I think he will do a great job in Beijing.'

Maric, who just wrapped up his first year at Cal after transferring from Georgia, achieved All-America status at the NCAA Championships earlier this year when he recorded a mark of 185-10 (56.64m) in the discus, taking eighth overall. It was the second time he earned All-America honors in his collegiate career. His previous personal best was 61.13 meters, which he earned at the Texas Relays last April.

The 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, run from Aug. 9 to 24. The track and field portion of the Games begins on Aug. 15.

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