Deborah Maier Breaks Cal Indoor 5000-meter Record

Feb. 12, 2010

SEATTLE, Wash. - Sophomore Deborah Maier set a California indoor record in the 5000 meters Friday, clocking an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 15:58.49 on the opening night of the Husky Classic.

Maier, who placed fifth overall, was well under the NCAA automatic standard of 16:07.50. Her time was also the second-fastest 5000 time ever - indoors or outdoors - for the Golden Bears. Only Kirsten O'Hara's 15:46.8 set at the 1985 NCAA outdoor championships was better.

In addition to Maier, senior Alison Greggor placed 34th in 17:06.87. Nicole Blood of Oregon claimed first in the 5000 Friday, finishing in 15:51.59.

Cal had only one men's competitor Friday in Matt Miller, who was 25th in the 5000 in 14:47.43.

Only the 5000 and distance medley relay were contested Friday. All other events, which will include nearly 40 Golden Bear entrants, will be run Saturday.

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