Women's Distance Medley Relay Sets Cal Recorda at MPSF Indoor Meet

Feb. 26, 2010

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Cal women's distance medley relay set a school record and Mike Morrison took the first-day lead in the heptathlon to highlight the Golden Bears' first day at the MPSF Indoor Track & Field Championships on the University of Washington campus.

At the end of the night, the Cal men held third place with 26 points, while the Cal women were fourth with 23 points.

The women's distance medley relay team of Taylor Bryson, Alima Kamara, Sofia Oberg and Deborah Maier completed the 4000-meter race in 11:19.93, breaking the old Cal mark of 11:28.96 set in 2007. The Bears were second to Oregon, which finished in 11:17.71. Both the Bears and Ducks posted NCAA provisional qualifying times.

Morrison, an All-American heptathlete as a freshman at Florida before transferring to Cal, compiled 3,145 points through four events. He had the best mark of the day in the shot put (PR 42-7) and ranked second in both the 60-meter dash (PR 7.05) and long jump (23-11). Teammate Kevin Kuechler held the seventh position overall with 2,800 points.

Miles Palacios gave Cal its first points of the meet by taking third in the weight throw with a PR 61-8.25, which he unleashed on his second attempt. Palacios' previous best was 60-5.25 at the UW Invitational back on Jan. 30. Friday's effort also resulted in an improvement from 14th place last year and from fifth place in 2008.

In the women's weight throw, Kiely Smith took second with a mark of 56-3.00, a nearly 3 1/2-foot improvement from her 2010 best entering the meet and a PR by more than a foot.

Hammed Suleman and Morrison tied for third in the long jump, with both posting a PR of 24-6.25. Suleman recorded the distance on his sixth and final jump, and Morrison hit his mark on his only attempt, choosing to pass on his remaining jumps to conserve energy for the heptathlon, which was being contested concurrently.

Cherrelle Garrett, runner-up in the 60 meters last year, placed second in her heat in a season-best 7.47 seconds to qualify for Saturday's final. In the 60 hurdles, Emani Truluck claimed the final spot in the finals with a prelim time and PR of 8.58 seconds.

Kari Karlsson improved his PR in the 5000 meters by nearly four seconds, taking fifth with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 14:03.06. Steve Sodaro was 10th in the 20-man field in 14:13.54. In the women's 5000, senior Alison Greggor ran 16:35.75, which was also an NCAA provisional time, to place sixth. Greggor's time was just five seconds off her PR in the event and a season best.

The men's distance medley relay, which consisted of Mark Matusak, Tom Blocker, Sebastian Sam and Michael Coe - was fourth in an NCAA provisional time of 9:32.11.

Kellan Patterson failed to advance in the 60 meters, taking 12th in the prelims in 6.88 seconds, missing out on a chance to defend his conference title in the event. In addition, Nick Porter ran a time of 7.00 and Dash Oliver finished in 7.03.

The two-day meet concludes Saturday afternoon.

2010 MPSF Indoor Track & Field Championships
Seattle, Wash.

Complete Results

Friday's Cal Men's Results

Team Standings (through 6 events)
1. UCLA 40, 2. Stanford 33, 3. California 26, 4. Washington 25, 5. Arizona 21, 6. Arizona State 15, 7. Cal State Northridge 13, 8. Washington State 12, 9. Oregon 7, 10. Long Beach State 2.

Weight Throw final
3. Miles Palacios 61-8.25 (18.80m)

Long Jump final
3T. Hammed Suleman 24-6.25 (7.47m), 3T. Mike Morrison 24-6.25 (7.47m)

Pole Vault final
6. Justin Miller 16-9.25 (5.11m), T7. Connor Landry 16-3.25 (4.96m)

60 meters heats
12. Kellan Patterson 6.88; 26. Nick Porter 7.00; 29. Dash Oliver 7.03

5000 meters final
5. Kari Karlsson 14:03.06*, 10. Steve Sodaro 14:13.54

200 meters final
17. Kellan Patterson 22.40, 19. Nick Porter 22.59

Distance Medley final
4. Mark Matusak, Tom Blocker, Sebastian Sam, Michael Coe 9:32.11*

Heptathlon: 60 meters
2. Mike Morrison 7.05 (865 points); 9. Kevin Kuechler 7.28 (785 points)

Heptathlon: Long Jump
2. Mike Morrison 23-11.00 (7.29m) (883 points); 4. Kevin Kuechler 22-0.75 (6.72m) (748 points)

Heptathlon: Shot Put
1. Mike Morrison 42-7.00 (12.98m) (666 points); 2. Kevin Kuechler 41-2.50 (12.56m) (640 points)

Heptathlon: High Jump
7. Mike Morrison 6-3.50 (1.92m) (731 points); T12. Kevin Kuechler 5-10.75 (1.80m) (627 points)

Heptathlon: Day 1 Standings
1. Mike Morrison 3,145, 7. Kevin Kuechler 2,800

Friday's Cal Women's Results

Team Standings (through 5 events)
1. Stanford 52, 2. Oregon 31, 3. Arizona State 25, 4. California 23, 5. Washington State 18, 6. Washington 14, 6. Cal State Northridge 14, 8. UCLA 9, 9. Arizona 6, 10. Long Beach State 2.

Weight Throw final
2. Kiely Smith 56-3.00 (17.14m)

60-meter Hurdles heats
8. Emani Truluck 8.58q

60 meters heats
4. Cherrelle Garrett 7.47q

Long Jump final
7. Kristin Holmes 19-9.50 (6.03m), 10. Malaina Payton 19-0.75 (5.81m), 15. Robyn Hunte 17-9.75 (5.43m)

5000 meters final
6. Alison Greggor 16:35.75*

200 meters final
T4. Cherrelle Garrett 24.56, 17. Kayla Dixon 24.58

Distance Medley final
2. Taylor Bryson, Alima Kamara, Sofia Oberg, Deborah Maier 11.19.93*#

*denotes NCAA provisional qualifying mark
#denotes Cal indoor record

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