Cal Men Leap 8 Spots to 16th in National Poll

March 2, 2010

BERKELEY - Based on its performance at last weekend's MPSF indoor championships, the Cal men's track & field team jumped eight spots to 16th in the latest national poll, matching the Bears' highest standing of the season. The move was the largest of any team in the rankings.

At the MPSF meet, three Cal men captured individual titles - Mark Matusak in the 3000 meters, Mike Morrison in the heptathlon and Patrick Kowalsky in the shot put. In addition, Michael Coe took third in the 3000 and fourth in the mile, Sebastian Sam was fourth in the 800, and the distance medley relay team comprised of Matusak, Tom Blocker, Sam and Coe placed fourth. Other upper-level finishes came from Morrison and Hammed Suleman, who tied for third in the long jump, and Miles Palacios (3rd, weight throw).

In the national event rankings, Matusak is fifth in the mile (school-record 3:58.36) and 10th in the 3000 (7:55.63), Coe is fifth in the 3000 (7:52.14), the DMR is fifth with its time of 9:32.11, Morrison is sixth in the heptathlon (school-record 5,710) with Kyle Mills-Bunje 20th in the event (5,504), and Connor Landry is 22nd in the pole vault (17-5.50).

On the women's side, Deborah Maier is ranked in two events - eighth in the 5000 (school-record 15:58.49) and 18th in the 3000 (school-record 9:20.05) - while Sofia Oberg's 2:06.40 in the 800 run at the MPSF championships puts her in the 19th spot in the country. The Bears' DMR of Taylor Bryson, Alima Kamara, Oberg and Deborah Maier is 15th at 11:19.93, and Kimyon Broom is 19th in the 60 hurdles (school-record 8.30)

Cal takes a week off from indoor competition before going to the NCAA championships March 12-13 in Fayetteville, Ark. The outdoor season gets underway Saturday at the Stanford Open.

USTFCCCA NCAA Division IMen's Indoor Track & Field National Team Rankings2010 Week #6 - March 1

School Points Last Week1. Texas A&M 141.69 12. Florida 136.89 43. Oregon 134.27 24. LSU 109.18 35. Arizona State 107.75 56. Arkansas 91.80 67. Texas Tech 91.19 98. Virginia Tech 80.81 159. Oklahoma 75.10 1210. Indiana 71.67 711. Nebraska 69.31 812. Minnesota 65.06 1713. Penn State 64.53 1114. Florida State 63.65 1315. Stanford 62.08 1416. California 55.78 2417. Northern Arizona 53.64 1918. Auburn 50.94 1619. Baylor 50.91 1020. South Carolina 46.02 --21. Arizona 45.76 1822. New Mexico 44.69 2223. Mississippi 44.02 --24. Georgia 44.00 2525. Texas 43.78 --

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