Bears Begin Outdoor Season at Stanford Open

March 4, 2010

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THIS WEEK IN CAL TRACK & FIELD: With a week still to go in the indoor season, members of the Golden Bear track & field team will move outdoors on Saturday for the Stanford Open at Cobb Track and Angell Field. The meet will feature athletes from Cal, Stanford, Cal Poly, UC Davis, USF and Fresno State.

The Golden Bear contingent will not include those who are expected to compete at the NCAA indoor championships March 12-13 in Fayetteville, Ark., giving them added time to train for the national meet.

CAL MEN RANKED 24TH IN POLL: Based on its performance at last weekend's MPSF indoor championships, the Cal men 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. Cal, which has maintained a position in the Top 25 all year, was also ranked 16th in the Feb. 2 poll.

Cal's Men's Indoor RankingsPreseason          20     Week 4 (Feb. 16)    22Week 1 (Jan. 26)   22     Week 5 (Feb. 23)    24Week 2 (Feb. 2)    16     Week 6 (March 2)    16Week 3 (Feb. 9)    16     Source: USTFCCCA

MPSF CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP: The Golden Bears captured four individual titles at the MPSF Indoor Championships Feb. 26-27 in Seattle, Wash. The Cal men claimed third place in the team competition, with the Cal women finishing in the fifth position.

Deborah Maier took home the crown in the women's 3000 meters, finishing in 9:20.05, a time that not only set a school indoor record, but also was more than a second lower than the Bears' outdoor mark in the event. Even more noteworthy was the fact that Maier fell midway through the race yet recovered to out-kick her opposition.

The Cal men produced three individual winners - Mark Matusak in the 3000 (7:59.67), Patrick Kowalsky in the shot put (59-0.75) and Mike Morrison in the heptathlon (5,655).

CAL'S 2010 NCAA QUALIFIERS: Following the MPSF championships, Golden Bears have posted 19 NCAA qualifying marks - four automatic and 15 provisional. The automatic qualifiers are Mark Matusak (mile), Michael Coe (3000m), Mike Morrison (heptathlon) and Deborah Maier (5000m).

Event        Name                        Mark        Date   NCAA ListMen800m         Sebastian Sam               1:49.82     2/27   ProvisionalMile         Mark Matusak                3:58.36*    2/13   Automatic             Michael Coe                 4:02.86     2/27   Provisional3000m        Michael Coe                 7:52.14     2/13   Automatic             Mark Matusak                7:55.63     1/30   Provisional5000m        Kari Karlsson               14:03.06    2/26   ProvisionalDMR          Matusak/Blocker/Sam/Coe     9:32.11     2/26   ProvisionalShot Put     Patrick Kowalsky            59-0.75     2/27   ProvisionalPole Vault   Connor Landry               17-5.50     2/13   Provisional             Ryan Shuler                 17-0.75     1/23   ProvisionalHeptathlon   Mike Morrison               5,710*      1/30   Automatic             Kyle Mills-Bunje            5,504       1/30   Provisional

Women800m Sofia Oberg 2:06.40 2/27 Provisional3000m Deborah Maier 9:20.05* 2/27 Provisional5000m Deborah Maier 15:58.49* 2/12 Automatic Alison Greggor 16:35.75 2/26 Provisional60mH Kimyon Broom 8.30* 1/30 ProvisionalDMR Bryson/Kamara/Oberg/Maier 11:19.93 2/26 ProvisionalPole Vault Allison Stokke 13-3.75 2/13 Provisional* also Cal indoor record

THE MAIER OF BERKELEY: Sophomore Deborah Maier's breakout 2009-10 year began well before the indoor track season got underway in January. During the fall, she became the first Golden Bear woman ever named first-team All-Pac-10 after finishing sixth at the conference meet. Maier also claimed all-region status based on her 14th-place finish at the NCAA regional meet, and she was selected to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team March 1.

Now on the track, Maier has not let off the pedal. She set a Cal indoor record in the 5000 meters at the Husky Classic Feb. 12, clocking an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 15:58.49, more than 30 seconds faster than the previous mark of 16:30.56 set by Alison Greggor last season. Overall, her time was the second-lowest 5000 ever - indoors or outdoors - for a Cal runner. Only Kirsten O'Hara's 15:46.8 set at the 1985 NCAA outdoor championships was better.

Then at the MPSF indoor meet, Maier's 3000-meter time of 9:20.05 bettered both the existing Cal indoor and outdoor records. The old indoor mark of 9:36.26 was set by Greggor in 2009, while the Bears' outdoor best is 9:21.42 by Marilyn Davis in 1986.

In addition, Maier anchored Cal's distance medley relay that set a school record with a time of 11:19.93.

MATUSAK RUNS 3:58 MILE AT HUSKY CLASSIC: A day after Maier set her 5000 record, Mark Matusak came through with his own Cal mark, covering the mile in 3:58.36 at the Husky Classic. The time established a Cal indoor record, eclipsing Michael Coe's 4:00.29 from 2009, and was an NCAA automatic qualifier.

Matusak, who captured the 3000 meters at the MPSF championships, becomes the fifth Golden Bear to break four minutes in the mile indoors or outdoors, and his time was the second fastest for a Cal runner under any circumstances, passed only by Coe's 3:56.18 outdoor mile last year. Other Bears to run a sub-4-minute mile outdoors are David Torrence (3:58.62, 2007), Don Bowden (3:58.7, 1957) and Andy Clifford (3:59.59, 1979).

COE CRUISING ALONG: Junior Michael Coe, who earned MSPF Male Athlete of the Year in 2009 after winning the mile and helping Cal's distance medley relay to a conference title, has continued his pace in 2010. In his first outing of the season, Coe posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 7:52.14 in the 3000 meters at the Husky Classic - second only to the record 7:48.05 he ran at the Husky Classic on Feb. 14, 2009. After his outstanding '09 MPSF meet, he went on to place second at the NCAA championships in the 3000 (7:54.42).

Coe was an active participant at the 2010 MPSF meet last week, taking fourth in the mile (4:02.86) and third in the 3000 (8:01.23) on Feb. 27, one day after helping the Bears to an NCAA provisional time in the DMR (9:32.11).

VROOM BROOM: Senior Kimyon Broom broke out of the blocks quickly in her first meet of the 2010 campaign, setting a Cal indoor record in the 60-meter hurdles at the Cherry & Silver Invitational (8.30). Broom then matched the time in her next competition, also crossing the line in 8.30 at the UW Invitational. The two-time defending Pac-10 champion in the 100 hurdles outdoors, Broom broke the school indoor mark of 8.31 seconds established by Osarhiemen Omwanghe in 2006.

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CAL: California will host the 2010 Pac-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Edwards Stadium/Goldman Field this spring. The decathlon and heptathlon will take place May 8-9, with the remaining events being contested May 15-16. Cal last played host to the meet in 2001. Check for more details, including event times and ticket information as the event gets closer.

BEAR NOTES: Chelsea Reilly set a Cal record in the indoor mile, running 4:48.89 at the UW Invitational ... former Golden Bear standout and current volunteer assistant coach Magdalena Lewy Boulet recently qualified for the U.S. team that will compete at the World Cross Country Championships March 28 in Bydgoszcz, Poland; Lewy Boulet was also a 2008 U.S. Olympian in the marathon ... Alysia Johnson, who won NCAA indoor and outdoor 800-meter titles in 2007 for the Bears, qualified for the U.S. team that will compete at the World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar, March 12-14 with a second-place finish at the U.S. championships in Albuquerque (2:01.45); former Cal runner David Torrence also took third in the men's 1500 (3:51.31) ... former Cal 400-meter runner Chuck Berkeley competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver as a push man for USA 2 in the four-man bobsled; after finishing the first run in seventh place, the sled crashed in its second heat and did not complete the competition.

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