Cal Hosts Brutus Hamilton Invitational Friday-Saturday

April 20, 2010

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THIS WEEK IN CAL TRACK & FIELD: More than 700 athletes representing over 80 teams from around the world will convene at Edwards Stadium in Berkeley this weekend for the annual Brutus Hamilton Invitational. Events run all day Friday and Saturday and include the New York Road Runners Distance Carnival, which features eight Olympians running under the lights Friday night.

LIGHTS OUT: Once again, portable lights will be brought to Edwards Stadium for both university/open distance events and the New York Road Runners Distance Carnival Friday.

Starting at 8:25 p.m. with the women's 3000-meter steeplechase, the nighttime festivities also include the men's 3000 steeplechase, the women's 5000 and the men's Maxwell Family 5000.

At 9:35 p.m., the Distance Carnival gets underway with the women's 3000, followed by the men's 5000 and the men's 10,000. The top entrants in the Distance Carnival include:

Women's 3000 metersRenee Metivier Baillie, USA - 2010 USA Indoor 3000-meter championAmy Begley, USA - 2008 Olympian, 10,000 metersYuriko Kobayashi, Japan - 2008 Olympian, 5000 metersKatie McGregor, USA - Five-time USA championJen Rhines, USA - Three-time Olympian

Men's 5000 metersMatt Gabrielson, USA - 2009 IAAF World Championships team, marathonGalen Rupp, USA - 2008 Olympian, 10,000 metersPatrick Smyth, USA - Seven-time NCAA All-American at Notre Dame

Men's 10,000 metersBrett Gotcher, USA - 2:10:36 debut marathon (No. 4 USA debut time in history)Yuki Sato, Japan - Fastest PR in the field (27:38.25, No. 3 all-time in Japan)

BIG MEET REVIEW: Sophomore Deborah Maier won both the 1500 and 3000 meters and the 4x400-meter relay came through in the final event with a three-second triumph as the Cal women's track & field team defeated Stanford, 84-79, for its first victory in the Big Meet since 2000 on April 10 at Edwards Stadium. On the men's side, Stanford prevailed for the fourth year in a row, 93.5 to 69.5.

The women's teams were deadlocked at 79 points apiece heading into the 4x400 relay, meaning the winner of the final race would take the meet. Cal's line-up featured three freshmen - JAsmine Joseph, Angelica Weaver and Alima Kamara - plus junior Kayla Dixon. Joseph, who captured the 400, staked the Bears to an early lead two-second lead after one lap and Cal held on through Kamara's anchor leg, finishing in 3:42.82.

Junior Steve Sodaro set a Big Meet record with a time of 8:48.32 in the 3000-meter steeplechase, which was the second-best mark in the country at the time. Senior Kimyon Broom also broke her own meet record in the 100 hurdles when she was timed in a season-best 13.18.

Despite cool and windy conditions, the Bears set 53 season-best marks. Freshman Hammed Suleman was a double-winner for Cal, taking both the long jump (24-5.00w) and triple jump (48-4.75w).

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.

PHOTO FINISH: Photos from the Big Meet vs. Stanford can be viewed and purchased online at Cal's photographers will also on hand at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational and the Pac-10 championships, adding to their inventory of images and providing fans plenty of opportunities to secure their favorite track & field images.

2009 BRUTUS HAMILTON INVITATIONAL RECAP: Michael Coe set a Cal record in the Don Bowden Mile, running 3:56.18, to highlight Cal's performances at the 2009 Brutus Hamilton meet. David Torrence, who held the previous mark, placed second in 3:57.04. Coe's time was the fastest in the United States and No. 3 in the world at the time.

During the Friday night New York Road Runners Distance Carnival, Liberty's Sam Chelanga snapped the collegiate record in the 10,000 meters when he was clocked in 27:28.48, breaking the old record of 27:33.58 by Galen Rupp of Oregon. In addition, 2008 Olympian Shannon Rowbury (15:12.95) and Philes Moraa Ongori (31:53.46) established women's world-leading times in the 5000 and 10,000 meters, respectively.

VROOM BROOM: Senior Kimyon Broom, the two-time defending conference champion in the 100-meter hurdles, won the hurdles race at the Big Meet April 10 in a season-best time of 13.18 seconds. This week, she will be seeking a title in the invitational 100 hurdles at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational. In the 2009 meet, she finished second to 2008 Olympic heptathlete Hyleas Fountain, 13.02 to 13.08. Broom's time did break her own existing school record, a mark she later lowered to 13.02 at the '09 Pac-10 championships.

Earlier this year, Broom set a Cal record in the indoor 60 hurdles at the Cherry & Silver Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. (8.30). She then matched the time in her next competition, also crossing the line in 8.30 at the UW Invitational a week later.

BEARS TAKE AIM AT ANOTHER SUB-FOUR-MINUTE MILE: Two Golden Bears who have broken four minutes in the mile over the 12 months will be at it again Saturday when they take part in the Don Bowden Mile. Last season, Michael Coe ran a school-record 3:56.18 in winning the Brutus Hamilton Invitational event, while earlier this year, Mark Matusak set the Cal indoor mark with his time of 3:58.36 at the Husky Classic Feb. 13 in Seattle. The race is named in honor of former Bear Don Bowden, who became the first American to run a sub-four-minute mile when he went 3:58.7 in 1957 in Stockton, Calif.

MORRISON POSTS NO. 5 DECATHLON MARK AT CAL: In his first decathlon effort of the season, junior Mike Morrison finished second to Oregon's Ashton Eaton at the Texas Relays April 1, putting up a 7,557 total that ranks as the fifth-highest mark in school history and best for a Golden Bear since Bevan Hart accumulated 8,002 points in 2000.. Morrison established four PRs in the two-day competition and overtook Texas A&M's Trinity Otto on the final event - the 1500 meters - for the runner-up position. Only four men are ahead of Morrison on Cal's all-time performer's list - Chris Huffins (school-record 8,007 points in 1993), Hart (8002 in 2000), Ross Bomben (7,808 in 1998) and Dave Steen (7,778 in 1980).

SODARO TOPS PAC-10 IN STEEPLECHASE: Junior Steve Sodaro set a meet record with a time of 8:48.32 in the 3000-meter steeplechase vs. Stanford April 10. The mark not only leads the Pac-10 and ranks seventh in the country, but is also sixth fastest in Cal history. Only Kevin Davis, who set the school record of 8:35.37 in 2007 has a better time for the Bears over the past 23 years.

THE MAIER OF BERKELEY: Sophomore Deborah Maier owns the best time in the Pac-10 and second-best mark in the country in the 3000 meters after running 9:26.60 to win the Big Meet vs. Stanford. During the indoor season, Maier won the MPSF 3000 title in 9:20.05, which not only set a Cal record but also was faster than Cal's top outdoor mark of all-time. In addition, she established a school record in the 5000 when she went 15:58.49 in Seattle Feb. 12. As a cross country runner, Maier became the first Bear women named first-team All-Pac-10 after placing sixth at the conference meet. In addition, she was a Pac-10 All-Academic choice.

TEAM RANKINGS: Both the Cal men and women are ranked among the top teams in the country in the current rankings from the track & field coaches association (USTFCCCA). The Golden Bear men are 19th, while the women are 37th (April 20 poll). During the indoor season, Cal's men rose as high as 16th and finished 17th at the NCAA championships.

Golden Bear Leaders in NCAA, Pac-10 Rankings

Name               Event        Mark   NCAA   Pac-10MenMichael Coe        3000m     8:07.28      3        3Kari Karlsson      3000m     8:10.29      6        7Collin Jarvis      3000m     8:14.63      9        9Steve Sodaro       3000mSC   8:48.32      7        1Hammed Suleman     LJ        24-8.50     25        2Patrick Kowalsky   SP           59-3     17        4Mike Morrison      Dec          7557      6        2

WomenSofia Oberg 800m 2:06.81 14 4Deborah Maier 3000m 9:26.60 2 1Alison Greggor 5000m 16:25.88 10 6Kimyon Broom 100mH 13.18 7 1Kristen Meister HJ 5-10.75 16 2

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