Steve Sodaro Runs 3:59.42 Mile at Brutus Hamilton Invitational

April 24, 2010

BERKELEY - With a surge in the final 200 meters, junior Steve Sodaro broke the four-minute barrier in the mile Saturday, becoming the sixth Golden Bear to achieve the record and highlighting Cal's performances on the final day of the Brutus Hamilton Invitational at Edwards Stadium.

Running in the Don Bowden Mile, Sodaro finished second in 3:59.42 to Canadian Olivier Collin's 3:57.25 in posting the fifth-fastest mile in Golden Bear history. Sodaro becomes the fourth member of the current Golden Bear roster to have achieved a sub-four-minute time, joining senior Mark Matusak, junior Michael Coe and sophomore James Brewer.

'The beginning of the race was hurting a lot,' said Sodaro, whose 8:48.32 in the 3000-meter steeplechase from the Big Meet ranks first in the Pac-10 this year. 'I didn't feel that great. My nose was bleeding right off the bat. I was a little worried and didn't know how well I was going to run. With about 400 to go, I thought I might as well go just go for it. I've got nothing to lose. I've been working for it for a while. Even as I was running today, I didn't think I had a chance to do this, and the fact that it happened is amazing.'

Coe, who set the school record with a victory in last year's Bowden Mile with a mark of 3:56.18, was third in 4:00.36. Matusak ran 3:58.36 indoors earlier this season, but faded to ninth in 4:09.68 after running second much of the race. Brewer has yet to run in 2010 due to a foot injury and has a best of 3:54.80 in the mile from his pre-Cal days in his native England.

'It was a great meet, a great day of good weather and a lot of great performances,' director of track & field Tony Sandoval said. 'It's pretty special when the mile is sub-four minutes. Our kids ran very well. In particular, for Steve to be able to run that well when he really is a steeplechaser is pretty special.'

Freshman Alima Kamara captured the 400 meters with a PR 53.68, a mark that puts her in eighth place on Cal's all-time performer list. The time improved on her effort of 53.84 set at the Jim Click Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., earlier this month and ranks her third in the Pac-10 this season.

'My goal is to make the NCAA championships and try to get a few more good marks in and see what happens,' Kamara said. 'I've worked hard for it and I'm happy that I made the list.'

Kamara finished more than half a second ahead of Maggie Vessey (New Balance), a semifinalist in the 800 at the World Championships last year and the 2008 winner of the 800 at Brutus Hamilton Invitational, who recorded a time of 54.30. Cal freshman JAsmine Joseph took third in 55.09, as well.

In addition to the 400, Kamara anchored Cal's 4x400 relay, which finished second in a season-best 3:40.06. Kamara ran a 53.5 split on the final lap.

Sophomore Deborah Maier was an easy winner of the Marilyn Davis 1500 meters, running her second-fastest time of the year in 4:24.48 and nearly three seconds in front of runner-up Eva Krchova of San Francisco (4:27.23). Taylor Dutch took fifth in 4:30.32, a more than three-second PR for the sophomore.

'It was honor to be running in the invitational section of the Brutus Hamilton because the name says it all,' Maier said. 'It celebrates all the great runners who have come to Cal. The race didn't go quite as I wanted it to. I kind of went out slow and had to kick at the end. I'm happy with the win.'

Junior Patrick Kowalsky, who won the MPSF indoor title in the shot put, picked up his third victory of the outdoor season with a best of 55-7.75, five inches further than runner-up Joe Canavan of Utah State. Kowalsky has also claimed meet titles at the Big Meet and the Stanford Invitational in 2010.

Additionally, Kowalsky was third in the discus in 164-10, just one inch shy of his career best. Ryan Young, Cal's school record-holder in the javelin, competed for the first time this spring and was eighth at 150-9.

Cal's women's 4x100-meter relay, consisting of Kimyon Broom, Kristin Holmes, Kayla Dixon and Cherrelle Garrett, finished second in a season-best 45.18, a time that ranks ninth all-time for the Bears. Cal's men's relay dropped the baton on the first exchange and did not finish.

Broom later took second in the 100 hurdles in 13.22 seconds, with Hyleas Fountain, a 2008 Olympic silver medalist in the heptathlon, defending her Brutus Hamilton title in 13.16. Fountain also won the long jump with a leap of 21-4 during the morning session.

Freshman Hammed Suleman stepped outside the horizontal jumps for the first time this spring and made the final of the men's university 100 meters, where he took seventh in 11.04. Cal's Nick Porter was sixth in 10.96. Back in his specialty, Suleman took second in the long jump (23-11.75).

Stanford's Katerina Stefanidi, who captured the women's pole vault title at the Big Meet two weeks ago, set a meet record in the event by clearing 13-9.25. She broke the mark of 13-5.75 set by Cal's Allison Stokke, who tied for runner-up status with Sacramento State's Elizabeth Norvell Saturday with a best of 13-0.25.

Brigetta Barrett of Arizona also established a meet record in the high jump with a leap of 6-0. Runner-up Kristen Meister of Cal jumped 5-10, just off her PR of 5-10.75 from earlier in the year.

Brutus Hamilton Invitational
Saturday, April 24, 2010 - Edwards Stadium - Berkeley, Calif.

Complete Meet Results

California Results

Men's Results
University 100m prelims - 6. Nick Porter 10.92q; 7. Hammed Suleman 10.95q

University 100m - 6. Nick Porter 10.96; 7. Hammed Suleman 11.04

400m - 10. Tom Blocker 49.03; 13. 13. Tojsh Kennedy 49.97

Lon Spurrier 800m - 10. Sebastian Sam 1:53.11

1500m - 30. Austin Jett 4:00.82

Don Bowden Mile - 2. Steve Sodaro 3:59.42; 3. Michael Coe 4:00.36; 5. Yosef Ghebray 4:03.00; 9. Mark Matusak 4:09.68

University 110m Hurdles prelims - 1. Aaron Burney 14.60q; 9. Kevin Kuechler 15.62

University 110m Hurdles - 2. Aaron Burney 14.63

Eddie Hart 4x100m Relay - Porter/Blocker/Morrison/Suleman DNF

Upshaw Family Invitational Long Jump - 2. Hammed Suleman 23-11.75 (7.31m); 7. Chad Jones 22-7.00 (6.88m)

Brent Burns Invitational Pole Vault - 4. Ryan Shuler 15-11.25 (4.86m); 4. Justin Miller 15-11.25 (4.86m); 7. Connor Landry 15-11.25 (4.86m)

Dave Maggard Shot Put - 1. Patrick Kowalsky 55-7.75 (16.96m)

Discus - 3. Patrick Kowalsky 164-10 (50.25m); 8. Ryan Young 150-9 (45.96m)

Women's Results
Invitational 100m - 4. Cherrelle Garrett 11.69

University 100m prelims - 6. Malaina Payton 12.30q

University 100m - 4. Malaina Payton 12.17

200m - 2. Cherrelle Garrett 24.32

400m - 1. Alima Kamara 53.68; 3. JAsmine Joseph 55.09; 8. Kayla Dixon 56.01; 13. Natalya Beneby 56.78; 15. Angelica Weaver 56.86; 17. Shannon Forbes 57.69; 18. LAureina Toler 58.07

Louis Romo 800m - 4. Sofia Oberg 2:07.56

Marylyn Davis 1500m - 1. Deborah Maier 4:24.48; 5. Taylor Dutch 4:30.32

University 1500m - 16. Rowena Tam 4:45.15

Invitational 100m Hurdles - 2. Kimyon Broom 13.22

University 100m Hurdles prelims - 7. Emani Truluck 14.12q; 20. Dantia Hudson 15.13

University 100m Hurdles - Emani Truluck FS

4x100m Relay - 2. Broom/Holmes/Dixon/Garrett 45.18

4x400m Relay - 2. Joseph/Dixon/Weaver/Kamara 3:40.06

Upshaw Family Invitational Long Jump - 6. Malaina Payton 19-6.25 (5.95m); 8. Kristin Holmes 19-1.50 (5.83m)

Invitational Triple Jump - 3. Mercedes Marchbanks 40-9.50 (12.43m)

High Jump - 2. Kristen Meister 5-10.00 (1.78m); 15. Kristin Rimbach 5-2.25 (1.58m); 19. Gianna Fernandez 5-0.25 (1.53m)

Pole Vault - T2. Allison Stokke 13-0.25 (3.97m); 9. Theresa Raub 11-8.50 (3.57m)

Shot Put - 16. Linda Oseso 41-9.75 (12.74m)

Javelin - 9. Dana Hoolko 127-4 (38.82m)

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