Mark Matusak Takes 8th in 1500-meter Final
June 12, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. - Senior Mark Matusak placed eighth in the men's 1500 meters to earn All-America honors on the final day of the NCAA Track & Field Championships at Oregon's Hayward Field. Overall, the Golden Bear men finished with 12 team points and tied for 21st in the overall standings.
In a strategic race from the start, the 1500 field remained bunched through the first half of the race before the pace picked up with about 600 meters to go. Matusak was in fifth position through the first lap, then dropped back to 11th with 800 meters left. When the leaders made their move, Matusak went with them and stayed close to the rail through the final turn. At the finish, he just out-leaned Stanford's Dylan Ferris, beating him by four one-hundredths of a second, 3:48.91 to 3:48.95.
Andrew Wheating led a 1-2-3 Oregon finish, completing the race in 3:47.94. A.J. Acosta was second in 3:48.01 and Matthew Centrowitz third in 3:48.98. The top eight across the line were all within one second of each other.
Matusak's result was worth one point in the team standings, adding to Mike Morrison's runner-up finish in the decathlon and Steve Sodaro's sixth-place standing the 3000-meter steeplechase. Cal's 12 points marked their highest total since the Bears also tallied 12 points in 2001. And the Bears' tie for 21st matched the 2000 squad for the highest finish in the last 15 years.
NCAA Track & Field Championships
Hayward Field, Eugene, Ore.
1500 meters - 8. Mark Matusak 3:48.91