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Track and field: Maier 2nd at indoor nationals

Cal junior Deborah Maier finished second in the women’s 3,000 meters on Saturday at the NCAA indoor track and field championships in Nampa, Idaho. On the heels of her runnerup finish in the 5,000 on Friday night, Maier became the first Cal athlete to score in two events at the meet in 22 years.

Georgetown’s Emily Infield passed Maier with 20 meters to go to win the 3K race in  9:15.44. Maier crossed in 9:15.74.

“What a phenomenal effort,” Cal coach Tony Sandoval said. “To turn it around after (Friday), Deborah went for it with 200 meters to go and beat some terrific people . . . This certainly puts a stamp of greatness for her future. I have to take my hat off to her. She put the disappointment of not winning Friday behind her and went for the win.”

Jeff Faraudo