Track and field: Maier excels at Payton Jordan

Cal junior Deborah Maier had a night to remember on Sunday at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational.

Maier ran the 10,000 meters in 32 minutes, 12.47 seconds to shatter a 27-year-old school record and claim the second-fastest American collegiate time in history, third fastest by any collegiate woman.

She finished 12th in a race that featured veteran international runners and produced six Olympic “A” qualifying marks. Only two collegiate runners have clocked better times — former Iowa State runner¬†Lisa Koll and Kenyan Sally Kipyego, formerly of Texas Tech.¬†

Meanwhile, one-time Cal star and 1,500-meter specialist David Torrence ran a lifetime best of 13:16.53 and earned an Olympic “A” qualifying mark while finishing seventh in the 5,000 meters.

The meet generated five 2012 world-leading times and a total of 28 Olympic “A” qualifiers, including 25 in the men’s and women’s 5,000 and 10,000 races.


Jeff Faraudo


  1. I can only dream of running that fast. Damn!

    Jeff: Men’s and women’s golf swept P12 championships this past weekend, too.

  2. I hear that the location of the Payton Jordan Invitation has been played at multiple schools recently because the organizers can’t make up their minds about what school should have it

  3. SportsBrah — Actually, the Payton Jordan meet has been held at Stanford for the past 10 or 12 years and, as far as I know there are no plans to move it elsewhere. Distance runners love the cool and still conditions on mid-evening spring nights.

  4. Sorry, Jeff. Was making a Jordan Payton joke.

  5. No worries, SportsBrah. Funny thing is, one of my fears was that if Jordan Payton wound up at Cal, I would eventually and inevitably refer to him at some point as Payton Jordan, now deceased but as nice a gentleman as I’ve ever met (and an impressive sprinter even into his 70s).

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