By Jeff Faraudo
Monday, April 30th, 2012 at 12:43 am in Spring sports.
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.