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

  • discdude

    I can only dream of running that fast. Damn!

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

  • SportsBrah

    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

  • Jeff Faraudo

    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.

  • SportsBrah

    Sorry, Jeff. Was making a Jordan Payton joke.

  • Jeff Faraudo

    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).