Junior Hammed Suleman leaped 25 feet, 11 1/2 inches on his third attempt to win the long jump at the Pac-12 Conference championships in Los Angeles. He is the first Cal athlete in 17 years to win the event at the league meet.
Suleman, runnerup in the event the past two seasons, moved to No. 4 on Cal’s all-time list in the event. The school record is 26-6 1/4, set by Curtis Rogers in 1985.
Suleman will try to win the triple jump on Sunday. He enters the competition ranked No. 2 among all collegians at 53-4 1/2.
Collin Jarvis, defending champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finished second in a personal-best time of 8:47.82.
Cal’s top finisher in the women’s meet was Malaina Payton, who was third in the long jump at 20-9 1/4.
The day’s highlight was delivered by 2012 Olympian Brigetta Barrett, a senior at Arizona, who was the high jump with an NCAA-rec0rd clearance of 6-6 1/4. She broke the 18-year-old record of 6-6, set by former UCLA star Amy Acuff.