By Jeff Faraudo
Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at 10:39 pm in Track and field.
Cal long jumpers Hammed Suleman and Malaina Payton advanced to the NCAA track and field championships during the West Preliminary meet Thursday at Austin, Texas.
Suleman leaped 25 feet, 1 1/4 inches on his second attempt to qualify for the NCAA meet, June 5-8 at Eugene, Ore. He won the Pac-12 meet two weeks ago with a personal-best jump of 25-11 1/2.
On Friday, Suleman will try to qualify in the triple jump, where he is seeded No. 1 in the West meet.
Payton jumped 20-11 3/4 on her third attempt, passed on her remaining tries and also qualified for the NCAA championships.
The West Preliminary meet runs through Saturday.