Track: Two Bears move through NCAA regionals

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. 


Jeff Faraudo

  • Eric

    More on the Khalfani front:

    At the CIF Southern Section Master tournament, KM ran:

    – a 10.22 100 meter (winning the race, tops in California, and breaking a 28-year old Southern Section record)

    – a 20.79 200 meter (winning the race, tops in California)

    – anchoring the 4×100 to qualify for State prelims (after a terrible hand-off between the first and second legs, KM ran down two guys to get the team to qualify)