Underclassmen Anchor Big Weekend for Cal Up North

Jarvis, Suleman Have Biggest Weekends of Young Careers in Strong Display at Washington.

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Surprisingly, the strongest efforts on the Cal track and field team came not from veterans, but from a pair of underclassmen. They did it in style, too.

Freshman Collin Jarvis and sophomore Hammed Suleman pulverized their personal records to win their events at the University of Washington Invitational.

Jarvis took the title in the men's 3000m and Suleman captured first place in the men's triple jump. Suleman also tied his personal record in the long jump for a second event title at the Dempsey Indoor Facility in Seattle.

Jarvis shattered his personal record by nearly 15 seconds, breaking the eight-minute mark with a time of 7:59.85.

"It's exactly how I envisioned my first meet; it went how I wanted it to go," Jarvis said. "I'm working off of what I did in cross country, it translates pretty well for the 3000."

He was only tenths of a second away from breaking the freshman record in the event for the Bears.

"I'll have a couple more shots at it, I'm very certain I'll be able to do it," he said. "Hopefully the next time I run in a meet I'll break it."

Second and third-place finishers Scott Smith and Nathan Ogden followed close behind, finishing less than a second behind Jarvis.

Jarvis' main goal this season is to run a 7:57. While the automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships is 7:54, he said the trend for the last few years has been accepting times of 7:57.

"Jarvis struggled a little bit last season but he's coming into his own," coach Tony Sandoval said. "(He) is a pretty talented kid, he was a state runner up coming out of high school."

Suleman let his old personal record of 50-2.50 stand for only a week before shattering it by over a foot on Saturday with a jump of 51-5.75.

Last week's personal record at the Cherry and Silver Invitational made him the first Cal triple jumper to surpass 50 feet since 2004.

Suleman didn't settle for just the triple jump title on Saturday, though. He went on to match last year's career indoor best with a 24-6.25 mark, enough to add another title under his belt.

"I have a lot of expectations for Suleman this season, he struggled last year as a freshman but now he's coming into his own as well," Sandoval said.

Suleman also has some high school accolades. He won the 2009 California state championship in the long jump with a distance of 25-2.25.

That mark is higher than any in his college career, indicating that he can still build on what he's done so far.

Senior Alison Greggor ran a personal record in the 3000m, too, finishing third in the event. Her time of 9:26.58 is 10 seconds better than her old record.

The only Cal athlete to run a faster time since 1997 is her teammate Deborah Maier.


Byron Atashian covers track and field. Contact him at [email protected]

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