June 11, 2012
For immediate release

Former Ponderosa High star grabs third in 10,000 meters; Kosinski, Reilly and Fernandez also post top-10 finishes

Cal junior Deborah Maier finished third in the women’s 10,000 meters to highlight the performances of eight Sacramento-area runners in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Sacramento Running Association salutes their efforts.

Maier, from Ponderosa High School, finished in 32 minutes, 47.20 seconds. UC Davis junior Sarah Sumpter placed 15th in 33:49.57 and Brown junior Olivia Mickle (Loretto High School) was 23rd in 35:00.04.

Oregon senior Alex Kosinki (Oak Ridge High School) finished eighth in the women’s 5,000 meters in 16:24.42. Cal senior Chelsea Reilly (Davis High School) placed ninth in 16:30.31.

Sacramento State senior Renisha Robinson ran 2:05:15 in the 800-meter preliminaries and did not advance.

On the men’s side, Oklahoma State senior German Fernandez, who lives in Orangevale, finished 10th in the 1,500 meters in 3:46.62. He won the event as a freshman at the 2009 NCAA outdoor meet.

Stanford senior Brendan Gregg (Davis High School) placed 13th in the men’s 5,000 meters with a 14:03.29 effort.

The Sacramento Running Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding ways to encourage people of all ages and abilities to run. The SRA is committed to developing new, quality running events that appeal to a broad variety of runners.

SRA events include the California International Marathon, which celebrates its 30th anniversary on Dec. 2. More than 3,000 runners have already registered for the race.

Other SRA events include the Lake Natoma Four Bridges Half Marathon, The Super Bowl Sunday 10k Run and the Credit Union SACTOWN Ten-Mile Run.

SRA beneficiaries include the American River Parkway, youth fitness programs, local running venues and aspiring young runners.