June 1, 2012
For immediate release

Cal’s Maier, Oregon’s Kosinski among capital talents heading to Des Moines

The Sacramento Running Association salutes a strong group of eight local runners heading to Des Moines, Iowa next week for the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships.

Competition is set for June 6-9 at Drake University.

Look for a strong Sacramento-area flavor in the women’s 10,000 meters, with three of the 24 runners in the field from the capital city region.

Cal junior Deborah Maier (Ponderosa High School) owns the fifth-fastest qualifying time with a 33-minute, 59.90-second performance. UC Davis junior Sarah Sumpter has run 34:24.87 and Brown junior Olivia Mickle (Loretto High School) has clocked 34:30.12.

Oregon senior Alex Kosinski (Oak Ridge High School) and Cal senior Chelsea Reilly (Davis High School) are scheduled to race in the 5,000. Kosinski’s 15:56.39 qualifying time is the fifth-fastest in the field; Reilly qualified in 16:15.89.

Renisha Robinson, a Sacramento State senior, heads into the 800 with the 13th-fastest qualifying time. Her 2:05.68 effort is the second-fastest time in school history.

On the men’s side, Stanford’s Brendan Gregg and Oklahoma State’s German Fernandez will represent the Sacramento area.

Gregg, a senior from Davis High School, heads into the 5,000 with the 13th-fastest qualifying time (14:11.16).

Fernandez, a senior from Riverbank High School who lives in Orangevale, owns the 16th-best qualifying time in the 1,500 (3:46.58).

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.