Bolota Asmerom
Bolota Asmerom

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
San Francisco

High School:
McAteer

Event:
1500m-5000m

Experience:
3V

CALIFORNIA - Asmerom begins his fourth year with the Cal track and field team after competing in the 5000m (14:15.26) at the 2000 Sydney Olympics for his native Eritrea...as a JUNIOR in 2000, set the school record in the 5000m (13:32.48) at the Mt. SAC Relays...took 10th in the 5000m (14:13.94) at the NCAA Championship after finishing fourth (14:10.29) at the Pac-10 Championship...also ran the third-fastest time in school history in the 1500m (3:41.97) at the GMC Envoy meet in Palo Alto over the summer...named first team Academic All-Pac-10 and to the second team Academic All-District VIII team...picked as the Brutus Hamilton award recipient as Cal's top male student track & field athlete...as a SOPHOMORE in 1999, ran Cal's fastest 5000m (14:16.67) at the Cardinal Qualifier...competed in the 5000m at the Pac-10 meet but did not finish...set a then-PR of 3:49.18 in the 1500m as a FRESHMAN at the 1998 Big Meet and a then-5000m PR of 14:02.27 at the Modesto Relays...placed sixth in the 5000m (14:20.57) at the 1998 Pac-10 Championship.

CROSS COUNTRY - Sat out the 2000 cross country season after returning from the Olympics...finished 103rd (32:06.90) at the 1999 NCAA Championship...recorded five top 10 finishes in 1999, including three first-place finishes...that included placing seventh at the Pac-10 meet and 10th at the NCAA regional...led Cal at the 1998 Pac-10 meet, finishing 18th (24:27)...placed 33rd at 1997 Pac-10s...1998 and 1999 second team Academic All-Pac-10 honoree.

HIGH SCHOOL - Competed in track, cross country and wrestling at McAteer HS...was the 1995 Junior Olympic national champion in the 5000m and the section champion in the 1600m, 3200m and for cross country...his high school was three-time city track champion and 1995 city champion in cross country.

PERSONAL - Bolota Asmerom was born Oct. 12, 1978, in Eritrea...older brother, Yonathan, also was a member of the Cal track and field team and is currently an undergraduate assistant...African American studies major.

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