Kalesi Budei
Kalesi Budei
Height: 5-6
Year: Sr.
Hometown: San Jose, CA
High School: Branham HS
Events: Triple Jump / Long Jump
Experience: 3Y

2018 -- Posted the second-leading triple jump mark on the team as a junior, landing at 38 feet, 7 inches at the Blue-Green Rivalry Dual vs. UC Santa Barbara on April 28, taking fifth place ... finished 15th overall at the Big West Conference Championships, with a mark of 37’ 1” at CSUN on May 12 ... her season-best long jump, 17’ 6.25”, took sixth at the Cal Opener in Berkeley on March 3 (when she came in second for the triple, via 37’ 9.25”) ... also reached 37’ 8” at the Cal Poly #ShareSLO Invitational, placing fourth on March 24.

2017 -- Earned all-conference honors at the Big West Championships on May 13, when she took third place in the triple jump with a career-best mark of 40 feet, 9 inches on her sixth attempt ... her PR — which moved to No. 6 in school history — advanced her to the West Preliminary Round of the NCAA Championships, in which she finished 43rd at Texas on May 27 (at 38’ 7”) ... sophomore year also included a win at the Bulldog Invitational on April 22 (landing at 38’ 10.5”) before reaching 39’ 6” a week later vs. UCSB (part of three consecutive meets in which she improved her PR) ... season-best long jump was 17’ 8.25”, at the 35th annual Cal Poly Invite March 25.

2016 -- As a freshman, had season-best marks of 37 feet, 8.75 inches in the triple jump and 17’ 11.75” for the long jump at the Big West Double Dual at UC Riverside on March 12 ... also had indoor bests of 16’ 7.75” in the long jump and 37’ 0.25” in the triple at the UW Invitational in Seattle on Jan. 30.

Prep -- As a senior at Branham High School in San Jose, had the Central Coast Section’s No. 1 long jump mark in the prelims — a PR of 18 feet, 3.5 inches — and then came in third place at the finals (at 17’ 9”) ... her career-best triple jump of 38’ 10.25” won the 2015 Blossom Valley Athletic League title ... advanced to the CIF State Championships in each event, finishing 18th (at 17’ 0”) and 13th (37’ 8.5”), respectively ... also was a CCS qualifier in the 100-meter dash, clocking a time of 12.34 seconds at the section prelims ... helped lead the Bruins to a combined 24-0 dual-meet record over her final three seasons ... was an honors student and belonged to the California Scholarship Federation, as well as Black Student Union and the campus’ Multicultural Club ... also considered UC Davis and Cal State Fullerton; chose Cal Poly “because of the coaching staff and great education.”

Personal -- Majors in Political Science and aspires to be a corporate lawyer.