Men's Track & Field Finish 22nd, Women Tie for 60th at NCAA Championships
June 2, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - The California men's track and field team finished 22nd with 12 points at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships which wrapped up Saturday night at Hayward Field, while the Cal women tied for 60th with two points.
Tennessee won the men's team title with 50 points, with TCU on its heels with 49 and Baylor third with 36.5. The women's competition featured a one-two-three Pac-10 finish with USC finishing first with 64 points, followed by UCLA (55) and Arizona (44).
On the final day of competition, Cal juniors Jennifer Joyce and Nate DeSomber each earned All-America honors despite not scoring points towards the team races. Joyce, who placed fourth in the hammer at NCAAs as a sophomore, finished only 10th (193-0) Saturday in her third-straight NCAA appearance but garnered All-America status because that distinction goes to the top eight Americans. SMU's Florence Ezeh won the hammer with a heave of 219-4.
Meanwhile, DeSomber, who was making his debut at NCAAs, took ninth in the shot put with a throw of 60-7.25 and earned All-America honors by the same argument Joyce did. DeSomber actually had the same mark as the eighth-place finisher, Fresno State's Ryan Beckenhauer, but lost the scoring spot based on attempts.
Cal freshman Rhuben Williams placed 15th in the shot with a mark of 59-1.25. SMU's Janus Roberts captured first with a mark of 72-1, which is the longest throw in the world this year and the second-longest collegiate mark ever.
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