Stanford places second, Cal claims fifth at NCAA men's gymnastics championships
The Pac-12 Conference was well-represented on Friday night in Norman, Okla., for the 2015 NCAA men's gymnastics championships. Bay Area rivals Stanford and Cal claimed two of the six spots in the team finals following Thursday night's preliminaries. Up next, the top athletes in the country will compete on Saturday in the individual portion of the event.
The Cardinal claimed its ninth top-three finish of the past 10 years on Friday, with a second-place team score of 440.450. Though the Cardinal was well behind champion Oklahoma (447.050), Stanford celebrated the all-around title for star Akash Modi. The sophomore racked up a score of 90.450, nearly two full points better than Illinois' C.J. Maestas (88.650). Modi shined on the parallel bars, with his best individual event score of 15.750. Robert Neff also had a solid all-around performance, ranking 11th with his mark of 85.950.
Cal finished the day in fifth place with a team total of 432.100, but boasted a pair of All-Americans in Kevin Wolting and Kyle Zemeir. Wolting ranked fifth among all-around competitors with his personal mark of 88.300, while Zemeir checked in at eighth with his total of 87.700. The Golden Bears' best team performance came in the vault with a cumulative score of 73.500, while the team also had a strong showing in the floor routine (73.250).