Kocsor Captures Fourth Consecutive Hammer Crown At Cal/Nevada Championships

March 28, 2009


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Boldizsar Kocsor needed just three throws to make Cal/Nevada Championship history as the senior All-American became the first man to win four hammer crowns. He is also the only man in Cal/Nevada history to win consecutive titles in the hammer.

Kocsor has had limited practice in the hammer since concluding the indoor season two weeks ago (where he earned his second indoor All-America honor) and only took his three preliminary throws in the competition.

Those three throws were good enough as he easily won by 12 feet with a regional qualifying mark of 212-9. His mark also ranks second in the NCAA this season.

Freshman Nelson Rosario had a big day in the long jump as he placed second with a regional qualifying mark of 24-2.50. That mark betters his season-best of 22-8.50 and is just six inches shy of his lifetime-best (24-8.50). Also in the long jump, sophomore Jonathan Clark jumped a lifetime-best of 23-7.50 to place fourth overall.

Clark was also seventh in the high jump with a season-best 6-6.75, while Rosario placed 12th with a mark of 6-4.75.

Sophomore Taylor Hobson equaled his season-best and regional mark of 6-10.75 in the high jump to finish second overall.

Junior Andreas Drbal threw a lifetime-best of 192-1 in the javelin (old best, 187-9) to finish fourth overall.

The Bruin quartet of senior Laef Barnes, junior Marlon Patterson, sophomore Kent Morikawa and junior Jake Matthews swept the top four places in the 5000m as Barnes won in a lifetime-best of 14:15.61. Patterson was second (14:17.05), Morikawa third (14:23.23, lifetime-best) and Matthews fourth (14:29.04, lifetime-best).

Several Bruins advanced to Sunday's event finals. Below is a list of qualifiers and their events.

  • 100m - Brandon Smith, No. 3 qualifier (10.70, season-best); Karlton Rolle, No. 4 qualifier, 10.77 (equaled lifetime-best)

  • 200m - Karlton Rolle, No. 1 qualifier (21.12, season-best/regional qualifier); Brandon Smith, No. 5 qualifier (21.44, season-best)

  • 400m - Elijah Wells, top qualifier (47.58); Quentin Powell, No. 3 qualifier (48.12)

  • 800m - Jonathan Simmons, No. 8 qualifier (1:53.76)

    Live results will again be available on Sunday but clicking here.

    Team Scores (after 6 scored events
    1. UCLA, 62 pts.
    2. Long Beach State, 37 pts.
    3. Sacramento State, 34 pts.
    4. Cal State Fullerton, 22 pts.
    5. Cal State Northridge, 18 pts.
    6. UC Irvine, 14 pts.
    6. Claremont-Mudd, 14 pts.
    8. Fresno State, 13 pts.
    9. U. of San Francisco, 12 pts.
    10. UC Santa Barbara, 11 pts.
    11. Cal Poly Pomona, 10 pts.
    12. UC Davis, 7 pts.
    13. Cal State Stanislaus, 5 pts.
    13. Cal State Los Angeles, 5 pts.
    15. Cal State San Marcos, 4 pts.
    15. UC San Diego, 4 pts.
    17. Cal Poly SLO, 3 pts.
    18. Loyola Marymount, 1 pt.

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