Indoor Season Begins At Air Force Invitational
BERKELEY – California track & field is set to compete at the Air Force Invitational indoor meet on Friday, Jan. 22 and Saturday, Jan. 23 in Colorado Springs, Colo. at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
It will be the first action on the track or in the field for the Bears in 10 months after the 2020 outdoor season was canceled after one meet due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We are so grateful and thankful for everyone who has had a part in the process of getting us to this point," Cal director of track & field and cross country Robyne Johnson said. "We feel very fortunate for the opportunity to compete this weekend and see what we can do."
The meet is set to be streamed, with links to the live stream and live results available on CalBears.com.
Competition gets underway in the field for the Bears at 8 a.m. PT Friday with the women's weight throw and action on the track starts at 12 noon PT as the women's 60-meter hurdle prelims get going.
Cal looks to get a boost from the return of 2019 NCAA women's hammer throw national champion, Camryn Rogers. After winning the outdoor title, Rogers sat out the 2020 indoor season in preparation for the upcoming outdoor season and Olympics. However, those plans were derailed with the cancelation of the outdoor season and postponement of the Olympics. Rogers is set to compete in the women's weight throw on Friday.
Multi-event athlete Hakim McMorris is back for the Bears and after a strong indoor season, including a second-place finish in the heptathlon at the 2020 MPSF Championships. He will compete in both the men's high jump and long jump competitions this weekend.
There are several newcomers to the Cal track & field program who are looking to make a name for themselves in their first competition in the Blue and Gold. Henry Larkin is a two-time Big East 400-meter champion and a transfer from DePaul. He will run both the 400-meters and 200-meters.
Busola Akinduro is a freshman triple jumper for the Bears who has looked strong in training, she comes to Berkeley from Toronto, Ontario with a first-place finish at the 2019 Nike/Rowland Games and took home second-place at the OFSSA Provincial Championships. Windy Margerum and Sydney Reid return and bring lots of experience to the women's jumps group.
The women's sprints group has several veterans returning in 2021, including Kennedy Williams, Sara East, Deshae Wise, Maisie Stevens and Ezinne Abba.
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