Indoor Season Resumes At Air Force Open
BERKELEY -- California track & field returns to indoor action for the first time in almost a month on Friday, Feb. 19 at the Collegiate Open on the United States Air Force Academy base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Competition gets underway with the women's weight throw, men's high jump and women's long jump events at 8 a.m. PT, with action on the track starting at 10 a.m. PT in the 60-meter hurdles qualifying heats.
The Bears return to the Cadet Field House at Air Force after opening the season with several strong debuts in late January.
Camryn Rogers picked up a win in the women's weight throw, her first competition since winning the NCAA outdoor title in the women's hammer throw in June 2019. Rogers posted a top throw of 21.08 meters (69-2) in January at the Air Force Invitational, a new personal best while improving her second-best all-time mark at Cal in the event. Joshua Johnson is set to make his season debut for the Golden Bears in the men's shot put after qualifying for the 2020 NCAA Indoor Championships in the event before it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The men's and women's sprints group had a successful opening weekend, led by a school record-tying 7.33 seconds in the qualifying heats of the women's 60-meters from Ezinne Abba. On the men's side, Christian Catlin moved into the Top 10 all-time indoors at Cal by crossing the line in 6.83 seconds of the men's 60-meters in his Golden Bear debut. Deshae Wise won the women's 200-meters in a time of 24.29 seconds, moving into fifth all-time on the indoor list and took second-place in the women's 60-meter hurdles, just two hundredths off of the school record in 8.32 seconds.
In the jumps, Busola Akinduro made a mark in her first competition wearing the Blue and Gold. The freshman leaped to a lifetime best in the triple jump at 12.80 meters (42-0) to take second place and takeover fourth on the Cal all-time indoor list.
Cal is set to compete on Friday against athletes from Colorado, Air Force, Fresno State, UNLV, Colorado State and Stephen F. Austin.
For complete coverage of Cal track & field, please follow the Bears on Twitter (@CalTFXC), Instagram (@caltfxc) and Facebook (@Cal Cross Country/Track and Field).