Rogers, McMorris Pace Bears On First Day In Colorado Springs
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Camryn Rogers set a new school record in the women's weight throw and Hakim McMorris took the win in his first heptathlon of the season as California track & field got off to a strong start at the Championships at the Peak on the base of the U.S. Air Force Academy Friday.
Rogers posted a top mark of 21.78 meters (71-5.50) to take her third win of the season in as many tries, breaking Chioma Amaechi's Cal record of 21.75 meters (71-4.25) set in 2014. The new mark moves her into the Top 10 in the country this year and she has qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships Mar. 12-13 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
McMorris was finally able to compete in his first multi-event of the season and earned a victory with 5,435 points behind a new personal best of 8.16 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles. The score on Friday moves McMorris into the Top 20 in the NCAA so far this indoor season.
Deshae Wise began the day with another strong performance in the women's 60-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 8.30 seconds to post the second-fastest time of the day and move into Saturday's final.
The Bears also advanced two sprinters to Saturday finals in the 60-meter dash with Ezinne Abba clocking 7.42 seconds on the women's side and Christian Catlin finishing in 6.79 seconds in the men's qualifying rounds. They finished with the fourth and seventh-fastest times of the day, respectively.
Up Next: The Bears wrap up indoor regular season action Saturday at the Championships at the Peak. Competition is set to get underway with the men's shot put at 9 a.m. PT.
Heptathlon: 1. Hakim McMorris, 5,435 points
Long Jump: 15. Jared Geredes, 6.63m/21-9
60-meter Prelims: 7. Christian Catlin, 6.79q
Long Jump: 8. Sydney Reid, 5.63m/18-5.75
Weight Throw: 1. Camryn Rogers, 21.78m/71-5.50; 16. Shyann Franklin, 15.05m/49-4.50
60-meter Hurdle Prelims: 2. Deshae Wise, 8.30q
60-meter Prelims: 4. Ezinne Abba, 7.42q; 11. Kennedy Williams, 7.62