Bears Host Hornets In Opener Dual Meet
BERKELEY – It's finally outdoor track & field season once again for the Golden Bears.
California opens the outdoor portion of its schedule on Saturday with the Cal Opener dual meet vs Sac State at Edwards Stadium. Competition gets underway with the men's hammer throw at 9 a.m. PT, while action on the track begins with the women's 4x100 relay at 12:30 p.m. PT.
You can follow along with the action via live results, available on CalBears.com. Spectators will not be allowed to attend any meets at Edwards Stadium this season due to local health guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bears return to outdoor action for the first time since March 7, 2020 when Cal hosted the opener, and had the remainder of the season ultimately canceled due to the pandemic.
Regular season action in the indoor portion of the schedule ended last weekend at the U.S. Air Force Academy, with Camryn Rogers qualifying for next week's NCAA Indoor Championships March 12-13 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Rogers, the 2019 NCAA outdoor hammer throw champion, set a new school record and women's Canadian U23 record in the weight throw competition with a farthest heave of 21.78 meters (71-5.5). She enters next week's championships with the 10th-best mark in the NCAA so far this year.
The Bears also had several strong starts to the track & field season during the indoor season, highlighted by the women's 60-meter team of Ezinne Abba, Kennedy Williams, Jenea Spinks and Maisie Stevens reaching a No. 6 national ranking in the USTFCCCA event squad rankings. Abba tied the school record of 7.33 seconds set by Antonette Carter in 2006 at the Air Force Invitational on Jan. 22.
Deshae Wise turned in an outstanding beginning to her season, led by a new school record of 8.28 seconds in the women's 60-meter hurdles on Feb. 19 at the Air Force Open as she placed in the top three of the event in all three entries. Wise also moved up to No. 5 on the Cal all-time indoor list in the women's 200-meters, crossing the line in 24.29 seconds at the Air Force Invitational.
The men's sprint squad was led by newcomer Christian Catlin as he tied the fourth-best mark all-time at Cal by running 6.78 seconds in the men's 60-meters at the Air Force Open. Catlin also clocked 21.99 seconds in the men's 200-meters at the event, just missing out on breaking into the all-time top 10 list.
Hakim McMorris was finally able to compete in his first multi-event of the season Feb. 25-27 at the Championships at the Peak, earning a victory with 5,435 points behind a new personal best of 8.16 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles.
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