Rogers Earns All-American Honors At NCAA Indoors
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Camryn Rogers set a new lifetime best to finish sixth in the women's weight throw and earn First Team All-American status at the 2021 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday.
Rogers capped her strong indoor season with a then-personal best on her first attempt and bettered that mark on her final throw at the Randal Tyson Center.
The native of Richmond, British Columbia opened the competition with a throw of 21.99 meters (72'-1.75") to beat her school and Canadian U-23 record mark set on Feb. 26, taking the lead after the first round of throws.
Rogers ended the day and competition with the best throw of her career, going 22.08 meters (72'-5.25") to clinch the sixth-place finish for California. Makenli Forrest of Louisville won the national title with a best throw of 23.26 meters (76'-3.75")
"It was a great competition with an amazing field of throwers," Cal throws coach Mohamad Saatara said. "Camryn did an excellent job setting two lifetime bests and beating her Cal and Canadian U-23 national records."
The only competitor from the Pac-12 in the event, Rogers' new mark is the fourth-best in conference women's weight throw history behind only Alyssa Wilson, UCLA 75'-4.75" (2020), Ida Storm, UCLA 74'-0.25" (2015) and Maggie Ewen, ASU 73'-0.50" (2018).
"I'm so proud of the way Camryn competed and she never gave up, having her best throw on her last attempt," Cal director of track & field Robyne Johnson said. "That is a true competitor. She epitomizes what a fierce competitor is."
Rogers improved her best mark in each of the four competitions entered this year. She opened the season with a best heave of 21.08 meters (69-2) on Jan. 22 at the Air Force Invitational, followed by 21.31 meters (69-11) at the Air Force Collegiate Open on Feb. 19.
The 2019 NCAA national champion in the women's hammer throw, Rogers now turns her training to the outdoor season and defense of her title after the 2020 outdoor year was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.