Bears Set For Trojan Invitational Saturday
BERKELEY – California track & field returns to the outdoor schedule with the Trojan Invitational on Saturday, March 20 at Loker Stadium in Los Angeles.
USC is hosting the meet and the Bears will be joined by Long Beach State, Utah and Washington State as action gets underway at 11 a.m. with the women's pole vault.
The meet will be streamed via USC Live Stream beginning at 11:45 and the running portion begins at 12:15 p.m. with the men's and women's 4x400 relays.
The Bears are coming off a dominant start to the outdoor schedule as they picked up 26 event wins and 15 personal bests in the Cal Opener dual meet against Sacramento State on March 6.
Anna Purchase started the day off with a bang for California, making her debut as a Golden Bear in the women's hammer throw with the second-best mark in Cal history at 66.52 meters (218-3) to take the win in the event.
Purchase was named National NCAA Division I Women's Athlete of the Week by the USTFCCCA, becoming the first Cal track & field athlete to ever receive that honor.
Leading the sprints, Deshae Wise set a new lifetime best of 11.74 seconds, the nation's fastest early season time and tied for ninth-fastest in Cal history to finish first in the women's 100-meters. The Bears went one, two, three in the event with Maisie Stevens taking second in 11.96 seconds and Sydney Reid coming in third with a new personal record time of 12.14 seconds.
Finishing off the indoor season last week, Camryn Rogers set a new lifetime best to take sixth in the women's weight throw and earn First Team All-American status at the 2021 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
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 U23 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.
The reigning national champion in the women's hammer throw after taking the win at the 2019 NCAA Championships, Rogers will begin her title defense in the coming weeks during the outdoor season.