Rogers' NCAA-Best Hammer Throw Leads Cal Friday
STANFORD, Calif. – Camryn Rogers opened defense of her hammer throw national title with a new personal best, leading California as competition got underway Friday at the Stanford Invitational at Cobb Track and Angell Field.
Rogers stepped into her first hammer throw cage in 22 months and picked up right where she left off after winning the NCAA championship back in June of 2019 in Austin, Texas. She had her best throw of the day on her first attempt, posting 71.73 meters (235'-4") to take the win and record the best mark in the NCAA so far this season by more than 10 feet.
"I'm happy with the new PR today and it feels great to finally get a chance to be back out there competing," Rogers said. "I'm even more excited to build off of it over the course of the season and continue working on getting better."
The Bears placed three in the top seven among collegians in the women's long jump, led by a second-place finish from Windy Margerum who leaped to a wind-aided mark of 5.78 meters (18'-11.75"). Multi-event athlete Hawa Wague jumped to a new lifetime best of 5.57 meters (18'-3.25") to take sixth and Busola Akinduro made her outdoor debut with a mark of 5.51 meters (18'-1"), finishing seventh.
On the men's side, Kamau Carlisle flew to a new personal best for the second consecutive competition, going 7.23 meters (23'-8.75") for a fifth-place finish in the long jump.
Paige Martin posted a new collegiate best in the women's pole vault with a top clearance of 3.70 meters (12'-1.50"), finishing seventh based on misses and Amari Turner cleared the same top height, getting over 3.55 meters (11'-7.75") and 3.70 meters without a miss to finish third.
Annie Boos and Margie Cullen led the late-night distance section for the Bears, coming in ninth (16.39.20) and 12th (16:54.91) in the women's 5,000-meter run. Steven Khan ran a new lifetime best in the 5,000-meters on the men's side, crossing the line in 14:18.44 and Ben Harper made his track debut in the 10,000-meters, clocking 30:16.44 to finish in 11th.
Up Next: The Bears finish action Saturday at the Stanford Invitational with action getting underway at 9:30 a.m. from Cobb Track and Angell Field.
Javelin Throw: 6. Hakim McMorris, 45.58m/149-6
Hammer Throw: 2. Ivar Moisander, 61.29m/201-1; 8. Michael Gupta, 54.30m/178-1
Long Jump: 5. Kamau Carlisle, 7.23m/23-8.75 (PR); 7. Sanjay Kettels, 7.11m/23-4w
3,000 Meter Steeple: 3. James Abrahams, 9:03.41
5,000 Meters: 18. Steven Khan, 14:18.44
10,000 Meters: 11. Ben Harper, 30:16.44
Hammer Throw: 1. Camryn Rogers, 71.73m/235-4 (PR); 3. Anna Purchase, 63.18m/207-3
Long Jump: 2. Windy Margerum, 5.78m/18-11.75w; 6. Hawa Wague, 5.57m/18-3.25 (PR); 7. Busola Akinduro, 5.51m/18-1; 9. Noelle Schiller, 5.41m/17-9
Pole Vault: 3. Amari Turner, 3.70m/12-1.50; 7. Paige Martin, 3.70m/12-1.50 (PR)
Javelin Throw: 8. Francesca Macias, 31.45m/103-2
5,000 Meters: 9. Annie Boos, 16:39.20; 12. Margie Cullen, 16:54.91; 15. Brie Oakley, 17:29.65; 16. Sara Osterberg, 17:56.99