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Bears Host USC In Saturday Dual Meet

Apr 7, 2021

BERKELEY – California track & field returns to Edwards Stadium this weekend for a dual meet with USC on Saturday, April 10. 

In the first split squad action of the season, Hakim McMorris is set to compete Thursday and Friday April 8-9 in the Jim Click Combined Events in Tucson, Arizona. It will be the first decathlon competition of the year for McMorris. 

McMorris will start his competition at 11 a.m. on Thursday with the 100-meters. He is set to compete against athletes from Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Texas Tech, BYU and Air Force. 

The Bears and Trojans are set to get underway at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning at Edwards with the men's hammer throw competition and running events begin at 12:30 p.m. with the women's 4x100 relay. 

In accordance with public health guidelines, Cal Athletics is able to welcome a small number of student-athlete and coach guests to outdoor home events. Alameda County is in the state-designated Orange Tier (as of April 6), which limits facility capacity to a maximum of 33 percent. To meet these requirements, attendance will be limited to student-athlete and coach guest lists only. No tickets for general public use will be sold at athletic venues. Additional details on the state Blueprint for a Safer Economy can be found here.

California is coming off a successful weekend at the Stanford Invitational, including five event wins, led by Camryn Rogers in the women's hammer throw. Rogers 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.

Garrett MacQuiddy (men's 800-meters), Deshae Wise (women's 100-meter hurdles), Henry Larkin (men's 400-meters) and Ezinne Abba (women's 100-meters) also picked up victories for the Bears at Stanford. 

Wise continued her strong 2021 season, setting two more personal bests on the way to the win with a time of 13.34 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles and finishing second in the 400-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 1:02.76.

MacQuiddy picked up his third win in as many collegiate races so far this season, crossing the line first in 1:50.42 and Larkin has gotten over an injury that slowed him down early in the campaign as he clocked a season-best time of 47.00 seconds.

It was another impressive performance for Abba as she blazed to a personal best in the women's 200-meters, finishing in 24.05 seconds and grabbing third-place. She also finished first in the women's 100-meter race with a time of 11.53 seconds, but was aided by a +2.9-illegal wind behind her. 

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