Bears Set For Pac-12 Championships
BERKELEY – Championship season is here.
California track & field opens the postseason this weekend with the Pac-12 Championships as USC hosts the Conference meet at Katherine B. Loker Track Stadium from May 14-16.
It will be the first conference meet in two years after the 2020 version was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Historically spread over two weeks with the combined events taking place separately, this year's event features an updated, three-day schedule with all running, field and combined champions crowned on the same weekend.
The meet opens at 10 a.m. on Friday with the men's hammer throw competition and the Golden Bears will be represented in the event by Ivar Moisander and Michael Gupta.
Moisander is coming off his best day of the season as he moved into the ninth spot on the Cal all-time list, going 63.02 meters (206-9) on his fifth attempt to set a personal record and take the men's victory at the Big Meet. Gupta took second-place with a new best of his own, throwing 58.79 meters (192-10).
Camryn Rogers follows in the women's hammer throw at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, looking to defend her conference title from 2019 in the event. Rogers is the NCAA leader with a best mark of 73.09 meters (239-9) and currently sits 11th in the world this year with that mark. She passed the Olympic standard of 72.50 meters at the West Coast Classic in Eugene, Oregon on April 17.
Other Friday finals include the men's and women's 10,000-meter runs, with Cal set to be represented by Ben Harper on the men's side. Hakim McMorris is set to open his second decathlon competition of the season on Friday, beginning with the 100 meters at 2 p.m.
Saturday action in the field opens with the women's long jump at 3:30 p.m. as Asha Fletcher, Sydney Reid and Windy Margerum will be jumping for the Bears. The second day of prelims on the track starts at 4 p.m. and Deshae Wise looks to continue her strong senior season with the women's 100-meter hurdle qualifying heats at 4:15 p.m., entering the meet with the fifth-fastest time in the conference so far this year.
Josh Johnson is set to compete in a stacked field at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the men's shot put, an event featuring four athletes with top 10 marks in the country so far this season, including the national leader. Johnson currently sits 10th in the country with a heave of 19.88 meters (65-2.75). He'll be joined by a pair of Cal freshmen in the competition, Jeff Duensing and Jake Porter.
Saturday action closes with the men's and women's 3,000-meter steeplechase finals at 6:30 p.m. and 7:10 p.m., respectively. The Bears have James Abrahams set to run in the men's race, along with school record holder Annie Boos and Margie Cullen in the women's event.
Sunday gets underway at 1:15 p.m. with Iffy Joyner in the men's discus throw and includes a full day of finals on the track, beginning with the men's 4x100 meter relay at 3 p.m. before the men's and women's 1,500-meter runs.