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Casarotto Downs School Record on Day One of Pac-12 Championships

May 14, 2021
Ilaria Casarotto set a new UCLA javelin record on day one of the Pac-12 Championships (53.09m, 174-02) -- photo by John McGillen (USC Athletics).

Los Angeles, Calif. – The Bruins wrapped up day one at the Pac-12 Championships at Cromwell Field & Loker Track Stadium on the campus of USC, securing 14 points on the women's side and an early point on the men's side. Senior thrower Ilaria Casarotto stole the show with a massive PR and lifetime-best toss in the javelin to set a school record in the event.
Casarotto unleashed her record-breaking toss on her second throw of the evening, going 53.09m (174-02) to set a new program record in the javelin. The mark surpassed former Bruin Zaybree Haury's previous record of 52.23m (171-04), set against USC in 2017. The top four women's javelin marks in UCLA history were all posted at the Trojans' facility.
Alyssa Wilson was the Bruins' second point-scorer of the day, gong 68.97m (226-3) in the women's hammer to take second place overall and earn eight points for the squad. Jacob Wilson was the Bruins' lone participant in the men's competition, advancing to the final flights and going 61.11m (200-6). His eighth-place finish matched his position in the event from the 2019 Conference Meet and earned a point for the men's squad.
Shae Anderson opened her 2021 postseason in style, flying to the top qualifying time in the 400mH at 56.26. It was a lifetime-best time for Anderson, who solidified her No. 8 position on the Bruins' all-time performance list in the event.
Harrison Schrage was the Bruins' top performer in the men's 200m, clocking a time of 20.81 to win his heat and advance to Sunday's final. Kenroy Higgins II was close behind at 21.11, finishing seventh in the prelims to earn a qualifying spot. Maddy Doane finished just outside qualification on the women's side, going 23.70 for 10th place in the prelims.
Aiden Lieb impressed through five events of his first-career decathlon, compiling 3,602 points on the day. He picked up a second-place finish in the high jump with a lifetime-best clearance of 1.88m (6-02.00). He was also fourth overall in the decathlon 100m (10.96). Isa Videler (3156 pts) and Christina Chenault (3115) are currently ninth and 10th, respectively, in the heptathlon after four events scored. Videler cleared a career-best 1.69m (5-06.50) in the high jump for third place overall.
Gwyn George paced the Bruins in the women's 1500m, taking 14th overall with a time of 4:28.94. Mason Ratkovich and Dylan Wilbur went 16-17, clocking times of 3:51.33 and 3:51.37, respectively. Darius Riley finished 14th overall in the men's 10,000m with a time of 30:19.82. Annabelle Werner was 17th in the women's competition, crossing at 37:18.63. It was the first collegiate 10k competition for both Riley and Werner.

Day Two
Day two of the Pac-12 Championships will commence at 1:00 p.m. PT with the decathlon 100m hurdles. Live coverage of the meet can be accessed on or the Pac-12 Now app.