Joyner, Wise Lead Bears On Final Day At Pac-12 Championships
LOS ANGELES – California track & field closed out the Pac-12 Championships with a third-place finish in the men's discus throw from Iffy Joyner and notched top-10 finishes on the track Sunday at Cromwell Field & Loker Stadium.
Joyner started the day strong for the Bears by earning a bronze medal with a mark of 55.15 meters (180-11) after he took fifth in the discus at the 2019 Pac-12 Championships. Josh Johnson added three more team points, coming in sixth-place behind a mark of 54.26 meters (178-0).
Cal tallied 48 points on the women's side to finish ninth and the men totaled 31 points during the three-day conference event to take 10th.
Facing a field of top competition, Deshae Wise stood tall as she clocked 13.26 in the women's 100-meter hurdle final to finish in fourth-place and earn five team points for Cal.
Ezinne Abba went against a pair of loaded fields in the women's sprint finals. She tied her lifetime best set in the prelims of the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.51 to take sixth-place and placed seventh in the 200-meters, behind a time of 23.74 seconds.
Making her Pac-12 track & field championships debut, Hawa Wague left her mark with a top clearance of 1.75 meters (5-8.75) for a fifth-place finish in the women's high jump competition. In the triple jump, Asha Fletcher came in seventh-place with a best leap of 12.88 meters (42-3.25).
The Bears turned in a pair of top-10 finishes in the women's discus throw, led by Jasmine Blair in sixth-place. She posted a farthest mark of 51.44 meters (168-9) and Krissy Smoot took seventh thanks to a top heave of 49.39 meters (162-0).
Garrett MacQuiddy continued his strong rookie campaign with the Golden Bears as he crossed the line in 3:44.97 to take ninth in the men's 1,500-meters, finishing just off his personal record in the event. Moises Medrano ran a good race in the men's 800-meter final for a seventh-place finish with a time of 1:51.24.
Up Next: The Bears have a week off before traveling to College Station, Texas for the NCAA West Regional May 26-29.
Discus Throw: 3. Iffy Joyner, 55.15m/180-11; 6. Josh Johnson, 54.26m/178-0; 17. Jake Porter, 45.68m/149-10
1,500-Meter Final: 9. Garrett MacQuiddy, 3:44.97
800-Meter Final: 7. Moises Medrano, 1:51.24
5,000-Meter Final: 32. Ben Harper, 14:30.16; 36. Steven Khan, 14:40.27
Discus Throw: 6. Jasmine Blair, 51.44m/168-9; 7. Krissy Smoot, 49.39m/162-0
Triple Jump: 7. Asha Fletcher, 12.88m/42-3.25; 12. Busola Akinduro, 12.39m/40-7.75; 14. Abi Rahman-Davies, 12.29m/40-4
High Jump: 5. Hawa Wague, 1.75m/5-8.75
100-Meter Hurdle Final: 4. Deshae Wise, 13.26
100-Meter Final: 6. Ezinne Abba, 11.51
200-Meter Final: 7. Ezinne Abba, 23.74
5,000-Meter Final: 25. Jessica Nye, 16:51.22 (PR)