Bears Send 18 To NCAA Track & Field West Regional
BERKELEY – California track & field will send a squad of 18 student-athletes to the NCAA West Regional May 26-29 in College Station, Texas.
The Bears will have 11 women and seven men compete at E.B Cushing Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M. Athletes will be competing for top-12 spots in their respective events at the regional to secure a spot at the 2021 NCAA Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon June 9-12.
Camryn Rogers, a junior from Richmond, British Columbia leads Cal into the west regional. She is the school record holder, defending national champion and currently leads the NCAA in the women's hammer throw, boasting a personal best mark of 73.09 meters (239-9) to pass the Olympic standard which she set on April, 17 at the West Coast Classic, also in Eugene, Oregon.
Rogers was named to The Bowerman 2021 Post-Conference Championships Watch List, announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Wednesday. The first time in California track & field history, man or woman, that a Golden Bear has been named to The Bowerman Watch List.
Other throwers representing California include Anna Purchase, who enters with the 13th-best mark in the country at 66.52 meters (218-3). Krissy Smoot and Jasmine Blair will also compete for the Bears in the women's shot put and discus throw.
On the men's side, Josh Johnson is set to compete in the men's shot put and he boasts a mark of 19.88 meters (65-2.75) for the 14th-best mark in the NCAA heading into the regional. Iffy Joyner is entered into the men's discus throw with a top mark of 58.96 meters (193-5), the 13th-best throw in the country so far this year. Jeff Duensing (shot put) and Ivar Moisander (hammer throw) are also set to compete for the men's throws group.
Also in the field events, Asha Fletcher will compete for California in the women's triple jump after a strong freshman campaign with the 13th-best leap in the west this season at 13.26 meters (43-6). She'll be joined by Hawa Wague with a top-25 mark in the high jump.
In the sprints and hurdles, Deshae Wise is in the midst of a standout senior season, finishing fourth at the Pac-12 Championships with a time of 13.26. She set a new personal best of 13.15 earlier this season, the second-fastest time in California track & field history.
Ezzine Abba qualified for both the women's 100 and 200-meter events and Maisie Stevens is set to run in the women's 100-meter qualifying, with Henry Larkin qualifying for the men's 400-meters. The Golden Bear women's 4x100 relay team will also compete at the west regional for a spot in the NCAA Championships with Sara East and Ryan Lacefield traveling as alternates for the relay squad.
In the distance runs, Cal school record holder Annie Boos in the 3,000-meter steeplechase is set to compete for Cal. Garrett MacQuiddy and Moises Medrano are running the men's 800-meters.
The NCAA West Preliminaries will be live streamed on ESPN+ under the SEC Network+ for subscribing members.