Bears Open Competition At NCAA West Prelims
College Station, Texas – California track & field opened competition at the NCAA West Prelims with the Golden Bear men in action at E.B. Cushing Stadium on Wednesday.
Ivar Moisander capped an impressive freshman campaign by setting two new personal bests on the day. He went 64.25 meters (210-9) on his second throw and bested that with a mark of 64.32 meters (211-0) on his third attempt, the sixth-best mark in Cal history, to finish 13th in the competition.
Moisander missed advancing to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon by just one spot as the top 12 from each regional move on to the final round.
The Bears were led by a 14th-place finish from Josh Johnson in the men's shot put as he posted a best heave of 18.97 meters (62-3). Jeff Duensing wrapped up his strong freshman season by going 17.66 meters (57-11.25).
On the track, Henry Larkin clocked 47.60 in the men's 400-meters to complete a season that has seen him battling through injuries, while Moises Medrano crossed the line in 1:51.93 in the men's 800-meters.
Finishing off another competitive rookie year, Garrett MacQuiddy qualified for the NCAA West Prelims in two events and he ran times of 3:51.34 in the men's 1,500-meters and 1:53.91 in the 800-meters.
The Golden Bear men have two more chances to send athletes to nationals on Friday with Iffy Joyner and Josh Johnson set to compete in the men's discus throw.
Up Next: The California women take the stage Thursday at the regional, beginning with the women's hammer throw at 11:30 a.m. PT.
Hammer Throw: 13. Ivar Moisander, 64.32m/211-0 (PR)
Shot Put: 14. Josh Johnson, 18.97m/62-3; 32. Jeff Duensing, 17.66m/57-11.25
1,500-Meters: 41. Garrett MacQuiddy, 3:51.34
400-Meters: 37. Henry Larkin, 47.60
800-Meters: 35. Moises Medrano, 1:51.93; 44. Garrett MacQuiddy, 1:53.91