Rogers Punches Ticket To NCAA Championships
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Camryn Rogers punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships by winning the hammer throw and California posted impressive times on the track as the Golden Bear women took the stage at the NCAA West Prelims Thursday.
Rogers posted a top throw of 72.16 meters (236-9) on her second attempt to break the NCAA West Preliminary Round record and set a facility record at E.B. Cushing Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M University.
The junior from Richmond, British Columbia, is set to defend her 2019 national title in Eugene, Oregon June 9-12.
"It was a hot and humid day, we got delayed, but we came here to get the job done," Rogers said. "I'm happy to be consistently over 72 meters this season and especially in this qualifying meet. It was awesome to be cheered on by my teammates and Coach Mo (Mohamad Saatara). Now I'm excited to be moving on to Eugene!"
Jasmine Blair is set for a re-do in the women's hammer throw on Friday morning at 9 a.m. PT after there was an issue with the laser while measuring throws during the first flight Thursday. She'll have another chance to post a top 12 mark and join Rogers at the NCAA Championships.
The Cal sprints/hurdles group had a strong showing as well. Ezinne Abba blazed her way to the Cal school record in the women's 100-meter dash, clocking 11.30 seconds to take second in her heat and automatically advance to Saturday's quarterfinal of the event.
Abba broke Antonette Carter's previous record time of 11.33 seconds set during the 2006 season. She will take the track at 5:05 p.m. PT for the quarterfinal round. Abba ran her second personal record of the day in the women's 200-meters as she clocked 23.58 seconds, but came up just short of advancing to the quarterfinal round.
Deshae Wise also advanced to a Saturday quarterfinal on the track, crossing the finish line in 13.17 seconds for a third-place finish in her heat of the 100-meter hurdles to auto-qualify. She'll run at 4:45 p.m. PT on Saturday.
Maisie Stevens ran 11.54 seconds in her heat of the women's 100-meters, while Annie Boos turned in a time of 4:32.41 in the women's 1,500-meters. Stevens will run with the women's 4x100 relay team, along with Abba, Wise and Sonia Redon at 3:30 p.m. PT on Saturday and Boos runs the 3,000-meter steeplechase Saturday at 4:10 p.m. PT.
Hammer Throw: 1. Camryn Rogers, 72.16m/236-9; X. Anna Purchase, FOUL
100-Meter Hurdles: 17. Deshae Wise, 13.17Qw
1,500-Meters: 40. Annie Boos, 4:32.41
100-Meters: 16. Ezinne Abba, 11.30QSR; 32. Maisie Stevens, 11.54w
200-Meters: 37. Ezinne Abba, 23.58 (PR)