Joyner Advances To NCAA Championships
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Iffy Joyner used a clutch third attempt in the discus throw to move into the top 12 of the event and secure his spot at the NCAA Championships on Friday afternoon at the NCAA Track & Field West Prelims.
Sitting in 14th-place when he stepped into the cage for his third and final attempt, Joyner let the disc fly and it landed 56.91 meters (186'-8") into the infield, moving the Pittsburg, California product into sixth-place to punch a ticket to Eugene, Oregon for the NCAA final round June 9-12.
It's the second straight qualification to the NCAA Championships for Joyner after he also finished sixth at the NCAA West Prelims in 2019. He went on to an 18th-place finish at the NCAA Championships two weeks later.
Earlier in the day, Jasmine Blair returned to the hammer throw ring after her flight on Thursday had an issue with the laser measurement, causing the NCAA to redo the competition in the flight.
Blair, who is competing with a knee injury, threw a new personal best by 5 ½ feet at 61.21 meters (200-10) coming close to advancing to Eugene. Blair's heave gave her a 14th-place finish, just two spots away from a berth at nationals.
Up Next: The California women wrap up action at the NCAA West Prelims on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. PT with Hawa Wague in the women's high jump competition.
Discus Throw: 6. Iffy Joyner, 56.91m/186-8q; 32. Josh Johnson, 53.08m/174-2
Hammer Throw: 14. Jasmine Blair, 61.21m/200-10 (PR)