EUGENE, Ore. – Camryn Rogers broke the collegiate record twice on the way to defending her women's hammer throw national title at the NCAA Championships on Thursday at Hayward Field.
Rogers opened the competition with a bang by setting the new collegiate best, NCAA championships meet record and eighth-best throw in the world this year on her first attempt with a mark of 74.97 meters (245-11).
After setting what would have been two more personal records coming into the day on throws three and five, the Richmond, B.C., product capped her day and season with her best effort yet.
She went 75.52 meters (247-9) on her final attempt to set the NCAA record for the second time and move into the fourth spot on the world leaders list this year, while claiming her second consecutive national championship.
"Everything that Coach Mo (Mohamad Saatara) and I have done since NCAAs two years ago - the practices, the mental training, the trust - has all led to today," Rogers said. "I couldn't be more grateful to be training under such an amazing coach. I had so many fantastic friends and family who traveled from everywhere to support me and it means the world to be able to do this for them as well as for the wonderful people cheering me on at home. I'm so proud to bring the NCAA title home to Cal again and to build off this for the Olympics!"
Rogers' top throw was almost 14 feet farther than the second-place finisher, Shey Taiwo of Ole Miss, and all five of her fair throws would have won the NCAA title.
With the victory, Rogers became the first Golden Bear to defend an NCAA championship since Sheila Hudson won two straight titles in the triple jump in 1987 and 1988.
"Today was an amazing and historic day," Saatara said. "Camryn demonstrated exceptional technical command and competitiveness at the highest level. It's an honor and absolute joy to be her coach."
Rewriting the NCAA women's hammer throw record book all season long, Rogers now holds the top two marks, four of the top 10 all-time marks and five of the top 11 all-time throws. She posted four of the top all-time marks at today's NCAA Championship meet.
- 4th-best hammer throw in the world this year
- Collegiate Record (2x)
- NCAA Championships Meet Record (4x)
- Canadian U23 Record
- Best Canadian mark this year
- Nine inches off Canadian Record
- Collegiate lead (5x today)
- All five fair throws would have won NCAA Championship this year
Rogers NCAA All-Time Marks:
- 75.52 meters - 247-9 (1st)
- 74.97 meters - 245-11 (2nd)
- 73.52 meters - 241-2 (8th)
- 73.33 meters - 240-7 (t9th)
- 73.09 meters - 239-9 (11th)