Rogers Named Semifinalist For The Bowerman
NEW ORLEANS – California track & field hammer throw standout Camryn Rogers has been named a semifinalist for The Bowerman, announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Wednesday.
Rogers became the first athlete in California track & field history, man or woman, to be named to The Bowerman Watch List on May 19. The Bowerman finalists will be announced in the coming weeks.
Rogers broke the collegiate record twice last week on the way to defending her women's hammer throw national title at the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Opening the competition with a bang, Rogers set 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.
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.
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 the NCAA Championships.
Earning several accolades this season, Rogers was named the USTFCCCA National NCAA Division I Women's Athlete of the Week on April 6 after returning to competition with a new personal best at the Stanford Invitational and earned Pac-12 Women's Field Athlete of the Week twice, on April 6 and April 21.
THE BOWERMAN 2021
Tamara Clark, Alabama (Sprints)
Anna Cockrell, Southern California (Sprints/Hurdles)
Tara Davis, Texas (Jumps/Hurdles)
Tyra Gittens, Texas A&M (Combined Events)
Tonea Marshall, LSU (Hurdles)
Athing Mu, Texas A&M (Sprints/Mid-Distance)
Camryn Rogers, California (Throws)
Cambrea Sturgis, North Carolina A&T (Sprints)
Ruth Usoro, Texas Tech (Jumps)
Jorinde van Klinken, Arizona State (Throws)
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