Bears Inch Closer To School Records
Cal track & field finished up their split-squad weekend on Saturday afternoon with more successes for the program, recording 5 all-time Top 10 marks and three Top-3 finishes on the day to build momentum as they look toward the indoor regular-season finale.
At the Don Kirby Elite Invitational, two women and one man set new marks for Cal's all-time Top 10 lists. The first of these came from freshman David Foster, who moved into sole possession of Cal's second-fastest 60m dash time with his finish of 6.74. Senior Felicia Renelus, who placed second in the triple jump, claimed the eighth-farthest leap in program history with her best jump of 12.65m (41-5.75), while junior Amari Turner vaulted 3.97m (13-0.25) in the pole vault to earn the fifth-best spot on that particular list.
At the Husky Classic, two more men reached new heights on the Bears' Top 10 lists. Senior Ben Micallef posted a new Maltese national record in the 800m dash, finishing with a second-place time of 1:49.07 that moved him up to second-best for the program all-time. Freshman Garrett MacQuiddy placed 9th out of 84 finishers in the men's mile run, posting a time of 4:01.02 that stands as the 6th-fastest in Cal history.
"We definitely started off on the right foot," said assistant coach Bobby Lockhart, who traveled with the distance runners up to Seattle.
Don Kirby Elite Invitational Day Two
60m Dash: 12. David Foster 6.74 (prelims) (PR) (2nd Cal history), 6.79 (qualifying); 26. Aiden Lippert 6.93 (qualifying); 31. Christian Catlin 6.96 (qualifying); 34. Mason Mangum 6.98 (qualifying)
60m Hurdles: - Di'Niko Bates DNF (prelims)
Triple Jump: 13. Isaiah Shaw 14.34m (47-0.75)
400m Dash: 10. Henry Larkin 47.66 (Cal PR)
Shot Put: 12. Justin Wirtz 16.58m/54-4.75 (PR)
60m Dash: 5. Ezinne Abba 7.49 (finals), 7.50 (prelims); 14. Jenea Spinks 7.56 (prelims); 19. Maisie Stevens 7.60 (prelims); 21. Aysha Shaheed 7.67 (prelims), 7.58 (qualifying)
60m Hurdles: 7. Jazlynn Shearer 8.38 (finals), 8.36 (prelims) 14. Asjah Atkinson 8.70 (prelims)
Triple Jump: 2. Felicia Renelus 12.65m/41-5.75 (PR) (8th Cal history); 3. Asha Fletcher 12.58m/41-3.25
Pole Vault: 8. Amari Turner J3.97m/13-0.25 (PR) (5th Cal history); 37. Paige Martin 3.52m/11-6.5
Shot Put: 23. Krissy Smoot 13.11m/43-0.25
Husky Classic Day Two
Mile Run: 9. Garrett MacQuiddy 4:01.02 (6th Cal history); 63. Arjun Vadgama 4:11.90; 66. Jaden Rosenthal 4:13.23 (PR)
800m Run: Ben Micallef 1:49.07 (PR) (2nd Cal history) (Maltese national record)
Mile Run: 69. Claire Yerby 4:56.10 (PR); 75. Jessica Nye 4:57.94 (PR)
The Bears return to Seattle on Feb. 25-26 for the Pac-12 Invitational, which acts as a stand-in for this year's canceled MPSF Indoor Championship.
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