Bears Start Outdoor Season With A Bang
BERKELEY – California track & field hosted their first home meet of the season on Saturday at Edwards Stadium, welcoming athletes from San Jose State and San Francisco to a competition primarily aimed toward measuring the depth of the Bears' team and allowing many individuals to make their season or Golden Bear debuts. In the end, Cal put on a show and then some, with the Bears accruing a total of 14 event wins and 3 debuts on the program's all-time Top 10 lists.
Arguably the most impressive mark of the day was set by junior Jasmine Blair, who dominated the women's discus throw with a massive personal record of 56.67m (185-11) and shot all the way up to second-best in program history. Freshman Amelia Flynt, making her debut for Cal, competed in three throwing events but shone most in the shot put, where her second-place heave of 16.08m (52-9.25) put her at fifth in school history. On the men's side, sophomore Justin Wirtz took home the win with PRs in both of the aforementioned events, throwing the discus 49.38m (162-0) and the shot put 16.58m (54-4.75).
The Bears also impressed on the track, with the tandem of Jenea Spinks, Ezinne Abba, Maisie Stevens and Aysha Shaheed combining for a 4x100m relay time of 44.98 – 10th-fastest in Cal history. Senior Marea Zlatunich won the women's 1500m run with a time of 4:36.76, while classmate Xavier Court raced to a personal-best 3:58.10 for a win of his own; he was followed closely in that event by sophomore Carrick Denker and his second-place 3:59.38. Cal's men also went 1-2 in the 100m dash, with sophomore Samir Thota posting a time of 10.84 and transfer senior Ethan Song finishing just behind at 10.88, a personal best.
Shot Put: 1. Justin Wirtz 16.58m/54-4.75 (PR)
4x100m Relay: - California (Christian Catlin, George Monroe, Kyle Johnston, David Foster) DNF
1500m Run: 1. Xavier Court 3:58.10 (PR); 2. Carrick Denker 3:59.38; 4. Colin FitzGerald 4:01.19 (PR); 5. Ethan Bersley 4:02.27; 6. Daniel Winek 4:02.84; 8. Aric Reza 4:05.04; 10. Landen Lee 4:05.46; 11. JP Garcia 4:07.50
Long Jump: 1. Kamau Carlisle 7.00m/22-11.75; 4. Riley Knott 6.29m/20-7.75
High Jump: 2. Jai Williams 2.06m/6-9 (PR)
400m Dash: 1. Henry Larkin 48.44; 3. Josh Keller 49.86 (PR); 6. Aiden Baker 50.48; 10. Riley Knott 55.23
Pole Vault: - Tyler Burns NH; - Skyler Magula NH
Discus Throw: 1. Justin Wirtz 49.38m/162-0 (PR); 5. Charlie Dang 41.59m/136-5; 8. Riley Knott 32.24m/105-9
100m Dash: 1. Samir Thota 10.84; 2. Ethan Song 10.88 (PR); 6. Blaise Carson 11.10 (PR)
800m Run: 1. Moises Medrano 1:56.18; 2. Chase Gordon 1:57.74
400m Hurdles: 2. Will Sornberger 54.93
200m Dash: 3. Samir Thota 21.94; 5. Blaise Carson 22.18 (PR); 9. Ethan Song 22.56
Hammer Throw: 2. Rebecca Tomann 55.03m/180-6; 4. Destiny Okoh 48.60m/159-5; 5. Amelia Flynt 45.87m/150-6; 6. Sara Pettinger 45.42m/149-0
Pole Vault: 1. Amari Turner 3.91m/12-10; 3. Paige Martin 3.46m/11-4.5; 4. Seanne Chan 3.31m/10-10.25
Shot Put: 2. Amelia Flynt 16.08m/52-9.25 (5th Cal history); 3. Krissy Smoot 15.06m/49-5 (PR); 4. Sara Pettinger 12.95m/42-6
4x100m Relay: 1. California (Jenea Spinks, Ezinne Abba, Maisie Stevens, Aysha Shaheed) 44.98 (10th Cal history)
1500m Run: 1. Marea Zlatunich 4:36.76; 5. Natalie Weiner 4:49.69; 7. Kalinda Reynolds 5:01.53
High Jump: 2. Hawa Wague 1.66m/5-5.25; 3. Caitlin Bailey 1.61m/5-3.25
400m Dash: 2. Ryan Lacefield 57.00
100m Dash: 1. Jahzara Richardson 12.28; 4. Chloe Decker 13.48
800m Run: 3. Gianna Beasley 2:25.15
Discus Throw: 1. Jasmine Blair 56.67m/185-11 (2nd Cal history) (PR); 3. Amelia Flynt 48.05m/157-7; 4. Krissy Smoot 47.44m/155-7; 5. Sara Pettinger 45.62m/149-8
200m Dash: 3. Jahzara Richardson 25.03; 4. Ryan Lacefield 25.15; 9. Jaymie Ruskovich 26.58; 12. Chloe Decker 29.15
Triple Jump: 1. Asha Fletcher 12.45m/40-10.25; 3. Busola Akinduro 12.07m/39-7.25; 5. Zenab Ojibe 10.95m/35-11.25
2000m Steeplechase: 1. Piper Wilson 7:02.13
Star throwers Camryn Rogers and Josh Johnson head to Birmingham, Ala., for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 11-12.
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