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Pair Of Cal Throwers Heads To Nationals

Mar 9, 2022

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BERKELEY – One week after California track & field kicked off its outdoor season, two of its throwers will head back indoors one last time this year to bid for national titles. Seniors Josh Johnson and Camryn Rogers placed within the top 16 nationally in their respective events to earn berths to this year's NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted this year at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala., from March 11-12.

"Camryn and Josh have been training very diligently and consistently throughout the season," said assistant coach Mohamad Saatara, who leads the throws squad. "Both of these competitions at the NCAA Championships are going to be at the elite world-class level, and these two are prepared to rise to the challenge."

Rogers will compete in the women's weight throw after winning the conference title at the Pac-12 Invitational two weeks ago, tying for the ninth-best mark in the nation with a heave of 22.73m (74-7) and setting a new school record. The event is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. PT on Friday, March 11, and will mark Rogers' second appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships, following her sixth-place finish at the 2021 indoor contest that earned her First Team All-American honors.

"Camryn's preparations have been exceptional this year," said Saatara. "Using her knowledge and experience from her previous elite and international competitions, she has done a masterful job at preparing for this championship."

Johnson placed third in the shot put at the Pac-12 Invitational with a personal-best 19.93m (65-4.75), 2nd-farthest in program history and 10th-farthest in the nation this year. He will compete against Division I's best men's shot putters on Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 p.m. PT. This will be his first appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championships; he qualified in 2020, but the meet was canceled due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, his efforts during the MPSF Championships were enough to earn him All-American status that year.

"Josh has improved steadily throughout his career here at Cal. He has worked from being a developmental athlete in his freshman year to now being one of the very best shot putters in the NCAA," Saatara said. "He has a very strong work ethic, and his growth as both an athlete and a person has been a big point of pride for our program and for me personally as his coach and mentor."

The NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be streamed on ESPN3.
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