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Abba, Stevens Continue Meteoric Rise

Apr 2, 2022

Complete Results 

STANFORD – California track & field's incredible start to the season continued on Saturday with another stellar showing in Day 2 of the Stanford Invitational, as the Bears (No. 18 men, No. 20 women) accumulated 12 new personal records and 5 program Top 10 marks throughout the afternoon.
Senior sprinter Ezinne Abba followed up Friday's win in the 100m dash with another win in the 200m, finishing in 23.18 to move to third overall in program history, while classmate Maisie Stevens followed just behind for the second straight day, setting a massive PR of 23.72 to break into Cal's Top 10 list. Both women also competed for the Bears in the 4x100m relay, along with freshmen Jahzara Richardson and Aysha Shaheed; together, the quartet combined for a winning time of 44.45 and a program Top 3 mark.

Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Robyne Johnson was thrilled with the Bears' performance over the past two days. "To be doing so well and still seeing things that we can work on, that's a really good sign," she said.

Johnson had high praise for several members of the team, including Abba and Stevens. "Ezinne is really coming into her own – Coach (Ronnye) Harrison has done an incredible job with her, and she's getting better every single week," she said, "not to mention the season that Maisie is having. They're just great to have on our squad."

Both the men's and women's triple jumpers also impressed, with Busola Akinduro, Felicia Renelus and Asha Fletcher taking first, second and fourth place, respectively, in the women's contest; Akinduro's PR of 13.01m (42-8.25) was 8th-best in program history, while Renelus' own personal record of 12.83m (42-1.25) only just missed out on the No. 10 spot. On the men's side, freshman Isaiah Shaw continued his upward momentum with a third-place (and personal-best) leap of 15.05m (49-4.5).

The men's 4x100m relay squad of Kamau Carlisle, George Monroe, Christian Catlin and David Foster put together the team's fastest time of the season, clocking in at a combined 40.19 to win second place, while the 4x400m unit of Isaiah Shaw, Josh Keller, Will Sornberger and Henry Larkin likewise raced to a season-best (and third-place) 3:10.48.

Other top-3 finishers for Cal included Jasmine Blair (3rd place, 51.86m/170-1) in the women's discus throw invite, Sara Pettinger (1st place, 48.24/158-3) in the women's discus throw open, Jake Porter in the men's shot put (3rd place, 17.82m/58-5.75), Ivar Moisander (3rd place, 61.98m/203-4) in the men's hammer throw, Ben Micallef (3rd place, 1:50.47) in Section 1 of the men's 800m run and Destiny Okoh (3rd place, 48.59m/159-5) in the women's hammer throw open.
Pole Vault: 5. Tyler Burns 4.91m/16-1.25; 8. Skyler Magula 4.46m/14-7.5 (PR)
Hammer Throw: 3. Ivar Moisander 61.98m/203-4; 4. Michael Gupta 61.03m/200-2 (PR)
4x100m Relay: 2. California (Kamau Carlisle, George Monroe, Christian Catlin, David Foster) 40.19
800m Run (Section 1): 3. Ben Micallef 1:50.47
800m Run (Section 2): 4. Moises Medrano 1:51.97
800m Run (Section 4): 6. Chase Gordon 1:56.07 (PR)
200m Dash: 8. George Monroe 21.53; 11. David Foster 21.65; 26. Samir Thota 22.13; - Di'Niko Bates DNF
4x400m Relay: 3. California (Isaiah Shaw, Josh Keller, Will Sornberger, Henry Larkin) 3:10.48
Shot Put: 3. Jake Porter 17.82m/58-5.75 (PR); 4. Jeff Duensing 17.76m/58-3.25
Triple Jump: 3. Isaiah Shaw 15.05m/49-4.5 (PR)
Hammer Throw (Open): 3. Destiny Okoh 48.59m/159-5; 6. Sara Pettinger 44.20m/145-0; 8. Shyann Franklin 42.64m/139-10 (PR)
Javelin Throw (Open): 5. Francesca Macias 38.41m/126-0 (PR)
4x100m Relay: 1. California (Jahzara Richardson, Ezinne Abba, Maisie Stevens, Aysha Shaheed) 44.45 (3rd Cal history)
800m Run (Section 3): 5. Mina Anglero 2:08.84
200m Dash: 1. Ezinne Abba 23.18 (3rd Cal history) (PR); 2. Maisie Stevens 23.72 (10th Cal history) (PR); 12. Jahzara Richardson 24.86
Discus Throw: 3. Jasmine Blair 51.86m/170-1; 5. Amelia Flynt 49.51m/162-5; 9. Krissy Smoot 45.09m/147-11
Triple Jump: 1. Busola Akinduro 13.01m/42-8.25 (8th Cal history) (PR); 2. Felicia Renelus 12.83m/42-1.25 (PR); 4. Asha Fletcher 12.67m/41-7
Discus Throw (Open): 1. Sara Pettinger 48.24m/158-3 (PR)
The Bears host the historic Brutus Hamilton Invitational at Edwards Stadium on Saturday, April 9.

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