Bears Set Plethora Of Records On Senior Day
BERKELEY – As California track & field honored 29 graduating seniors in their last meet at Edwards Stadium, the team was determined to send them out on the highest of notes. Currently ranked No. 15 in the nation for both the men's and women's squads, the Bears set a multitude of records at Saturday afternoon's Brutus Hamilton Invitational, inspiring loud cheers from the onlooking crowd and strengthening their case for national prominence.
Camryn Rogers set a new Edwards Stadium and Brutus Hamilton Invitational record, launching the hammer 74.80m (245-5) to take further control of her NCAA lead and global No. 2 ranking. Despite this, she was only part of the story, as Anna Purchase shattered her PR for the third straight week in a best effort of 70.63m (231-8), the second-best ever by a female Great Britain athlete. It was the first time in NCAA history that two women from the same school threw over 70 meters in the same meet.
That could have been the day's only big story for Cal, but the women's sprinters had other ideas. In the 4x100m relay, Jada Hicks, Ezinne Abba, Maisie Stevens and Aysha Shaheed combined for a time of 44.25, breaking an 18-year-old program record. Even after that, Abba was not finished – she blazed to a time of 22.99 in the 200m dash, the second-fastest in program history and the fastest at standard altitude.
In total, the Bears recorded 6 top-10 program marks, 20 event wins and 28 personal records at Saturday's meet.
Ivar Moisander started off the meet with a win for Cal, recording a lifetime-best 66.40m (217-10) to move to fourth in program history. The men's shot putters also impressed by posting a podium sweep, as Josh Johnson (19.63m/64-5), Jake Porter (18.03m/59-2) and Iffy Joyner (17.65m/57-11) went one-two-three in the event. In the pole vault, Tyler Burns moved up to a tie for eighth in program history with a personal-best 5.21m (17-1); on the track, Jaden Rosenthal (3:50.95), Cole Sawires Yager (3:51.83) and Carrick Denker (3:53.97) controlled the top three spots in the 1500m run. Meanwhile, the men's 4x100m relay squad of Kamau Carlisle, George Monroe, Christian Catlin and David Foster inched ever closer to their own spot in the record books with a winning time of 40.05. Foster himself raced to a PR of 10.42 in the 100m dash, sixth-fastest in Cal history, while the men's discus featured another podium sweep of Mykolas Alekna (64.97m/213-2), Iffy Joyner (60.87m/199-8) and Josh Johnson (55.67m/182-7).
On the women's side, Jasmine Blair completed the hammer podium sweep for the Bears with her third-place 57.87m (189-10), then dominated in the discus throw with a winning heave of 54.11m (177-6); following that, a trio of seniors finished one-two-three in the 1500m: Marea Zlatunich (4:27.72), Meredith Corda (4:29.60) and Jessica Nye (4:30.77). Ijeoma Uche broke six meters to win the long jump with a mark of 6.01m (19-8.75), a personal record for her at Cal. Both Aly Conyers (54.72) and Ryan Lacefield (56.26) set personal records in the 400m dash, respectively finishing first and second in the race.
Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Robyne Johnson could not stop beaming after the meet, all the way through an alumni reception celebrating legendary Cal head coach Ed Miller. "It was a great day," she said later with a grin. "What else is there to say?"
Hammer Throw: 1. Ivar Moisander 66.40m/217-10 (4th Cal history) (PR); 2. Michael Gupta 60.52m/198-6
Long Jump: 2. Mason Mangum 6.98m/22-10.75; 3. Kamau Carlisle 6.97m/22-10.5
5000m Run: 3. Aric Reza 14:55.02; 5. JP Garcia 15:18.09
High Jump: 1. Jai Williams 1.98m/6-6; 3. Riley Knott 1.98m/6-6
Shot Put: 1. Josh Johnson 19.63m/64-5; 2. Jake Porter 18.03m/59-2 (PR); 3. Iffy Joyner 17.65m/57-11; 4. Jeff Duensing 17.06m/55-11.75; 5. Justin Wirtz 15.37m/50-5.25
4x100m Relay: 1. California 40.05 (Kamau Carlisle, George Monroe, Christian Catlin, David Foster)
Pole Vault: 2. Tyler Burns 5.21m/17-1 (T8th Cal history) (PR); 4. Hakim McMorris 4.61m/15-1.5 (PR); - Skyler Magula NH
1500m Run: 1. Jaden Rosenthal 3:50.95 (PR); 2. Cole Sawires Yager 3:51.83; 3. Carrick Denker 3:53.97; 5. Gabriel Abbes 3:55.98; 6. Daniel Winek 3:56.65 (PR); - Garrett MacQuiddy DNF
400m Dash: 1. Henry Larkin 47.91; 2. Will Sornberger 48.20 (PR), 5. Blaise Carson 49.08 (PR); 6. Ben Micallef 49.50; 7. Isaiah Shaw 49.60; 10. Aiden Baker 50.24 (PR)
100m Dash: 1. David Foster 10.42 (6th Cal history) (PR); 2. Kamau Carlisle 10.65 (PR); 6. Samir Thota 10.83; 17. Ethan Song 11.18; 27. Riley Knott 12.01; - Christian Catlin DNF
Discus Throw: 1. Mykolas Alekna 64.97m/213-2; 2. Iffy Joyner 60.87m/199-8; 3. Josh Johnson 55.67m/182-7 (PR); 4. Justin Wirtz 52.68m/172-10; 6. Jake Porter 46.64m/153-0; 10. Hakim McMorris 38.46m/126-2
Triple Jump: 3. Isaiah Shaw 14.98m/47-6.25
800m Run: 1. Moises Medrano 1:50.19; 6. Chase Gordon 1:57.27; - Garrett MacQuiddy DNF
400m Hurdles: 4. Jimmy Dessouki 56.10
200m Dash: 1. George Monroe 21.30 (PR); 5. David Foster 21.67; 6. Josh Keller 21.81 (PR); 7. Samir Thota 21.86; 11. Blaise Carson 22.11 (PR); 19. Ethan Song 22.64
4x400m Relay: 1. California (A) 3:15.23 (Will Sornberger, Blaise Carson, Josh Keller, Henry Larkin); 3. California (B) 3:19.61 (Ben Micallef, Moises Medrano, Chase Gordon, Aiden Baker)
Hammer Throw: 1. Camryn Rogers 74.80m/245-5 (No. 2 world) (Edwards Stadium record) (Meet record); 2. Anna Purchase 70.63m/231-8 (No. 1 Great Britain) (No. 2 all-time Great Britain) (2nd Cal history) (PR); 3. Jasmine Blair 57.87m/189-10; 7. Rebecca Tomann 54.40m/178-5; 9. Destiny Okoh 50.94m/167-1 (PR); - Shyann Franklin FOUL
5000m Run: 4. Kalinda Reynolds 18:30.16
4x100m Relay: 1. California 44.25 (Jada Hicks, Ezinne Abba, Maisie Stevens, Aysha Shaheed) (School Record)
1500m Run: 1. Marea Zlatunich 4:27.72 (PR); 2. Meredith Corda 4:29.60 (PR); 3. Jessica Nye 4:30.77; 7. Natalie Weiner 4:44.57 (PR)
Long Jump: 1. Ijeoma Uche 6.01m/19-8.75 (Cal PR); 7. Busola Akinduro 5.35m/17-6.75
Javelin Throw: 2. Francesca Macias 39.39m/129-2 (PR)
400m Dash: 1. Aly Conyers 54.72 (PR); 2. Ryan Lacefield 56.26 (PR)
100m Dash: 8. Jaymie Ruskovich 12.72; 15. Sara East 13.33; 16. Chloe Decker 13.40 (PR)
Shot Put: 1. Amelia Flynt 15.91m/52-2.5; 2. Krissy Smoot 14.75m/48-4.75; 4. Sara Pettinger 13.38m/43-10.75; - Shyann Franklin FOUL
Pole Vault: 7. Seanne Chan 3.60m/11-9.75
High Jump: 1. Hawa Wague 1.71m/5-7.25; 3. Caitlin Bailey 1.61m/5-3.25; - Toby Lai NH
800m Run: 2. Mina Anglero 2:07.85; 3. Claire Yerby 2:11.93; 6. Gianna Beasley 2:16.16 (PR)
200m Dash: 1. Ezinne Abba 22.99 (2nd Cal history) (PR); 3. Aysha Shaheed 24.09; 4. Aly Conyers 24.27; 11. Jaymie Ruskovich 25.69 (PR); 22. Chloe Decker 27.99 (PR)
Discus Throw: 1. Jasmine Blair 54.11m/177-6; 3. Amelia Flynt 50.01m/164-1; 4. Krissy Smoot 45.60m/149-7; 5. Sara Pettinger 44.72m/146-8
Triple Jump: 3. Felicia Renelus 12.23m (40-1.5); 14. Zenab Ojibe 10.83m (35-6.5)
Cal will split its team into three next weekend, sending athletes to the Mt. SAC Relays, the Bryan Clay Invitational and the Long Beach Invitational on April 15-16.
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