Track & Field Heads To SoCal For Three Meets
BERKELEY – California track & field may have had a large percentage of its roster compete at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational last week, but the Golden Bears (No. 13 women, No. 22 men) had very little time to rest, splitting up for three different meets taking place between April 13-16. The Mt. SAC Relays, held in Walnut, Calif., began the decathlon and heptathlon competitions on Wednesday afternoon, while the bulk of the events are scheduled for April 14-16. The Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif., will host Cal athletes from April 14-15, while the Long Beach Invitational, hosted in Long Beach, Calif., lasts from April 15-16.
The Bears are coming off a stellar weekend that saw three of their athletes (Camryn Rogers, Mykolas Alekna and Ezinne Abba) earn Pac-12 Field/Track Athlete of the Week honors. Rogers, who set an Edwards Stadium and Brutus Hamilton Invitational record in the hammer throw, joined teammate Anna Purchase as the only two women representing the same university to ever throw past 70m in the same meet. Purchase's mark also moved her up to No. 2 all-time in Great Britain and No. 1 this season, while Rogers currently stands at No. 2 in the world.
In all, Saturday's meet saw Cal set 6 new marks on the program's all-time top 10 lists, including a school record from the 4x100m relay squad of Jada Hicks, Abba, Maisie Stevens and Aysha Shaheed.
Currently, 16 Golden Bears across 16 events are ranked in the top 25 nationally as individuals. Two athletes (Abba and Stevens) are ranked in multiple events.