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Abba Breaks School Record, Throwers Shine On Day Three

Apr 16, 2022

BERKELEY – California track & field competed in the bulk of its events at the famous Mt. SAC Relays on Friday, testing their skills against hundreds of the nation's best collegiate athletes. The Bears (No. 13 women, No. 22 men) posted a slew of top marks, but it was Ezinne Abba who stole the show by breaking her own school record in the 100m dash, blazing to a time of 11.26 to qualify for Saturday's finals and further cementing herself as one of the greatest sprinters of all time at Cal.

Abba was not the only standout on the women's side. Sophomore Jada Hicks continued her climb up the Cal record books by finishing the 100m hurdles in 13.57, fifth all-time at Cal. In the 100m dash, Maisie Stevens posted a time of 11.44, just 0.01 seconds off her personal record, while freshman Aysha Shaheed lowered her PR to 11.69 for the ninth-fastest time in Cal history. Asha Fletcher posted season-best marks in the triple jump and the long jump, leaping 13.10m (42-11.75) in the former and a wind-aided 6.10m (20-0.25) in the latter. Hawa Wague also reached a season-best jump mark, clearing the high jump bar at 1.75m (5-8.75). In the hammer throw preliminary round, Anna Purchase advanced to the finals after a first-place toss of 67.34m (220-11) in the preliminary round, while teammate Rebecca Tomann posted a throw of 57.41m (188-4) – her best as a Golden Bear.

Senior Josh Johnson gained further control of the second-best shot put mark in program history with a PR of 19.89m (65-3.25) in the event, finishing third in the finals. Teammate Jeff Duensing, meanwhile, posted a personal best of his own, reaching a distance of 18.86m (61-10.5) to move up to eighth all-time at Cal. In the men's discus throw, Iffy Joyner finished third with a heave of 59.43m (194-11), while Ivar Moisander took sixth in the hammer throw preliminary round to qualify for Saturday's finals with his 66.07m (216-9). Michael Gupta also competed in the hammer throw, reaching a PR of 63.12m (207-1) to rise to 10th in Cal history. Finally, Garrett MacQuiddy posted yet another superb race on the track, outright winning the men's 1500m collegiate open with his time of 3:44.36.

Meredith Corda also competed for the Bears in the Bryan Clay Invitational on Friday, finishing the 1500m in a personal-best 4:27.70
Mt. SAC Relays
Shot Put (Open Final): 1. Josh Johnson 19.89m/65-3.25 (2nd Cal history) (PR); 4. Jeff Duensing 18.86m/61-10.5 (8th Cal history) (PR); 8. Jake Porter 17.78m/58-4
110m Hurdles (Open Prelim): 41. Di'Niko Bates 15.14w
100m Dash (Open Prelim): 20. David Foster 10.35w; 33. George Monroe 10.53w (PR); 50. Kamau Carlisle 10.66; 55. Christian Catlin 10.73w; 65. Samir Thota 10.90
400m Hurdles (Open Prelim): 23. Will Sornberger 52.95
Triple Jump (Open): 13. Isaiah Shaw 14.62m/47-11.75
Hammer Throw (Open Prelim): 6. Ivar Moisander 66.07m/216-9 (q); 10. Michael Gupta 63.12m/207-1 (10th Cal history) (PR)
400m Dash (Open): 40. Henry Larkin 47.87
800m Run (Open): 27. Ben Micallef 1:51.26
200m Dash (Open): 36. George Monroe 21.50w; 40. David Foster 21.65w; 45. Samir Thota 21.92w
4x400m Relay: 4. California (David Foster, Josh Keller, Will Sornberger, Henry Larkin) 3:12.00
Pole Vault (Open C): - Tyler Burns NH
Long Jump (Open): 13. Mason Mangum 7.26m/23-10
Discus Throw (Open Final): 3. Iffy Joyner 59.43m/194-11; 9. Josh Johnson 54.78m/179-8
1500m Run (Open): 1. Garrett MacQuiddy 3:44.36; 16. Cole Sawires Yager 3:56.44
Hammer Throw (Open Prelim): 1. Anna Purchase 67.34m/220-11 (q); 12. Rebecca Tomann 57.41m/188-4 (Cal PR)
Pole Vault (Open): T6. Amari Turner 4.00m/13-1.5
100m Hurdles (Open Prelim): 13. Jada Hicks 13.57 (5th Cal history) (Cal PR); 32. Jordyn Grady 14.23
100m Dash (Open Prelim): 6. Ezinne Abba 11.26 (School Record) (PR) (q); 12. Maisie Stevens 11.44; 25. Aysha Shaheed 11.69 (9th Cal history) (PR); 62. Jahzara Richardson 12.37
Triple Jump (Open): 4. Asha Fletcher 13.10m/42-11.75; 5. Felicia Renelus 12.73m/41-9.25; 6. Busola Akinduro 12.71m/41-8.5
High Jump (Open): 4. Hawa Wague 1.75m/5-8.75
Shot Put (Open Final): 9. Amelia Flynt 16.17m/53-0.75
400m Dash (Open): 33. Aly Conyers 55.04
Discus Throw (Open Final): 6. Jasmine Blair 52.44m/172-0
200m Dash (Open): 4. Ezinne Abba 23.04; 17. Maisie Stevens 23.59w (PR); 38. Aysha Shaheed 24.07
Long Jump (Open): 13. Asha Fletcher 6.10mw/20-0.25; 30. Ijeoma Uche 5.59m/18-4.25
Bryan Clay Invitational

1500m Run (Open A): 5. Meredith Corda 4:27.70 (PR)

Cal will finish up at the Mt. SAC Relays on Saturday, April 16, while also competing at the Long Beach Invitational.

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