Throwers, Sprinters Make More NCAA, School History At Mt. SAC
BERKELEY – As California track & field closed out their long slate of competition on Saturday, the Golden Bears (No. 13 women, No. 22 men) made a definitive impact at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays by breaking three records and posting an additional NCAA top five mark.
Camryn Rogers broke her own collegiate record in the hammer throw, reaching a distance of 75.73m (248-5) on her fifth throw to surpass the mark that she set at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor National Championships, as well as tying the Canadian national record. In the end, she finished second in the elite invitational section behind only fellow Olympian Brooke Andersen, who owns the world's No. 1 hammer throw this year. Teammate Anna Purchase won the hammer throw collegiate open, posting her own impressive mark of 69.56m (228-3).
Fresh off a school-record 100m dash effort on Friday, Ezinne Abba finished third in the event final and improved her PR by 0.15 seconds to reset the program record. She followed that up with a second Cal record in the 4x100m relay, finishing in 43.99 with a squad that also included Jada Hicks, Maisie Stevens and Aysha Shaheed.
NCAA-leading freshman Mykolas Alekna took second place in the elite invitational section of the discus throw, trailing only reigning Olympic Champion Daniel Stahl with a throw of 66.61m (218-6) and surpassing three other Olympians (and reigning NCAA champion Turner Washington) in the event. Alekna joins Olympian and former Penn thrower Sam Mattis as the only two men to record multiple top-10 throws in NCAA history, with the former's mark coming in fifth all-time behind his third-ranked 66.70m (218-10) from the Aztec Invitational.
At this point, assistant coach Mohamad Saatara (throws) is running out of adjectives to describe Alekna.
"He's a legendary kid," he said. "This is rare territory."
Mt. SAC Relays
Hammer Throw (Open Final): 5. Ivar Moisander 65.95m/216-4
Discus Throw (Invitational): 2. Mykolas Alekna 66.61m/218-6
Hammer Throw (Open Final): 1. Anna Purchase 69.56m/228-3
100m Dash (Open Final): 3. Ezinne Abba 11.12 (School Record) (PR)
Hammer Throw (Invitational): 2. Camryn Rogers 75.73m/248-5 (Collegiate Record) (Tied – Canadian Record) (PR)
4x100m Relay (Invitational): 3. California (Jada Hicks, Ezinne Abba, Maisie Stevens, Aysha Shaheed) 43.99 (School Record)
Long Beach Invitational
High Jump: 8. Jai Williams 2.06/6-9; 33. Riley Knott 1.96m/6-5
110m Hurdles: 49. Riley Knott 15.71w (PR)
400m Dash: 35. Josh Keller 49.80; 36. Blaise Carson 49.83
Discus Throw: 35. Sara Pettinger 44.53m/146-1
The Bears are scheduled for a week off before traveling to Stanford on April 30th to compete in the 128th Big Meet.
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