Summer Successes For Top Bears
BERKELEY – After a record-setting season for the Bears that culminated with 13 NCAA qualifiers and 6 All-American honors, as well as 8 nationally ranked event squads, many of California track & field's individual athletes have elected to continue their competitive seasons into the summer – with unsurprisingly stunning results.
Mykolas Alekna followed up his second-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a victory at the Lithuanian Championships in Šiauliai, Lithuania, on June 25, beating out countryman (and World No. 3) Andrius Gudžius with a new discus PR of 69.00m (226-3) to take home the title. Just five days later, he entered his first Diamond League meet in Stockholm, Sweden, and set an even bigger personal record, sending the discus 69.81m (229-0) to take over Gudžius' World No. 3 spot and finish second in the contest. His mark, which is not eligible for NCAA record books due to it occurring at a non-NCAA meet, nevertheless stands as the farthest by a teenager all-time.
Camryn Rogers, fresh off her third straight NCAA hammer title, added another championship to her extensive résumé with a first-place finish at the Bell Canadian Outdoor Championships on July 25. Her winning throw of 75.33m (247-1) led the field by over two meters. A finalist for The Bowerman, given each year to collegiate track & field's top athlete, Rogers also owns two Canadian records (indoor weight throw and hammer throw), as well as the highest-ever finish by a Canadian hammer thrower at the Olympic Games.
Both Alekna and Rogers will be competing at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, this week, beginning with the women's hammer throw qualifying round on July 15. It will be the third time that each of them has competed at Hayward Field this season, having each won the Pac-12 title in their respective events and followed that up by winning NCAA Championship (Rogers) and Runner-Up (Alekna) honors.
Several other members of Cal track & field experienced tremendous successes at their respective summer meets thus far. The Toyota USA Track & Field (USATF) Outdoor Championships, held from June 23-26, featured Iffy Joyner in the senior men's discus; he placed seventh against several of the world's best with a throw of 61.42m (201-6) in his first USA Championships.
The Under-20 iteration of the USATF Championships (June 23-25) fielded two Cal athletes in Amelia Flynt and David Foster, who both earned spots on Team USA's U20 squad as a result of their fantastic performances. Flynt, who entered both the shot put and discus competitions, became the nation's U20 women's shot put champion with a toss of 15.55m (51-0.25). Foster entered the men's 100m dash, setting a personal record of 10.46 in the preliminary round before doing so again later that afternoon, finishing fourth overall with a time of 10.36 in the final. Both Flynt and Foster will represent the United States at the upcoming IAAF U20 World Championships in Cali, Colombia, on August 1-6.
After representing Cal at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Busola Akinduro took home the Canadian triple jump title on June 25, leaping to a mark of 12.62m (41-5) to earn the top spot in the contest and join Rogers as Canadian champions.
Ivar Moisander, who competed in the men's hammer throw at the NCAA Championships, took to the circle for the first time this summer on June 21, finishing third in the event at the Swedish Team Championships in Uppsala, Sweden with a mark of 64.02m (210-0). On the women's side, NCAA podium finisher Anna Purchase earned fifth place (63.95m/209-9) at the Müller UK Athletics Championships in Manchester, England, on June 26. Both Moisander and Purchase own Top 10 marks in Cal's record books; they will continue improving their craft at various meets throughout the summer before returning to Berkeley.
Summer Results – June 21-July 3
-June 21: Swedish Team Championships (Hammer – 64.02m/210-0) 3rd Place
-July 3: Karlstad Grand Prix (Hammer – 62.83m/206-1) 6th Place
-June 23: Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships (Discus – 61.42m/201-6) 7th Place
-June 24: USATF U20 Outdoor Championships (Discus – 49.07m/161-0) 5th Place
-June 25: USATF U20 Outdoor Championships (Shot Put – 15.55m/51-0.25) 1st Place
-June 25: Lithuanian Championships (Discus – 69.00m/226-3) 1st Place
-June 30: BAUHAUS-galan Diamond League (Discus – 69.81m/229-0) 2nd Place
-July 1: SK Cosma Summer Cup (Discus – 67.63m/221-10) 1st Place
-June 25: Bell Canadian Outdoor Championships (Hammer – 75.33m/247-1) 1st Place
-June 25: Bell Canadian Outdoor Championships (Triple Jump – 12.62m/41-5) 1st Place
-June 26: Müller UK Athletics Championships (Hammer – 63.95m/209-9) 5th Place
IAAF World Championships Schedule (All Times PT)
Day One (July 15) - MORNING SESSION
No. 3 Camryn Rogers (Women's Hammer)
Qualifying Group A – 12:05 p.m.
Qualifying Group B – 1:30 p.m.
Day Three (July 17) – MORNING SESSION
No. 3 Camryn Rogers (Women's Hammer – if qualified)
Final – 11:35 a.m.
Day Three (July 17) – AFTERNOON SESSION
No. 7 Mykolas Alekna (Men's Discus)
Qualifying Group A – 5:05 p.m.
Qualifying Group B – 6:30 p.m.
Day Five (July 19) – AFTERNOON SESSION
No. 7 Mykolas Alekna (Men's Discus – if qualified)
Final – 6:33 p.m.
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