Over the weekend, Cal Track and Field competed at the MPSF Indoor Championships up at Seattle. Bears bested last year’s 3 titles with 4 in 2019, despite some personnel changes due to graduation (to Cal hurdler/Football DB/punt-returner Ashtyn Davis) and injury (pole vaulter Lauren Martinez).
The lone repeat champion for the Golden Bears is men’s triple jump winner Tuomas Kaukolahti. On his 3rd attempt, Kaukolahti got a jump of 16.17m/53-0.75 for the win. The Finnish junior has now won the triple jump in all 5 indoor events this season.
Back-to-back!!— Cal XC/Track & Field (@CalTFXC) February 23, 2019
Tuomas wins the triple jump championship for the second straight year! #EarnIt pic.twitter.com/AD4k7dfh5d
Other Cal Bears to pick up victory includes sophomore Camryn Roger in the weight throw with a distance of 21.04m/69-0.50. Roger is the only Cal women to pick up a victory this weekend. The Canadian won the 2018 U20 World Championships this past summer.
Ladies and Gentlemen... Your 2019 MPSF Champion in the Weight Throw is none other than @Camryn_Throws!! pic.twitter.com/x0ykRdrRkh— Cal XC/Track & Field (@CalTFXC) February 22, 2019
Also picking up a conference title is Cal junior Jasher Foster in the 60m hurdles, now that Ashtyn Davis has exhausted his track-and-field eligibility. Foster finished with a time of 7.85 that is good for 4th best in program history.
.@official_jasher was— Cal XC/Track & Field (@CalTFXC) February 23, 2019
He's the MPSF Champ in the 60m hurdles with the fourth-fastest 60m hurdle time in school history! #EarnIt pic.twitter.com/7e9xMEQddl
Rounding out the winner quartet is redshirt junior Tyler Brendel in the Heptathalon. Brendel, whose older brother was also a Cal track-and-field athlete, clinched the grueling win with a pair of 2nd places in the pole vault and 1000m.
7⃣ Events, but only 1⃣ Champion!— Cal XC/Track & Field (@CalTFXC) February 23, 2019
Congratulations to all 4 Cal winners.
Several other Cal Bears also had a great event despite not winning the conference title.
Junior McKay Johnson breaks his own Cal record in the shot put. Junior Paramveer Chohan set a new Cal record in the 400m.
All of the Cal Athletes that have a top 16 time in the country will earn a spot in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship in two weeks in Birmingham, AL. The rest of the Cal squad will make the transition to the outdoor season.