How about that for a dramatic finish? Cal men’s track and field pulled off an upset victory over the weekend down at Stanford to claim the 125th Big Meet. Golden Bears won by the slim 85-78 margin when they claimed the final 5 points of the meet by winning the closing 4x400m relay.
Junior Paramveer Chohan was able to keep his lead going into the anchor leg to give the Golden Bears a thrilling victory.
Look at Cal shot putter but also football player Malik McMorris running with Chohan just below him at the finish line!
The entire Golden Bears contingent was fired up by that finish, and had a nice celebration in making Stanford’s Cobb Track & Angell Field a Bear Territory. This is no doubt a great way to send off retiring Cal Director of Track and Field Tony Sandoval in his final Big Meet.
While Chohan got the glory, his fellow Bears Jasher Foster, Benjamin Micallef, and Adam Saleh were able to hand him the baton ahead of Stanford’s anchor.
Other Cal Bears in other events were also instrumental in giving the Cal men this victory. Here is the full results:
TEAM: Cal 85, Stanford 78
Golden Bears won both relays (4x100m and 4x400m) and claimed victories in 100 meter, 110m hurdles, and 400m hurdles on the track. Bears are even more dominant on the field events in winning long jump, triple jump, discus, hammer, and sweeping the podium on shot put.
4 Bears, including 3 men, were able to record a top 10 in the nation results at this meet. They are Chohan in the 400m hurdles with the 8th best time in the country, junior Tuomas Kaukolahti in the triple jump with the nation’s 2nd best distance, and redshirt freshman Iffy Joyner with the nation’s 7th best discus throw.
Four Bears Rank in the Top in the NCAA!! #EarnIt— Cal XC/Track & Field (@CalTFXC) April 7, 2019
Tuomas Kaukolahti ➡️ Triple Jump ➡️ 2nd@Camryn_Throws ➡️ Hammer ➡️ 4th @Iffyj23 ➡️ Discus ➡️ 7th
Paramveer Chohan ➡️ 400m Hurdles ➡️ 8th pic.twitter.com/dg8pjmtf3m
For the Cal women, they were narrowly edged by Stanford at the same meet.
Here are their results:
TEAM: Stanford 86, Cal 74
400m Hurdles: 2. Schantell Williams, 65.24
3000 Steeplechase: 1. Annie Boos, 10:14.91
High Jump: 2. Caitlyn Bailey, 1.58m/5-2.25
Pole Vault: 5. Tess Callen, 3.26m/10-8.25
Triple Jump: 2. Windy Margerum, 11.83m/38-9.75
Canadian sophomore Camryn Rogers led the way with her school record hammer throw win that was also the nation’s 4th best distance this year. Bears also got wins in 100m, 200m, 400m, 100m hurdle, 4x100m relay, 3000m steeplechase, and discus.
Zion Corrales Nelson won both the 200m and 400m. Annie Boos won the steeplechase event and nearly surpassed her school record just set last weekend.
Congratulations to all the Bears as there are still plenty to go on the long track and field season that won’t have its conference championships or NCAA regional until early May.