A large contingent of 8 California Golden Bears will be making the trip to Austin, TX on June 5th - 8th for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. These Bears qualified this past weekend with a strong showing at the NCAA West Prelims from Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, CA. For the most part, the Cal athletes needed a top 12 finish to make the national championship.
Camryn Rogers, sophomore hammer thrower, earned a spot in the NCAA championship with a throw of 67.22m/220-6. Rogers may be considered a favorite for a rare Cal NCAA individual title with her win this past weekend; she also won the Pac-12 title a couple of weeks ago.
Silviu Bocancea, senior hammer thrower, will be making a return trip back to the NCAA Championships. Bocancea finished 16th in the country in 2018. His mark at the NCAA west prelim of 67.43m/221-2, which took 4th this past weekend, is already nearly 2 meter better than what he did at the national championship last year.
Rebecca Croft, senior mid-distance runner, will extend her collegiate career by qualifying for the 800m. Croft set a personal record that was also the 3rd best 800m run in Cal history. She will now get a chance to top that in Austin with this 10th place finish. Croft had previously qualified twice for the NCAA prelim but never qualified for the national championship.
In potentially her final race, Rebecca Croft ran a PR and the third-fastest 800m in school history and now...— Cal XC/Track & Field (@CalTFXC) May 25, 2019
SHE’S GOING TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! pic.twitter.com/E0HcjsNCOE
Iffy Joyner, sophomore discus thrower, qualifies for his first NCAA championship with a throw of 56.19m/184-4. Joyner, who held the Cal freshman record set last year, placed 6th.
Paramveer Chohan, junior hurdler, earned a spot in the 400m hurdles when his time of 50.61 is good enough for 12th place. Chohan also had a dramatic come-from-behind anchor run to clinch a Cal Big Meet win last month.
AUSTIN BOUND!!— Cal XC/Track & Field (@CalTFXC) May 25, 2019
Paramveer Chohan grabs the final time qualifying mark of 50.61 in the 400m hurdles! pic.twitter.com/s5NiuhhkgL
Misana Viltz, hurdler who is a graduate student after transferring from UCLA, finished 9th to earn a national championship spot in the 110m hurdles.
Zion Corrales Nelson, junior sprinter, set a personal record of 23.16 in the 200m to make the NCAA national championship. Although she finished 14th overall, by being 3rd in her heat was enough for an Austin ticket. Corrales Nelson also set a new Filipino national record with this run, which is pretty neat.
Tuomas Kaukolahti, the Finnish tripler jump, is back to the NCAA championship with a 5th place finish jump of 15.98m/52-5.25. The 2019 Pac-12 champ finished 18th in the NCAA outdoor championships last year. He has also qualified in both last and this years for the NCAA indoor championships.
Best of luck to all 8 Golden Bears to make Austin a Bear Territory next week.