Three Cal Bears competed in Day 1.
Two Golden Bears earned 2nd team All-American honors.
Senior Silviu Bocancea concluded his Cal career with a 9th place overall finish in the hammer throw. This is an improvement from his 16th place finish last year.
Graduate transfer from UCLA, Misana Viltz earned a 16th place finish in the 110m hurdles.
Also competed on Wednesday was Paramveer Chohan who took 23rd place in the 400m hurdles.
Paramveer Chohan takes 23rd in the men's 400m hurdles with a time of 52.36 to earn honorable mention All-America honors. pic.twitter.com/SNPmN0q7Ga— Cal XC/Track & Field (@CalTFXC) June 5, 2019
ROLL ON YOU BEARS!
Graduation may have been weeks ago, but the 2018-19 Cal Athletics calendar year is finally winding down. We have one last events for numerous Cal Bears to vie for a NCAA national championships as 8 Golden Bears will be vying for individual NCAA national championships from Austin, Texas. Even if Cal will not be competitive for the team title, a couple of these Cal Bears may actually win an individual NCAA championship this week.
10 8 years since Cal’s last individual Track and Field NCAA title ( Martin Maric for discus in 2009 Mike Morrison for Decathlon in 2011). The last Cal women to win an individual Track and Field NCAA title was Katie Morgan in Pole Vault from 2008. In other words, the Golden Bears are due for another national champion from Track and Field.
This meet is also the last one for retiring Track and Field and Cross Country director in Tony Sandoval.
The 8 Golden Bears in action are:
On the men’s side:
Silviu Bocancea, senior hammer thrower
Iffy Joyner, sophomore discus thrower
Paramveer Chohan, junior hurdler
Misana Viltz, graduate student hurdler
Tuomas Kaukolahti, junior tripler jump
On the women’s side:
Camryn Rogers, sophomore hammer thrower
Rebecca Croft, senior mid-distance runner
Zion Corrales Nelson, junior sprinter
Bocancea will compete in hammer throw. The senior finished 16th in the country at the NCAA last year. He will start at around 3pm PT.
The semifinal races for Paramveer Chohan (400m hurdles at 7:30pm PT) and Misana Viltz (110m hurdles at 6:32pm PT) will also begin today with these Bears seeking to advance to the semifinal heats for their events.
The best chance to breakthrough with a win this week is Camryn Rogers in women’s hammer throw. She will start competition at around 3:30pm PT.
At 7:44pm PT, Rebecca Croft will race in the 800m semifinal.
The 200m semifinal for Zion Corrales Nelson is scheduled for 8:14pm PT.
Iffy Joyner will compete in discus throw starting at 6:05pm PT.
Tuomas Kaukolahti, the most experienced Cal Bears with 2 Indoor Track and Field berths and now this 2nd Outdoor Track and Field berth, will be the last Bears to start competition as the triple jump will start until 6:40pm PT.