For the first time since 2008, we have a Cal women’s track and field champion in an event. Sophomore Camryn Rogers, who won the Pac-12 title and then had the best throw at the NCAA West Prelims, is the 2019 NCAA Women’s Hammer Throw national champion!
Camryn Rogers is the 2019 NCAA National Champion in the Hammer Throw!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/1AuV8XNPgV— Cal XC/Track & Field (@CalTFXC) June 7, 2019
Rogers won with a throw of 71.50 meters/234 feet, 7 inches to best Indiana State’s senior Erin Reese and UCLA’s sophomore Alyssa Wilson. She set a new personal best which also doubles as a Cal record as well as a Canadian U23 record, besting her Pac-12 championship winning throw of 69.79 meters/229 feet-0 inches (which was the 3rd best throw in the country this year before today).
Check out her national championship winning throw in the tweet below. Camryn Rogers will turn 20 on Friday (June 7th), by the way.
There's nothing like a National Championship win for your Birthday! pic.twitter.com/MHazibdyzf— NCAA Track & Field (@NCAATrackField) June 7, 2019
Camryn Rogers also became the first Cal Bears to win a women’s track and field event since Katie Morgan won it in Pole Vault in 2008. The last individual Cal track and field champ was Mike Morrison with the decathlon crown in 2011 (Mike Morrison was a big time 2012 Olympic hopeful as he has a card in the Topps’ Team USA set). Cal’s last hammer throw national champion was all the way back in 1922 when John Merchant won that event (as well as shot put).
CONGRATULATIONS CAMRYN ROGERS!— NCAA Track & Field (@NCAATrackField) June 7, 2019
WOMEN’S HAMMER THROW CHAMPION! pic.twitter.com/80vc24sQe8
Congratulations to the Canadian sophomore, who hailed from Richmond, British Columbia. Rogers had a great summer in 2018 when she became the U20 World Champion in the hammer throw. Rogers was also named the top U20 Canadian Athlete, earning the Eric E. Coy Award from Athletics Canada.
The NCAA record for women’s hammer throw was set by then Arizona State athlete Maggie Ewen with 74.53 meter, last year; I would presume that Rogers still got a way to go to both make the 2020 Olympics as well as being a strong medal contender then.