Bears reach double-digit day one finishes
Cal Track & Field Concludes WSU Open & Invitational Saturday
WSU Open Results
SPOKANE, WASHINGTON –
Cal’s Athletics began its first multi-day session of 2022 with an impressive performance on day one of the WSU Open & Invitational, compiling a total of 10 Top 3 finishes at the end of a long day at the Podium in Spokane, Washington. Although the team saved the bulk of its competition for Saturday’s slate, many Bears managed to set the tone and stand out from the crowd.
On the women’s side, the top four spots in the 60m competition were grabbed by runners from Cal. Senior Ezinne Abba won first place with her time of 7.52, while her classmate Jenea Spinks followed just behind at 7.55. In third came yet another senior in Maisie Stevens with a time of 7.58; she was closely followed by a freshman Aysha Shaheed, who notched fourth place and a final time of 7.62 in his college debut. Shaheed qualified for the final after winning her preliminary run in 7.56, tied for the ninth best time in school history. Two Cal sprinters posted personal bests in the women’s 200 while finishing in the top 10: rookie Aly Conyers with his sixth place in 25.17 and his second year Ryan Lacefield with a 10and-place 25.51.
For the 60m men, junior Christian Catlin led the pack with his first time of 6.87, while freshman Aiden Lippert nearly kept pace with a second place (and personal best) 6.88. Second year George Monroe also qualified for the final, claiming fifth place with a time of 7.02.
A few of Cal’s women also competed in the field events on Friday, quickly dominating the competition. Junior Asha Fletcher entered the long jump and posted a personal best 5.80m (19-0.5), tied for eighth in the Pac-12 and good for first place in the meet. Can’t wait to join her at the top of the ranks, senior Felicia Renelus made his California debut with a third-place finish at 5.52m (18-1.5). Meanwhile, in the shot put competition, a fellow senior Camryn Rogers set the pace early and put an exclamation mark on the night with a best lift of 21.97m (72-1), more than a yard more than second. The two second-year students Rebecca Toman and junior Anna Purchase improved their ratings from the last meeting, with Tomann remaining in sixth place in the Pac-12 with his throw of 17.33m (56-10.25) and Purchase standing in eighth place in the conference with a throw of 17 .20 m (56-5.25 ).
60m hurdles: 7. Di’Niko Bates 9.65
60m race: 1. Christian Catlin 6.87; 2. Aiden Lippert 6.88 (RP); 5. George Monroe 7.02; 14. Kamau Carlisle 7.04 (preliminaries); David Foster 6.89 (qualifier)
200m sprint: 10. Samir Thota 22.07; 12. Isaiah Shaw 22.16 (PR); 18. Henry Larkin 22.51
60m hurdles: 1. Jazlynn Shearer 8.44; 2. Jordyn Grady 8.72 (8and Calibration history)
60m race: 1. Ezinne Abba 7.52; 2. Jenea Spinks 7.55; 3. Maisie Stevens 7.58; 4. Aysha Shaheed 7.62; 17. Jahzara Richardson 7.91
200m sprint: 6. Aly Conyers 25.17 (RP); ten. Ryan Lacefield 25.51 (PR)
Long jump: 1. Asha Fletcher 5.80m/19-0.5 (T8th Pac-12) (PR); 3. Felicia Renelus 5.52m/18-1.5
Shot put (WSU Invitational): 1. Camryn Rogers 21.97m/72-1; seven. Rebecca Toman 17.33m/56-10.25 (6and Pac-12); 8. Anna Purchase 17.20m/56-5.25 (8and Pac-12)
The Bears remain in Spokane for another day as they take on the bulk of the WSU Invitational, the first event of which is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. PT.
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