Cal Track and Field: Eight Golden Bears to Compete at NCAA Championships

Misana Viltz runs the 110-meter hurdle semifinals on Wednesday.Photo by Marcus Edwards, KLC fotos

Jeff Faraudo

Cal will send eight athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Austin, Texas, the Bears’ largest contingent in six seasons.

Competition begins Wednesday and runs through Saturday.

Cal most recently had as many as eight qualifiers for the NCAAs in 2013 when four individuals and a relay team participated.

Three Cal entries rank among the top-10 nationally in their event, topped by sophomore Camryn Rogers, who is seeded No. 3 in the hammer throw behind two Pac-12 rivals. But Rogers beat both Beatrice Llano of Arizona State and Alyssa Wilson of UCLA to capture the Pac-12 title and is projected by Track and Fields News to win at Austin.

Two-time Pac-12 champ Tuomas Kaukolahti is seeded fifth in the men’s triple jump and 400-meter hurdler Paramveer Chohan has the nation’s eighth-fastest time.

The meet also signals the end of a 37-year Cal coaching career by Tony Sandoval, who is retiring after this weekend.

Cal’s NCAA Track and Field Championships Qualifiers

Men’s 110 hurdles: Misana Viltz - National season ranking: No. 31 at 13.78; Top seeds are Grant Holloway, Florida, Daniel Roberts, Kentucky, both 13.07. Schedule: Semifinals on Wednesday.

Men’s hammer throw: Silviu Bocancea - National season ranking: No. 18 at 225-9; Top seed is Denzel Comenentia, Georgia, 252-0. Schedule: Finals on Wednesday.

Men’s 400 hurdles: Paramveer Chohan - National season ranking: No. 8 at 49.80; Top seed is USC Cameron Samuel, USC, 49.09. Schedule: Semifinals on Wednesday.

Women’s 200: Zion Corrales-Nelson - National season ranking: No. 45 at 23.16; Top seed is Kayla White, North Carolina A&T, 22.52. Schedule: Semifinals on Thursday.

Women’s 800: Rebecca Croft - National season ranking: No. 63 at 2:06.06; Top seed is Avi’ Tal Wilson-Perteete, UNLV, 2:02.41. Schedule: Semifinals on Thursday.

Women’s hammer throw: Camryn Rogers - National season ranking: No. 3 at 229-0; Top seed is Beatrice Llano, Arizona State, 234-4. Schedule: Finals on Thursday.

Men’s triple jump: Tuomas Kaukolahti - National season ranking: No. 5 at 54-1 3/4; Top seed is Jordan Scott, Virginia, 57-0, wind-aided. Schedule: Finals on Friday.

Men’s discus: Iffy Joyner - National season ranking: No. 16 at 193-9; Top seed is Greg Thompson, Maryland, 215-1. Schedule: Finals on Friday.


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