Cal’s Camryn Rogers achieved a major milestone Saturday when she delivered a mark of 239 feet, 9 inches at the West Coast Classic in Eugene, Oregon, to secure the Tokyo Olympics standard.
Rogers, the reigning 2019 NCAA champion, needed a throw of 72.50 meters sometime this spring to clear the standard, and she unleashed a toss of 73.09 on her first attempt of the afternoon at historic Hayward Field on the Oregon campus.
The 21-year-old from Richmond, B.C., must make the Canadian Olympic roster, but by reaching the Olympic standard she is cleared to compete in Tokyo.
“Honestly, it was shock. I was so excited but I was so surprised because from the view of the (throwing) circle and from my throw, I didn’t think it was going to hit that mark,” Rogers says in the video above.
“They announced it was 73 meters and we all just kind of stood there for a moment, frozen, and then we started cheering.”
Here’s what her mark also achieved:
— It made Rogers the No. 4 performer all-time in NCAA history. Only three college athletes have thrown farther, topped by Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen, who set the record of 244-8 while capturing the 2017 NCAA title. Rogers now trails Ewen by just 4 feet, 11 inches, and is just 1 inch behind No. 3 DeAnna Price, who went on to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
— She moved to No. 7 on the 2021 world leaders list.
— It broke her own school record that she has eclipsed countless times over the past three years. Her previous best was 71.73 meters or 235 feet, 4 inches, so Saturday's throw represented an improvement of nearly 4 1/2 feet. Rogers has thrown 21 feet farther than any other Cal woman.
Asked about possibly breaking the NCAA record, Rogers said, “It’s definitely feeling like it’s there. It is there and it’s exciting to know there are still more marks to chase. Keeping your eyes on a goal is one of the most important parts of throwing.”
Alyssa Wilson of UCLA was second at 69.58 meters or 228-3, Arizona State's Beatice Llano was third at 66.82 meters or 219-2, and Cal's Anna Purchase nabbed fourth at 63.01 meters or 206-8.
In other events at Eugene, Cal freshman Garrett MacQuiddy won the 800-meter run in a personal-best time of 1 minute, 49.97 seconds with teammate Moises Medrano third at 1:50.84. Cal’s Annie Boos captured the 3,000 steeplechase in 10:26.08
Cal split its team this weekend and at Tucson, Arizona, senior Deshae Wise won the 100 hurdles in 13.15, improving her No. 2 mark on the Bears’ all-time list.
Cal’s next competition is the Big Meet against Stanford on May 1 in Berkeley. Then Rogers will prepare for the Pac-12 Championships, May 14-15-16 in Los Angeles, the NCAA West Regionals, May 27-28-29 at College Station, Texas, and the NCAA Championships, June 9-12 back at Eugene, Oregon.
The Canadian Olympic Trials are set for June 24-27 at Montreal. The hammer throw competition at the Tokyo Olympics is set for Aug. 1 and 3.
Cover photo of Camryn Rogers by Al Sermeno, KLC fotos
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