Cal’s men’s track and field finishes third for its best finish since 1991

BOULDER, Colo. – Three more Golden Bears earned podium finishes and the California men posted their best finish at a conference championship since 1991 as Cal track and field bowed out of the Pac-12 Conference on Sunday at Potts Field.

As a team, the men collected 95 points to finish third overall, behind only conference champion Washington and runner-up USC. The Bears’ third-place finish wasn’t achieved until the final event of the day, the men’s 4x400m relay; it was the foursome of Isaiah Shaw, Iyan Godwin, Josh Keller and George Monroe that held off the Oregon men in fourth place and finished ahead of the Ducks relay team in seventh place in 3:10.35. Cal’s women finished tied for ninth with a total of 33 points, while Oregon took home the women’s team championship.

After a long lightning delay in the morning, the competition started with the women’s discus, where Cal’s Jasmine Blair and Caisa-Marie Lindfors earned the first two podium finishes of the day for the Bears. Blair came close to her personal best with a throw of 59.47m (195-1) to take second place in the field, while Lindfors claimed third place on 58.88m (193-2).

Senior Jai Williams achieved his highest finish yet at his last conference championships, finishing second in the high jump with a distance of 2.09 meters (6-10.25). All three of Cal’s entries scored in that event, with Riley Knott placing fourth at 2.09m (6-10.25) and Victor Ezike Jr. eighth at 2.03m (6-8).

The Bears posted four program top-10 times on the track. The women’s 4x100m relay quartet of Jada Hicks, Aysha Shaheed, Ryan Lacefield and Asjah Atkinson combined for a time of 44.56, equaling eighth-best in program history and finishing seventh overall. Shaheed followed that up with scoring performances in the 100 meters (eighth, 11.46) and 200 meters (seventh, 23.35), the latter of which her own Cal No. 4 entry increased. On the men’s side, Shaw ran a personal best in the 400 meters for the second day in a row and raced to a sixth-place finish (45.51), moving up to No. 2 in program history, while David Foster set his own program record in the 100 meters improved to 10.14. take fourth place.

Three male freshmen recorded additional scoring achievements. Jeremiah Bolaños placed seventh in the triple jump with a best jump of 14.69 m (48-2.5), while redshirt rookie Nick Godbehere placed eighth in the discus after spinning the dish 52.26 m (171-5) ; On the track, Justin Pretre kept pace with the Pac-12’s best, finishing in eighth place in 3:56.73. Fellow freshman Myla Canty also scored among the women with a sixth-place finish of 12.57m (41-3) in the triple jump. Other senior scorers included Atkinson (seventh, 13.55) and Jazlynn Shearer (eighth, 13.56) in the 100-meter hurdles, as well as Amari Turner (seventh, 4.18m/13-8.5) in the pole vault.


Men’s results (3rd place, 95 points)

100m: 4. David Foster 10.14 (Wind-Legal PR, school record)

400m: 6. Isaiah Shaw 45.51 (PR, Cal Top 2)

1500m: 8. Justin Pretre 3:56.73

5000m: 21. Carrick Denker 15:23.90

4x100m relay: – California DQ (Chase Williams, George Monroe, Mason Mangum, David Foster)

4x400m relay: 7. California 3:10.35 (Isaiah Shaw, Iyan Godwin, Josh Keller, George Monroe)

High jump: 2. Jai Williams 2.09m/6-10.25; 4. Riley Knott 2.09m/6-10.25; 8. Victor Ezike Jr. 2.03m/6-8

Triple jump: 7. Jeremiah Bolaños 14.69 m/48-2.5

Discus throw: 8. Nick Godbehere 52.26 m/171-5; 11. Charlie Dang 49.53m/162-6; 13. Nik Ivankiw 47.90 m/157-2

Women’s results (tie – 9th place, 33 points)

100m: 8. Aysha Shaheed 11.46

200m: 7. Aysha Shaheed 23.35 (PR, Cal Top 4)

5000m: 31. Georgia McCorkle 18:17.94

100m hurdles: 7. Asjah Atkinson 13.55; 8. Jazlynn Shearer 13.56

4x100m relay: 7. California 44.56 (Jada Hicks, Aysha Shaheed, Ryan Lacefield, Asjah Atkinson; tie – Cal Top 8)

Pole vault: 7. Amari Turner 4.18m/13-8.5; 9. Ali Sahaida 4.18m/13-8.5 (PR, Cal Top 4); 11. Kylie Hilton 4.08m/13-4.5

Triple jump: 6. Myla Canty 12.57 m/41-3

Discus throw: 2. Jasmine Blair 59.47 m/195-1; 3. Caisa-Marie Lindfors 58.88m/193-2; 18. Kayla Racine 43.42m/142-5; 19. Sara Pettinger 41.28m/135-5

Cal is awaiting the announcement of its selections for this year’s NCAA West Regionals, which will take place May 22-25 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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