PULLMAN, Wash. – The California Golden Bears track & field team concluded their run at the Pac-12 Championships on Sunday at the Mooberry Track & Field Complex in Pullman, Washington, as the men’s team finished eighth overall (67.00 points) and the women placed ninth (44.50 points). The men improved upon their eighth place finish last season, while the women were ninth for the second consecutive season. The Oregon Ducks swept the Pac-12 Championships for the second consecutive season, as the men scored 163.25 points, and the women tallied 173.00 to win the team titles. Individually, Cal saw strong performances from sophomore Shelby Ashe, who PR’ed in the women’s hammer, freshman Kiare Tanner, who PR’ed in the triple jump and redshirt senior Derek White, who placed second in the men’s discus with a mark of 188-8.
“We had a number of encouraging performances during the past two days in Pullman at the PAC-12’s,” Director of track & field Tony Sandoval said on Sunday evening. “Hammed was our only individual champion, but Kelsey Santisteban, Shelby Ashe and Derek White were in position to win, but were passed late in their events. The Pac 12 is so competitive that every place is contested to the end.”
On the track, senior Angelica Weaver set a season-best in the 400-meter hurdles final and finished sixth with a time of 59.45. The women’s 4x400-meter relay team ran a season-best 3:43.99 on Sunday and finished fifth.
On the men’s side, senior transfer Milan Ristic grabbed a third place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking in with a time of 13.97. Additionally, sophomore Thomas Joyce came close to hitting his PR in the 1500-meter final, finishing in 3:45.51 (just shy of his 3:45.31 set earlier this year) and placed eighth overall. The men’s 4x400-meter relay also ran a season-best time of 3:14.93 to claim third place and close out the competition for the Bears. Cal’s relay performances at the Pac-12’s were very impressive, as following yesterday’s 4x100 time of 39.91 (best since 1987), the team finished in third on Sunday in the final with a time of 40.13.
In the field events on Sunday, Ashe set a new PR in the hammer, finishing second with a mark of 206-1, which improved her standing, ranking third on Cal’s All-Time Performers List. Tanner placed fifth in the triple jump, and moved herself into a tie for tenth on Cal’s All-Time Performers List with a leap of 41-1.50.
White, a senior from San Jose, concluded his successful Pac-12 Championship weekend with a second place finish in the discus with a mark of 188-8. White set a new PR on Saturday in the hammer, with a throw of 211-9, which ranks him third on Cal’s All-Time Performers List.
Next on tap for the Golden Bears are the NCAA Preliminary competitions in Fayetteville, Ark. from Thursday, May 29 through Saturday, May 31.
Pac-12 Championships Day 2
Mooberry Track & Field Complex/Pullman, Wash.
100-meters (final) – 7. Tom Blocker 10.67
800-meters (final) – 8. Jordan Locklear 1:52.28
1500-meters (final) – 8. Thomas Joyce 3:45.51
5000-meters – 16. J.P. Slater 14:31.69; 18. John Lawson 14:38.78
110-meter hurdles (final) – 3. Milan Ristic 13.97
400-meter hurdles (final) – 4. Randy Bermea 51.58
4x100-meter relay (final) – 3. Dan Davis, Tom Blocker, Dash Oliver, Khalfani Muhammad 40.13
4x400-meter relay – 3. Joost de Jong, Dan Davis, Jordan Locklear, Randy Bermea 3:14.93
High Jump – 3. Nick Ridge 6-11.00 (2.11m)
Triple Jump – 5. Hammed Suleman 50-7.25 (15.42m)
Discus – 2. Derek White 188-8 (57.51m); 9. CJ Nwuzi 167-11 (51.19m); 12. Brenden Song 162-0 (49.38m)
Team Scores – 1. Oregon 163.25; 2. USC 99.00; 3. Arizona 83.00; 4. Arizona State 80.75; 5. Washington 75.25; 6. Stanford 71.00; 7. UCLA 68.25; 8. California 67.00; 9. Washington State 66.50; 10. Colorado 44.00
1500-meters (final) – 6. Sydney Gray 4:24.68
400-meter hurdles (final) – 6. Angelica Weaver 59.45
Triple Jump – 5. Kiare Tanner 41-1.50 (12.53m) PR
Team Scores – 1. Oregon 176.00; 2. USC 145.00; T-3. Arizona State 75.00; T-3. Stanford 75.00; 5. Arizona 74.00; 6. UCLA 68.00; 7. Washington 53.00; 8. Washington State 46.50; 9. California 44.50; 10. Colorado 33.00; 11. Utah 23.00; 12. Oregon State 2.0