Sunday, April 02, 2017

Bethan Knights Leads Cal At Stanford Invite

Bethan Knights Leads Cal At Stanford Invite
Bethan Knights ran the No. 3 10,000-meter time in school history Friday (

Bethan Knights Leads Cal At Stanford Invite

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STANFORD – Bethan Knights ran the third-fastest women's 10,000 meters in school history and Cal picked up victories by Lauren Martinez in the women's pole vault and Malik McMorris in the men's collegiate discus to highlight the Golden Bears' performances at the Stanford Invitational Friday.

Knights finished her raced in 33:31.25, which stands behind only Deborah Maier (32:12.47, 2012) and Kirsten O'Hara (32:40.76, 1985) all-time at Cal. Knights, who placed 10th in the invitational race, improved her personal best by over 45 seconds.

Martinez cleared 13-3.00 to earn her win. She was perfect on her first three attempts to get her up to 13-3, but missed at 13-7. Allison Jeffries of Boise State also reached 13-3, but took second place due to having more misses leading up to the height.

McMorris paced at 1-2-3 Cal finish in the discus. He finished with a best of 174-8 and was followed by Brenden Song (173-10) and McKay Johnson (168-0).

Ashtyn Davis had an active afternoon. First, he posted the fastest qualifying time for Saturday's men's 110-meter hurdles final, going 13.97 seconds. Then he qualified for the 100-meter final with a time of 10.72 and later took sixth in the ultimate race in 10.82. Teammate Diab Davis was seventh in 10.84.

In the women's 100 meters, Jayla Scholis lowered her prelim time to a wind-aided 11.86 to claim fifth in the final, with Jackie Patterson coming through in eighth in 11.97w.

Marissa Williams improved her PR in the women's 5000 meters and her time of 16:06.86, which placed her third in her section, moved her up to eighth on Cal's all-time performer list.

Destiny Johnson continued her impressive spring season in the women's hammer. She finished second overall, but was the top collegian with an effort of 195-4. Ilse Kaaja was not far behind, tying for fourth at 189-0.

In addition to the competition at Stanford, the Bears sent a handful of student-athletes to the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. Xochitl Navarrete was Cal's top finisher, winning her section and taking fourth overall in the women's 5000 meters in 16:38.43.

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