Knights Qualifies For NCAAs at West Regional
While Knights was the only the Golden Bear to qualify for the NCAA Championships on Thursday, other Bears competing in first-day action did well. In the men's 1500m, Thomas Joyce qualified for Saturday's quarterfinal race with a time of 3:51.98. California also got two more quarterfinalists in the women's 800m. Jordyn Colter placed fifth in her first-round heat with a time of 2:07.53, while Rebecca Croft placed 13th in her heat and advanced with her time of 2:08.69. The women's 800m quarterfinals will take place tomorrow.
In the field events, Cal just missed getting qualifiers in a couple of events. In the women's hammer, Ilse Kaaja ended her day in 13th place with a mark of 199-9, 60.88, missing out on qualifying by three inches. In the men's javelin, Scott Chiesa finished 14th with a season-best mark of 216-3, 65.93.
In the women's pole vault, Lauren Martinez tied for 14th with her career-best mark of 13-9.5. She technically tied for 12th place with three others, but had a miss at a lower height that cost her the opportunity to advance.
"It was a day of some very close qualifying marks to either NCAAs or the next round," director of track & field Tony Sandoval said. "Nevertheless, it's great to advance. Bethan made it with a solid effort. Jordyn and Rebecca advanced with strong finishes in the 800. All-American Thomas Joyce advanced with a strong finish for an automatic place in Saturday's quarterfinals."
The NCAA West Regional continues tomorrow and concludes on Saturday.
California Day One NCAA West Regional Results
Bethan Knights (7th, 34:41.74Q)
Men's 1500m - First Round
Thomas Joyce (12th, 3:51.98Q)
Women's 800m - First Round
Jordyn Colter (5th, 2:07.53Q)
Rebecca Croft (13th, 2:08.69q)
Scott Chiesa (14th, 65.93 / 216-3)
Ilse Kaaja (13th, 60.88 /199-9)
Destiny Parker (20th, 59.12 / 193-11)
Women's Pole Vault
Lauren Martinez (T-14th, 4.20 / 13-9.5)
Men's 400m Hurdles
Connor Meech (24th, 52.05)
Xochitl Navarrete (16th, 4:28.57)
Georgia Bell (25th, 4:32.02)
Trent Brendel (19th, 30:30.08)
Robert Brandt (DNF)