Sunday, May 28, 2017

Knights Qualifies For NCAAs at West Regional

Knights Qualifies For NCAAs at West Regional
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Bethan Knights Qualified For The NCAA Championships In The 10,000 Meters

Knights Qualifies For NCAAs at West Regional

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AUSTIN - Bethan Knights punched her ticket to Eugene, Ore., on Thursday in the first day of the NCAA West Regional from Austin, Texas. Knights qualified for the NCAA Championships with her seventh-place finish in the 10,000 meters, clocking in at 34:41.74.

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

Women's 10,000m
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)

Men's Javelin
Scott Chiesa (14th, 65.93 / 216-3)

Women's Hammer
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)

Women's 1500m
Xochitl Navarrete (16th, 4:28.57)
Georgia Bell (25th, 4:32.02)

Men's 10,000m
Trent Brendel (19th, 30:30.08)
Robert Brandt (DNF)

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