Cal Track and Field: Three More Bears Advance to NCAA Championships

Rebecca Croft ran a lifetime best in the 800 to qualify for the nationals.Photo courtesy of Cal Athletics

Annie Boos breaks own school record in steeplechase, but does not earn top-12 finish and trip to Austin

Three more Cal athletes qualified for spots at the NCAA Track and Field Championships after Friday’s competition at the West Regional meet in Sacramento.

Senior Rebecca Croft in the women’s 800 meters, junior Paramveer Chohan in the men’s 400 hurdles and sophomore Iffy Joyner in the men’s discus all earned top-12 spots to advance to the collegiate nationals. June 5-8 at Austin, Texas.

Sophomore Annie Boos ran a school-record time of 10:10.36 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase but placed 21st and did not qualify for the nationals. She eclipsed her own Cal record of 10:14.83.

Croft ran a personal best of 2 minutes, 4.35 seconds to finish 10th in the 800 quarterfinals, giving her a spot in the semifinals at Austin. She sliced more than a second off her previous best with the No. 3 time in school history.

Chohan qualified 12th in the 400 hurdles at 50.61 and Joyner became the third Cal thrower to advance to the national after a sixth-place finish in the discus at 184 feet, 4 inches.

With the meet set to conclude Saturday, the Bears now have five qualifiers for the nationals. Hammer throwers Camryn Rogers and Silviu Bocancea advanced during Thursday’s qualifying.

(Click here for three hammer throwers who advanced to NCAA Championships.)

Three Cal athletes who competed Friday are still in the hunt for berths at the NCAA championships.

Senior Misana Viltz qualified seventh into Saturday’s quarterfinals of the 110 hurdles with a personal best of 13.78, while junior teammate Jasher Foster advanced by placing 22nd at 14.04.

Junior Zion Corrales-Nelson ran a personal-best time of 23.18 in the first round of the 200 meters to qualify 11th into the quarterfinals. Corrales-Nelson also posted a lifetime best of 11.41 in the 100-meters quarterfinals, but will not move on to Austin after placing 14th, two spots shy of qualifying.