Seniors Hakim McMorris (left) and Camryn Rogers (right) will represent Cal at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Seniors Aim To End Indoor Careers Strong
BERKELEY – The indoor season finally comes to a close this weekend for two of California track & field’s top athletes, as seniors Camryn Rogers and Hakim McMorris head to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the NCAA Indoor Championships on Friday and Saturday.
McMorris, who set the nation’s 12th-best heptathlon score of 5870 at the WSU Open, faces a tough field that includes Georgia’s Kyle Garland (NCAA-leading 6415 points) 2022 Bowerman finalist Ayden Owens-Delerme of Arkansas (6237 points) and Leo Neugebauer of Texas (6097 points). All three rank in the top 13 on the NCAA’s all-time list, with Garland and Owens-Delerme at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. At last year’s indoor championships, they placed first (Owens-Delerme), second (Garland) and third (Neugebauer).
This marks McMorris’s first time competing in the NCAA Indoor Championships and his second overall appearance on the national stage, having competed in the decathlon at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships. He currently owns three indoor program top 10 marks (heptathlon, 60m hurdles and long jump), each of which was achieved this season.
Rogers, the No. 4 seed in the women’s weight throw at 24.04m (78-10.5), will compete in a similarly elite group. Two Ole Miss throwers – No. 1 Jalani Davis (24.63m/80-9.75) and No. 3 Jasmine Mitchell (24.06m/78-11.25) – both faced off against Rogers at the 2022 indoor championships, at which Davis fouled out and Mitchell finished ahead of Rogers in second place. Minnesota’s Shelby Frank makes her indoor-championships debut with the No. 2 seed, having posted a throw of 24.14m (79-2.5) earlier this year. All three own spots on the NCAA’s all-time list, with Mitchell at No. 3, Davis at No. 5 and Frank at No. 9. Rogers herself comes in at No. 12.
This will be Rogers’ final time competing in a Golden Bear uniform following a career that established her as one of Cal’s finest-ever athletes. An accomplished international competitor, three-time national champion in the hammer throw and five-time first-team All-American heading into this weekend, she was the first Bear to ever achieve finalist status for The Bowerman, which is…
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