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Three Bears Earn Pac-12 Titles

Three Bears Earn Pac-12 Titles




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Rowan Hamilton (left), Skyler Magula (center) and Jeff Duensing (right) make up the first Cal men’s trio to win Pac-12 titles since 1996.


Hamilton, Magula, Duensing Win Gold; Johnson Takes Third In Decathlon

BOULDER, Colo. – California track & field posted a fantastic outing on day two of the Pac-12 Championships, with no fewer than three Golden Bears winning conference titles at Potts Field and another clinching the first podium finish of his career.
 
All three of Cal’s male hammer throwers had standout days. Michael Gupta improved his own program No. 7 mark by over two meters to 66.88m (219-5), finishing eighth to score for the Bears; meanwhile, Ivar Moisander posted a season-high 69.38m (227-7) to take fourth place. Surpassing them both, as well as the rest of the field, was collegiate leader Rowan Hamilton, whose first-round throw of 76.53m (251-1) instantly put him in a substantial lead and eventually earned him Cal’s first conference title in the men’s hammer since 1919, when Jack Merchant claimed the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) crown with a toss of 42.88m (140-8.5).
 
The Bear’s men continued to dominate in the field events for the rest of the day. Just as in the hammer, all three of Cal’s male shot putters scored – Jeff Duensing’s monstrous season best of 19.83m (65-0.75) was enough for him to claim his first career Pac-12 gold, while Nick Godbehere finished fourth at 18.28m (59-11.75) and Nik Iwankiw seventh at 17.14m (56-2.75). Skyler Magula repeated as Pac-12 Champion in the men’s pole vault with a top clearance of 5.34m (17-6.25), while Parker Terrill also scored in that contest with a fifth-place personal best of 5.09m (16-8.25). Closing out the day’s field events were decathletes Seth Johnson and Luke Buddie – Johnson totaled 7114 points to take third place overall, ending strong with wins in the javelin (56.51m/185-4) and 1500m (4:46.67), while Buddie placed fourth with 6849 points.
 
Over on the track, both Isaiah Shaw (45.85) and Josh Keller (47.03) shaved around half a second off their 400m personal bests; Shaw’s performance was enough for him to rise to No. 3 in program history and qualify him for Sunday’s final. David Foster also qualified for his own final, winning his 100m heat in…

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