Cal track and field individuals shine at Pac-12 Championships

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There is no “I” in “team,” but there is an “I” in “champion.” While the Cal track and field men’s and women’s teams couldn’t put together group victories at the Pac-12 Championships, a couple individuals managed to claim the title of best in the conference.

The Bears traveled to Stanford last weekend, where the men took sixth place overall while the women took eighth.

Junior Lauren Martinez took first in the pole vault with her mark of 4.27 meters — she also claimed a school record along the way.

The next Bear to own the top tier of the podium was sophomore Tuomas Kaukolahti in the triple jump event. Kaukolahti’s mark of 16.06 meters was his best of the season, and he soared past the competition by securing a 15.25-inch lead.

Sophomore McKay Johnson just missed the conference title in the shot put event but notched an impressive second place with a throw of 19.65 meters.

Aside from the top one and two finishers, Cal also saw several of its athletes claim third place honors. These include seniors Peter Simon and Ashley Anderson, who exemplified their veteran presence in the shot put and triple jump events, respectively.

Additional third placers included junior Takeshi Okada in the 3000 meter steeplechase and graduate student Amarie Bremel in the discus. Bremel notched her teammate out of third place with a career-best throw of 53.18 meters.

Considering the immense talent throughout the Pac-12, Cal has nothing to hang its head about after the conference championships. The NCAA West Region Championships kick off May 24 in Sacramento.

Christie Aguilar is the sports editor. Contact her at [email protected].