Cal senior Silviu Bocancea finished ninth in the men’s hammer throw at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Austin, Texas, on Wednesday.
Bocancea earned second-team All-America honors for the second straight year.
The news wasn’t as good for two other Cal athletes competing on the first day of the meet:
— Misana Viltz was 16th overall — sixth in his heat — in the semifinals of the 110-meter high hurdles and did not qualify for the finals. He ran 13.87 seconds, and his finished also earned him second-team All-America honors.
— Paramveer Chohan placed 23rd among 25 entries in the 400 hurdles and did not advance. His time of 52.36 was far from his best of 49.80.
Bocancea had a best throw of 224 feet, 9 inches as the highest finisher among four Pac-12 Conference entries in the event. He came just short of his personal best of 225-9.
The meet continues Thursday with three more Cal entries, including Camryn Rogers, one of the favorites to win the women’s hammer throw.