Cal Track and Field: Hammer Thrower Nabs 9th Place at NCAA Meet

Silviu Bocancea earned second-team All-America honors for the second straight season

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.

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