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Rogers wins NCAA title on eve of 20th birthday

By Don Fennell

Published 2:05 PDT, Fri June 7, 2019

Last Updated: 3:33 PDT, Tue July 2, 2019

Camryn Rogers, NCAA champion.

Camryn Rogers, NCAA champion.

Sounds pretty good to the young Richmond athlete, who won the U.S. universities national women’s hammer throw title on the her 20th birthday Thursday in Austin, Texas.

Wearing the blue and gold of the University of California-Berkeley Bears, Rogers ended her sophomore season with an exclamation mark. Not only did she place first in the competition with a career-best 71.50 metres on her fourth throw (after opening with a personal-best 69.99 metre throw), but in doing so qualified for the 2019 world track and field championships starting Sept. 28 in Doha, Qatar. One of her teammates at that event will be fellow Richmond Kajaks Track and Field Club alum Evan Dunfee, the renowned Richmond race walker who represented Canada at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he placed fourth in the 50k with a personal-best and Canadian record three hours, 41 minutes, 38 seconds.

A 2017 graduate of McMath secondary, Rogers again rose to the occasion in Austin, where nine student-athletes set personal or season bests. It has been a pattern throughout her increasingly-impressive athletic career to be able to step up with her best under pressure.

Rogers’ 71.50 metre throw was among many records, including the seventh-best throw in NCAA history and sixth-best at a NCAA championship event. She also recorded the best mark in the U.S. this year.

Additionally, the mark was the best by a Canadian this year and the 20th-best in the world.

Rogers becomes the fifth woman in University of California-Berkeley history to win a national championship.

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