Cal’s powerhouse rugby team roared into next week’s national championship with a 58-14 rout of Central Washington in the semifinals on Saturday at Witter Rugby Field.
The Bears (18-2) face two-time defending champion BYU (17-1) next Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City. The Cougars blanked Navy 60-0 in their semifinal.
Cal led 24-0 and was never threatened by Central Washington to set up a matchup vs. BYU in the title game for the eighth time in nine years.
BYU beat Cal 27-24 for last year’s title. The Bears topped the Cougars in five of their other seven meetings since 2006.
TRACK AND FIELD: Cal won the men’s team title at its Brutus Hamilton Challenge, led by senior Tom Blocker, whose winning time of 10.41 seconds in the 100-meter dash was a personal record and elevates him to No. 5 time on the school’s all-time list.
Blocker and football running back Khalfani Muhammad contributed to a second-place finish in the 400 relay with a season-best time of 40.25.
Sophomore Thomas Joyce was second in the Don Bowden Mile with a time of 4:00.49, which ranks No. 8 on Cal’s all-time list. Sydney Gray won the women’s Marilyn Davis mile in a personal-best of 4:22.18.
It hasn’t been a great season for the Cal baseball team, but Brenden Farney’s RBI single sparked a three-run 10th inning and gave the Bears a 7-4 win over Stanford at Sunken Diamond.
The Bears improved to 17-20 overall, 6-10 in the Pac-12.