UCLA Men Defeat USC 121-81 at Drake Stadium
May 4, 2002
Los Angeles - In the annual dual meet between the UCLA Bruins, rated No. 18 in the U.S., and the USC Trojans, ranked No. 22, the Bruin men rebounded from last year's loss and came away with the 121-81 victory. In front of a crowd of 8,094, Art Venegas' Bruins won 14 events on the day. The Bruins were led by seniors Scott Moser and Michael Lipscomb, each winning a pair of events.
Moser started things off for the Bruin men, winning the hammer with a personal best throw of 210-111/2 (NCAA provisional qualifier, No. 5 in school history). It was the first time since 1992 that UCLA had won the men's hammer. Moser was also victorious in the discus with a season best throw of 200-3 (NCAA Automatic qualifier). Lipscomb won both the 100m and 200m in 10.41 (tied season best) and 20.5, respectively. Lipscomb also anchored UCLA's 4x400m relay team that won in 3:07.54.
Other Bruins contributing to today's victory were Octavious Gillespie, Juaune Armon, Dan Ames, Justin Patananan, Ben Aragon, Charles Ryan, Nick Thornton, Kyle Erickson and Bryan Green. Gillespie won the javelin with a throw of 209-11. In the long jump, Armon set a new UCLA sophomore class record and personal best with his winning mark of 26-3 (NCAA automatic qualifier, No. 5 in school history). Ames won the shot put with a throw of 63-4 (19.30m).
In the 3,000m steeplechase, Patananan won in a personal best 8:59.45. Other winners on the track were freshman Aragon in the 1,500m, 3:49.32 (personal best). Ryan ran a personal legal best 13.69 (No. 6 in school history) in the 110m hurdles. In the 800m, Thornton won in 1:52.06. Erickson set a new personal best in the 400m hurdles improving to 49.62 (NCAA automatic qualifier, No. 4 in school history). And, senior Bryan Green, competing in his last meet against the Trojans, won the 5,000m (14:47.95). UCLA's 4x400m relay team of Thornton, Erickson, Marques Burrus and Lipscomb won in 3:07.54.
For the Trojans, Jeff Ryan won the pole vault (16-10 1/2), David Jawosrky won the high jump (6-10 1/4), Julien Kapek won the triple jump (54-9 1/2, No. 1 on current U.S. collegiate list), Brandon Matlock won the 400m (47.68) and the 4x100m relay team of Darrell Rideaux, Sultan McCullough, Devon Ward and Wes Felix won in 39.68.
With today's victory, the Bruins have won five dual meets this season without a loss. The series record between UCLA and USC now stands at 39-30 in favor of USC. Next up, the Bruins will compete at the Pac-10 Championships, hosted by Washington State, in Pullman, WA. The multi-events will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12. The team championships will take place May 18-19. The NCAA Championships, hosted by Louisiana State University, will take place May 29-June1 in Baton Rouge, LA.