UCLA Men's T & F Newcomers For 2003
Oct. 16, 2002
Matt Bruno, Fr., Sprints, Mission Viejo (Trabuco Hills)
One of the top young sprinters in the nation, Bruno last summer earned a spot on the U. S. 4 X 100m relay at the World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica. At the U. S. Juniors, held last June at Stanford, Bruno placed third in the 100m (10.45, legal personal-best) and fourth in the 200m (21.80). At the 2002 CA State meet, Bruno won both sprints (100m, 10.55; 200m, 20.82, personal-best). He scored all 20 of Trabuco Hills points as the Mustangs placed third in the team State standings. Bruno was selected as the Los Angeles Times Southland Male Track & Field Athlete of the Year. As a junior in 2001, Bruno was third in the 100m (10.62) at the State meet. Has run a wind-aided 10.33 100m.
Erik Emilsson, Soph., Distances, Bjarred, Sweden
A contributor this fall on the UCLA cross country team, Emilsson is a transfer from Tulane. This summer, he qualified for the 1500m final at Sweden's National Championships. At Tulane last fall as a freshman in cross country, Emilsson earned All-District honors after finishing 20th at the NCAA South Central Regional with a time of 31:17 on the 10k course. Also an All-Conference USA selection after finishing 11th and helping the Green Wave to the league title with a 24:20.0 8k mark. As a prepster in Sweden, Emilsson represented the Swedish National team and also made three appearances with the Junior National squad.
Craig Everhart, Fr., Sprints, Tacoma, WA (Davis HS)
Everhart's senior prep campaign was slowed last Spring because of a hamstring injury. But as a junior in 2001, he became the first high school athlete in WA State history to win all three sprints at the State meet. His 47.09 in the 400m was the No. 5 mark in the U. S. in 2001 among 11th graders. Everhart placed sixth in the 400m (47.76) at the Golden West Invitational in Sacramento. As a sophomore in 2000, his 47.33 in the 400m was No. 3 in the U. S. among 10th graders.
Michael Landers, Fr., Pole Vault, Merced (Golden Valley)
One of the nation's top young vaulters, Landers last spring placed second (16-1) at the CA State meet, second (16-0) at the Golden West Invitational in Sacramento and finished fourth (15-9) at the U. S. Junior Championships. As a junior in 2001, Landers won the pole vault at the CA State meet and his winning vault of 16-3 was the No. 2 high school junior mark in the U. S.
David Murphy, Fr., Pole Vault, Arroyo Grande HS
Last Spring, Murphy set a lifetime best of 16-0 winning the vault at the Stanford Invitational. He was second (15-8) in the CIF-Southern Section Masters meet and placed third (15-6) at the CA State meet. Also competed at the 2002 U. S. Junior meet. Murphy was a first-team Los Angeles Times track & field selection.
Justin Nelson, Fr., Jumps, Murrieta Valley HS
Nelson, for the second year in a row, placed second (6-9) last spring in the high jump at the CA State meet. He placed fourth (6-8) at Arcadia and was second (6-8) in the CIF Div. I final. Placed third (6-6) at the CIF-Southern Section Masters. A 2002 first-team Los Angeles Times Southland track & field selection, as a junior in 2001 Nelson placed second (6-10) in the high jump at the CA State meet.
Brian Ruziecki, Fr., Throws, Huntington Beach HS
At the 2002 CA State meet, Ruziecki placed fifth (58-11) in the shot put and eighth (171-10, 174-2 in qualifying) in the discus. At the CIF-SS Masters meet, Ruziecki was seventh (58-4) in the shot put and fifth (165-5) in the discus. He won the CIF Div. I shot put (59-9.50) and was second (178-2) in the discus. At Arcadia, Ruziecki was fifth (59-3) in the shot put and third (181-9) in the discus. A 2002 Los Angeles Southland second-team Track & Field selection, Ruziecki's personal-best high school marks were 61-9 and 191-6.
David Shortenhaus, Fr., Throws, Walnut Creek (Las Lomas HS)
A multi-talented athlete in high school Shortenhaus competed in water polo, basketball and track & field. He's a redshirt freshman this fall on the Bruin men's water polo team. As a junior in 2001, he placed second (183-1, No. 7 in CA) in the discus at the CA State meet.
Chauncee Smith, Fr., Sprints, San Diego (University City HS)
A pulled hamstring last spring limited his senior season, but Smith did run a seasonal best 10.80 in the 100m. He placed eighth (11.12) at Arcadia in the 100m and sixth (22.19) in the 200m. Smith was third (10.98) in the San Diego Div. II 100m and led University City to a first-place (41.54) finish in the 4 X 100m relay. As a junior in 2001, Smith ran season-bests of 10.83 and 21.70.
Matt Willis, Fr., Hurdles, Anaheim (Servite HS)
A first-team All-Orange County soccer player, Willis last spring developed into one of the nation's top high school hurdlers. A Los Angeles Times Southland first-team Track & Field selection, Willis at the 2002 U. S. Junior meet placed seventh (54.93, 54.15 qualifying) in the 400m hurdles. He placed sixth (53.63, personal-best) in the 400m hurdles at the adidas Outdoor Championships in Raleigh, NC. In the 300m hurdles, Willis finished second (37.79, personal-best) at the CIF-SS Masters Championships and second (37.86) at the CA State meet.
*Statistics researched by Bruce Tenen