Craddock, Johnson and Munguia Automatically Qualify to NCAA Championships

May 27, 2006

Three Bruins automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships on the final day of the West Region Championships in Provo, UT - Freshman Kevin Craddock, senior Martell Munguia and sophomore Michael Johnson. As a team, UCLA placed sixth (62.50 points), while USC won with 122 points.

Craddock had an impressive run in the 110m high hurdles, finishing second in 13.77 (w+1.8) to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Senior Craig Everhart also advances to the NCAA meet after finishing third in the 400m in a new season-best time of 45.61 (old best 45.78). The time will keep Everhart at the No. 8 spot in the country.

Munguia finished fifth in the 800m, edging out Stanford's Michael Garcia by .01 seconds, running a season-best 1:49.04. Munguia automatically qualifies for nationals with the finish.

The 4x400m relay team of freshman Elijah Wells, Everhart, sophomore James Rhoades and junior Tracy Session placed fifth in a season-best time of 3:07.20.

In the triple jump, sophomore Michael Johnson automatically advanced to nationals as he placed fourth overall with a mark of 51-2.75. Sophomore Dominique Easterling was sixth (51-0.25) and is now eligible for an at-large spot based on his national ranking (15th, 52-1.25) and finish today. Senior Demetre Howard finished ninth with a best jump of 50-5.25.

Senior Jeremy Silverman just missed the top-five, finishing sixth with a throw of 59-3.50. His season-best of 60-3 currently ranks 23rd and is eligible for an at-large bid to NCAA's.Senior Jake Knight finished 10th (56-9.25) overall and will wait and see if he is also given an at-large bid. His best mark of 61-3 currently ranks 19th on the national list. Sophomore John Caulfield fouled out and will not advance to the national meet despite having the 11th-best mark in the nation (63-8.25).

In all, the Bruins automatically qualified seven athletes and the 4x400m relay team for the NCAA Championships, held in Sacramento, CA June 7-10. They include - Kevin Craddock, (110mH, 2nd); Bolidzsar Kocsor (hammer, 5th); Jason Rider (discus, 4th); Joel Tuosto (long jump, 1st); Michael Johnson (triple jump, 4th); David Shortenhaus (pole vault, 5th); Martell Munguia (800m, 5th)

At large selections will be announced next week.

Final Team Standings (top-10 teams)
1. USC, 122.00 pts.; 2. BYU, 84.50 pts.; 3. Arizona, 75 pts.; 4. Washington, 71 pts.; 5. Oregon, 68 pts.; 6. UCLA, 62.50 pts.; 7. Washington State, 39 pts.; 8. Boise State, 33 pts.; 9. Stanford, 27 pts.; 10. Arizona State, 26 pts.

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