Caulfield, Craddock and Johnson Post Individual Wins in New Mexico
Jan. 20, 2007
The No. 14 UCLA men's track and field team had a successful day of competition at the Modrall Sperling Invitaional in Albuquerque, NM as three Bruins posted individual wins, while the team tallied four NCAA provisional qualifers during the meet. The Bruins finished seventh overall in team scoring with 56 points.
Sophomore Kevin Craddock followed up an impressive first day of competition on Friday with a win on Saturday in the 60m hurdles in a time of 7.89. The time was a provisional qualifier, but Craddock had a faster prelim time on Friday, running 7.82 in just the first indoor meet of his career at UCLA.
Junior John Caulfield also notched a provisional qualifier with his win in the shot put on a throw of 60-8. Junior Michael Johnson also posted a provisional qualifer, winning the triple jump with an indoor lifetime-best leap of 51-3.75 (previous lifetime-best, 50-6.75).
Fellow junior Dominique Easterling picked up the fourth and final NCAA qualifier of the meet for the Bruins with his provisional jump of 50-8.75 in the triple jump, also an indoor lifetime-best (previous best, 50-3.50) to finish third overall.
Freshman Darius Reed finished fourth in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.02. Reed ran a season-best 8.00 in the prelims on Friday.
In another racing final freshman Stan Griffin finished seventh in the 60m with a time of 6.94. He ran a season-best 6.92 in the prelims on Friday. Griffin also led the Bruins in the 200m with a 10th-place finish in a time of 21.88. Sophomores Alex Pearlstone (22.45) and Garland West (22.69) finished 13th and 15th, respectively.
In the 400m, sophomore Elijah Wells led a foursome of Bruins competing, finishing 17th in a time of 48.48. Juniors James Rhoades and David Shipp finished 24th (49.54) and 25th (49.86), respectively, while freshman David Klech was 33rd (51.52).
Super-frosh Darius Savage made his UCLA debut in the shot put on Saturday, finishing fourth with a throw of 55-0.25. Savage has only been training with the track team for a few weeks as he spent the entire fall season with the football team. Junior Greg Garza, also competing in the shot put, finished sixth overall with a throw of 53-6.25.
The men's track and field team will next travel to Seattle, WA for the UW Indoor Invitational next weekend as they continue the indoor season.
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