Bruin Men Take Home Cal/Nevada Track & Field Team Title
March 31, 2007
Highlighted by some very impressive performances, the UCLA men's track and field took home the Cal/Nevada team title on Saturday, defeating the nearest team by 131 points. The Bruins had seven individual event wins highlighted by Greg Garza's win in the discus. The junior threw the No. 3 mark in the nation this season with a seven-foot lifetime-best throw of 197-1. The mark puts him just outside of UCLA's all-time top-10.
The Bruins won the meet with 242 points, as Cal State Fullerton was second with 111 points.
Sophomore Kevin Craddock, who was not scheduled to run the hurdles this weekend, won the title on Saturday with a regional qualifying time of 14.08. Freshman Darius Reed improved on his lifetime-best to finish second to Craddock, running 14.09.
In the hammer, sophomore Boldizsar Kocsor improved on his regional qualifier as he threw a season-best 211-5 to win that event. Junior John Caulfield also picked up a win on Saturday as he threw 58-3 to win the shot put.
Senior Brandon Johnson, competing in an unusual event for the All-American hurdler, the 800m, won the two-lap race in a lifetime-best time of 1:50.85. His time was just .45 seconds shy of the regional standard.
In the triple jump, junior Michael Johnson picked up his regional qualifier as he finished third with a mark of 50-9.50.
Freshman Darius Reed had a huge lifetime-best and regional qualifying performance in the discus as he improved by eight feet to finish second overall (181-11). Nick Robinson also threw a lifetime-best and regional qualifying mark of 169-7.
Other finals results - Stan Griffin, 6th in the 100m (10.81) and 3rd in the 200m (21.60); Alex Pearlstone, 7th in the 100m (10.95) and 8th in the 200m (22.59); Brandon Smith, 7th in the 200m (22.37); Elijah Wells, 2nd in the 400m (47.99); James Rhoades, 3rd in the 400m (48.22); Cade Lindahl, 9th in the 400m (49.33); Tracy Session, 5th in the 400mH (53.45/season-best); David Klech, 7th in the 400mH (55.33); Marco Anzures, 2nd in the steeple (9:30.83); Kevin Sullivan, 4th in the steeple (9:38.43); 4x100m relay, 4th (41.35); 4x400m relay, 2nd (3:12.75/season-best); Luke Barr, 2nd (tie) in the high jump (6-10.75); Michael Johnson, 5th in the long jump (22-1.75); Alex Pearlstone, 8th in the long jump (21-9.50); Steven Taylor, 6th in the triple jump (46-10.75); Jason Rider, 4th in the discus (172-9); Josh Rider, 6th in the discus (166-6/season-best); Chris Burbach, 5th in the javelin (194-5).
Final Team Standings (top five of 20 teams)
1. UCLA, 242 points; 2. Cal State Fullerton, 111 points; 3. Fresno State, 85 points; 4. UC Davis, 79 points; 5. Cal State LA, 42 points.
Up in Palo Alto at the Stanford Invitational, junior Mike Haddan finished 17th in the top section of the 1500m, running a season-best 3:50.23. Sophomore Laef Barnes, running in the B section of the 1500m, placed 20th in a time of 3:52.32.
The Bruins will head to the Texas Relays in Austin next weekend for one of the biggest meets of the year. UCLA has not competed in Austin since the 2004 season.