Bruins Set to Host Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational

April 11, 2007

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The No. 14/17 UCLA men's track and field team will play host to over 1000 athletes and over 25 universities, as well as a multitude of professional athletes Thursday through Saturday as they host the fifth annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational. The namesakes of the meet, Rafer Johnson and Jackie Joyner-Kersee will be in attendance on Saturday as they will be honored during the Invitational section of the meet.

It will also be the final home meet for eight seniors - Henry Hagenbuch, Brandon Johnson, Mike Landers, David Murphy, Jason Rider, Josh Rider, Tracy Session and David Shortenhaus.

The three-day meet starts off on Thursday with the first day of a heptathlon and decathlon, as well as the hammer throw competition. This is the first year that the Invite will hold a hep/dec competition. The meet also features a distance carnival on Friday night.

Nearly the entire Bruin team is scheduled to compete as freshman David Klech debuts in the 110m hurdles on Friday. Brandon Johnson, also on Friday, will open up in the 400m hurdles and will also run on the Bruin 4x400m relay on Saturday.

Freshman Darius Savage and junior Greg Garza, fresh off of throwing lifetime-best marks in the discus in Texas, will compete in the invitational discus on Saturday.

Mike Landers, the No. 1-ranked pole vaulter in the country, will also compete on Saturday in the invite section of the vault.

A special mile run will also be held on Saturday and that event will feature 2000 Olympian Michael Stember, who currently trains with distance coach Eric Peterson. For the past two years, this meet has produced at least one sub-4 minute miler and that trend will look to continue this weekend.

Several former Bruins will also be in action this weekend at Drake Stadium as Chris Staton competes in the decathlon and Yoo Kim will jump in the pole vault.

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