Barnes Wins 5000m to Lead Bruin Men at RJ/JJK Invite on Friday
April 13, 2007
Sophomore Laef Barnes, who is primarily a 1500m runner, bumped up to the longer 5000m distance on Friday night during the distance carnival at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational and won, dropping over a minute off his previous lifetime-best mark. Barnes ran 14:17.35, coming up just five and a half seconds shy of the regional mark.
In the triple jump, junior Michael Johnson jumped a season-best 51-0.75 to improve on his regional qualifying standard. The jump also ranks as one of the top-15 marks in the country this season.
In the 1500m, freshman Marlon Patterson ran a lifetime-best 3:50.28 to finish second overall. The mark is just three seconds shy of the regional qualifying standard (3:47.80).
Freshman Nick Robinson also had a strong showing on Friday as he finished third in the discus with a lifetime-best throw of 171-1. The mark was a regional qualifier and improved on his previous best of 169-7.
Two freshmen Bruins ran lifetime-bests in the steeplechase on Friday evening as Marco Anzures finished third in a time of 9:14.49 and Kevin Sullivan was fifth, running 9:15.55. Both men knocked nearly 15 seconds off of their previous lifetime-best marks.
Competition continues on Saturday with the invitational section of the meet. One heat or flight of each event will be contested, while a special recognition ceremony for the seniors and the namesakes of the meet, Rafer Johnson and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, will also be held during the meet.