Johnson and Garza Lead Men's Track & Field at UCSD Triton Invite
April 21, 2007
Senior Brandon Johnson made his 2007 debut in the 400m hurdles in style, winning the event with a top-10 national mark, while junior Greg Garza posted a top-five mark in the discus as both led the men's track and field team at the UCSD Triton Invitational in La Jolla.
Johnson, who has not ran a 400m hurdle race since April of 2006, won today's race in a time of 50.23. The mark is a regional qualifier and ranks seventh on the most recent national list.
Garza, who had a previous discus mark of 199-4, used the La Jolla winds to his advantage as he threw nearly a two-foot PR to finish third overall. His mark of 202-1 moves him to No. 4 all-time in Bruin history and is just over four feet shy of the junior record set by Scott Moser in 2001 (206-8).
Junior Jason Rider also had a big day in the La Jolla discus winds as he threw a lifetime-best mark of 178-7. The throw was a regional qualifier (giving UCLA six qualifed discus throwers for the regional meet) and improved on his season-best by 12 feet. Freshman Darius Savage finished seventh with a mark of 189-9.
Freshman Marlon Patterson picked up the first regional qualifier of his career, running a lifetime-best 3:47.40 in the 1500m to finish fourth. Junior Mike Haddan ran a season-best 3:48.02 to finish fifth overall.
Sophomore Kevin Craddock improved on his season-best in the high hurdles, running 14.01 to finish third overall. He was the top collegiate finisher in the hurdles.
In the steeplechase, freshman Kevin Sullivan ran a lifetime-best by over seven seconds, 9:08.11, to finish second in that event.
Freshman Stan Griffin led the sprinters with his fourth-place finish in the 200m in a time of 21.50.
Up next for the Bruins ...
UCLA will head crosstown to USC for the annual dual meet battle on Friday and Saturday of next week. The hammer competition will be contested on Friday at West LA College, with the remainder of the meet running on Saturday.
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