Garza, Landers and Ramos Lead Bruin Men at West Region Championships

May 25, 2007

Greg Garza, Mike Landers and Austin Ramos led the Bruin men at the NCAA West Region Championships in Eugene, OR as all three automatically qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in their respective events.

The Bruins stand in second-place with 29.50 points after five scored events, while Oregon leads with 37. In all, the Bruins automatically qualified three athletes to the NCAA meet, with several others set-up for at-large considerations.

Prelim Results

100m - No entries.

200m - No entries.

400m - No entries.

800m - No entries.

1500m - Marlon Patterson placed 18th overall, running 3:49.44. Laef Barnes was edged out down the stretch as he finished fourth in heat one of the 1500m in a time of 3:52.14 (20th overall).

110m Hurdles - Darius Reed ran his way into the finals of the high hurdles after posting the fourth-fastest time of the day (13.94, 2nd in heat 2).

The 2007 Pac-10 champion and No. 2 hurdler in the country, Kevin Craddock, was pulled from the meet on Friday morning. Craddock re-aggravated a hamstring injury that has haunted him all season long, and in the interest of his health, was held out of the meet. Although he is one of the top hurdlers in the country, Craddock's season has ended because one must compete at the regional meet and finish in the top-12 to be considered for a spot at the National Championships.

400m Hurdles - Brandon Johnson cruised his way into Saturday's final after easily winning heat three of the hurdles. His time of 51.16 was the second fastest time of all the heats.

Final Results

5000m - Austin Ramos ran a great race, finishing second (14:09.48) to Oregon's Galen Rupp (14:08.03), to earn an automatic bid for the NCAA meet. It is Ramos' first trip to the NCAA meet.

Pole Vault - Mike Landers finished third (17-5), giving reigning NCAA Champion Tommy Skipper of Oregon a run for his money. Landers had three misses at 18-1, and nearly cleared that height on his final attempt. He automatically qualifies for the NCAA Championships.

Chris Bencomo had a huge day, finishing in a tie for sixth-place with a huge lifetime-best jump of 17-1 (old best, 16-11.). His finish makes him eligible for an at-large bid to NCAA's. Zack Miller also had a huge day as he too cleared a lifetime-best mark of 17-1 (old best, 16-7.25) to finish 10th overall.

Dustin DeLeo finished in a tie for 13th with a lifetime-best clearance of 16-7.25 (old best, 16-6.75. David Shortenhaus also tied for 13th with a clearance of 16-7.25. David Murphy did not clear a bar.

Long Jump - No entries.

Discus - Greg Garza finished second in the disc (200-4) to earn his automatic bid to the National Championships. Jason Rider had a big day, throwing a lifetime-best 191-1 to finish sixth overall, while John Caulfield was eighth with a mark of 188-8. Both Rider and Caulfield will most likely receive at-large bids to the National Championships as Caulfield had the 17th-best mark in the nation (189-9) and Rider moved into the top-20 with his throw today.

Also in the discus, Darius Savage finished 12th with a toss of 182-6. Since Savage finished in the top-12, he is eligible for an at-large spot at the National meet. He currently ranks seventh in the country with a mark of 200-5. Josh Rider was 14th with a throw of 177-4.

Hammer - Andrew Ninow finished eighth with a throw of 204-1. With his finish, he is now eligible for an at-large bid to the NCAA meet. Those spots will be determined based off of the top six through 12-place finishers across all regions. Ninow currently ranks 26th in the nation with a mark of 207-4, and has a good chance at making Nationals.

Boldizsar Kocsor finished a disappointing 15th-place (191-8) and will not compete at the National meet.

Team Scores After 5 Events (top-10 of 16 teams)
1. Oregon, 37 points; 2. UCLA, 29.50 points; 3. Washington, 26 points; 4. Stanford, 19.50 points; 5. BYU, 14.50 points.

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