Savage Wins USATF Junior Nationals Discus Crown
June 21, 2007
Freshman Darius Savage capped off his first year of UCLA track and field with a win as the two-sport athlete won the discus competition at the USATF Junior National Championships in Indianapolis, IN. Savage's winning throw of 200-7 was over seven feet further then the nearest competitor.
With the win, Savage qualified to be a member of Team USA at the PanAm Junior Games. However, Savage's first year with the track team has come to a close as he will return to the football team to focus on the fall season.
Fellow freshman Nick Robinson had a strong day in the shot put as he finished second with a mark of 61-4.25, earning him a spot on the USA PanAm Junior team. Robinson was also fourth in the discus with a throw of 181-4 (lifetime-best with the junior weight).
Also at the Junior meet, freshman Darius Reed placed sixth in the high hurdles (13.79). He was the No. 4 qualifer out of the prelim rounds with a time of 13.67. In the steeple, Marco Anzures was fourth overall in a time of 9:25.95, while Jake Matthews was dq'd for a lane violation (he would have placed third overall).
Incoming freshman and national leader in the 800m, Cory Primm, won his heat while posting the fourth-fastest time of the day in the prelims of that event (1:51.09). He will run in the final of the 800m on Friday.
In the Senior section of the meet, 2007 NCAA runner-up Brandon Johnson, won heat three and ran the fourth-fastest time of the day (50.04) to advance to Friday's semifinal round.
Craig Everhart finished 24th overall and fifth in heat five of the 400m, running 46.51.
More results to follow.