Kocsor, Taylor, Clark, Craddock and Quinn Highlight Men's Track & Field In Seattle
Jan. 31, 2009
The men's track and field team had a banner meet in Seattle as five new NCAA qualifying marks were achieved and five Bruin men tallied wins at the UW Invitational.
Sophomore outdoor All-American Johnny Quinn had a big day in the pole vault as he tied for first with a lifetime-best of 17-7. That mark ranks amongst the top-five in the NCAA this season and was the highest Quinn has ever vaulted. Senior Dustin DeLeo improved upon his NCAA mark with a season-best 17-1 to tie for third overall.
All-American Boldizsar Kocsor opened up his final indoor campaign with a win and a big NCAA qualifier of 68-5.75 in the weight throw, a mark which ranks amongst the top-10 in the country this season.
For the second consecutive meet, sophomore Bo Taylor threw 59-9.50 in the shot put as he won the event. That mark equals his lifetime-best.
Another event winner for the Bruins was sophomore Jonathan Clark who won the triple jump with a leap of 59-4.75. He was just 4 centimeters shy of a provisional qualifier. Junior Kevin Craddock won the 60m hurdles in his first indoor race since the 2007 season. His time of 7.93 was just .02 seconds shy of a provisional qualifier.
Sophomore Cory Primm picked up a provisional qualifier in the 800m as he ran a season-best 1:50.17. The DMR team of Marlon Patterson, Elijah Wells, Primm and Laef Barnes ran a provisional qualifier of 9:37.95 on Friday evening to wrap up UCLA's NCAA qualifiers for the meet.
Other performances of note include Patterson's run in the mile where he finished 14th with a big lifetime-best run of 4:05.62. In the 3000m, senior Kyle Shackleton (8:10.97), senior Drew Shackleton (8:13.90), junior Alex Crabill (8:13.15) and junior Marco Anzures (8:16.39) all ran lifetime-bests.
The men's team will head to Lincoln, NE next weekend for the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational.