Men's Track & Field Signs Elite Group To National Letters-of-Intent
Feb. 5, 2009
Art Venegas and the men's track and field team have signed four premier high school student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent. Joining the Bruins in the fall are Maxwell Dyce (Moorpark HS), Mason Finley (Buena Vista HS, CO), Matt Kosecki (Humble HS/TX) and Zachary Torres (Crescenta Valley HS).
Finley (6-8/330 lbs) is the No. 1 prep discus thrower in the country and is currently ranked second in the nation in the indoor shot put. He ended his 2008 season as a Track & Field News All-American and the U.S. Junior National record holder in the discus with a mark of 222-1. He was ranked eighth in the nation in the shot put last season with a top put of 65-1.75. In January, Finley tossed a lifetime-best of 68-1 in the shot put, a mark which ranks second in the U.S. this season. He is a three-sport star in football, baseball and track, but will focus solely on throwing at UCLA.
'Obviously we are so thrilled that Mason has chosen to come to UCLA,' said head coach Art Venegas. 'He is arguably one of the most sought after recruits in the throws this year and we are excited for him to join our team in the fall. With his intelligence, desire to be the best and phenomenal physical gifts, his future at UCLA is very bright.'
Kosecki (6-2/280 lbs) is one of the top three returning discus throwers in the country with a 2008 prep best of 202-3 (No. 8 in the U.S.). He earned Track & Field News All-American accolades and was the Texas Relays discus champion last season. He also has thrown 197-0 in the javelin during his sophomore season.
'Matt has incredible turnover in the middle of the throw and is a real student of the event,' noted Venegas. 'He comes from one of the most competitive states in the throws events and has worked hard to get to where he is today. He will be specializing in the discus, but could try his hand at hammer and javelin. Matt bonded extremely well with our student-athletes and brings leadership and excitement to the program.'
Dyce is one of the premier sprinters in the state and ranks as the No. 3 returning 100m runner heading into the 2009 season. He has prep bests of 10.53 in the 100m and 21.65 in the 200m. Dyce also long jumps, with a wind-aided best of 23-0, but will focus solely on the sprinting events during his senior campaign.
'Max is strictly a track guy unlike many of the sprinters in the state who also play football,' said Venegas. 'He has good leverage and coordination and will be a great addition to our relays. I anticipate great results from him in the open sprint events.'
Torres was a standout cross country performer during the 2008 season. He was the CA State runner-up last season and placed 15th at FootLocker Nationals, earning All-American accolades.
'Zack will be a great addition to our cross country team and brings experience at the national level,' noted Venegas. 'We look forward to seeing what he can do during the outdoor track season as he prepares to become a Bruin.'