Bruin Men Open Up Outdoor Track & Field Season With Strong Performances

March 7, 2009

The men's track and field team opened up the outdoor season with several strong performances on Saturday at the Ben Brown Invitational in Fullerton as sophomore Taylor Hobson led the way with a regional qualifier in the high jump. Hobson cleared 6-10.75 to tie for second overall and also finished fourth in the long jump with a mark of 23-0.

Redshirt freshman Mark Weber was the only individual to post a win during the meet as he tossed a lifetime-best 53-10.50 to win the shot put. Weber was also fourth in the discus with a personal-best throw of 164-9.

The 4x400m relay team also notched a win as they clocked 3:13.90. Freshman sprinter Karlton Rolle finished second in the 200m (21.51) and tied for eighth with junior teammate Brandon Smith in a time of 10.78.

Sophomore Brian Law was third in the 400m hurdles (54.26), while the 4x100m placed second in a time of 41.13.

The Bruin threesome of senior Kyle Shackleton (3:51.12), junior Marco Anzures (3:51.81) and senior Drew Shackleton (3:54.53) finished 2-3-4 in the 1500m as Anzures led for most of the race. In the 5000m, senior Laef Barnes finished fifth in a time of 14:21.05.

In field event action, freshman Nelson Rosario placed fifth in the long jump (22-8.50). Sophomore Jonathan Clark was just .75 inches shy of the regional mark in the triple jump with his third-place mark of 49-1.75. Junior Andreas Drbal was just a couple of feet shy of his personal-best in the javelin, finishing second with a mark of 185-4.

For event by event results, click here.

UW Last Chance Qualifier
Up in Seattle, several Bruins were in action in an attempt to improve upon their NCAA marks, but no improvements were made. Senior Dustin DeLeo and sophomores Casey DiCesare and Greg Woepse tied for second in the pole vault with equal clearances of 17-0. That height was a career-best for DiCesare. Sophomore Nick Robinson won the shot put (59-5), while teammate Bo Taylor was second (58-10).

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