Hobson Has Huge Career Day In The Jumps At The UCLA Invitational

April 4, 2009

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Sophomore Taylor Hobson had a huge career day in the jumps on Saturday to lead the Bruin men at the 2009 UCLA Invitational as he won the long jump and tied for first in the triple jump.

Hobson came into the meet with previous lifetime-bests of 43-10 in the triple and 23-9.50 in the long jump and surpassed those marks on Saturday in impressive fashion. Hobson first won the long jump with a regional mark of 24-4.50 and then shattered his triple jump mark as he posted a regional qualifier of 51-2.75. He is now qualified for the West Region Championships in the high, long and triple jump events.

Sophomore Johnny Quinn improved upon his regional mark in the pole vault as he cleared a season-high 17-1 to win the event.

Also posting wins during the meet were Scott Crawford in the 800m (season-best, 1:51.33), Jake Matthews in the steeple (regional qualifer, 9:02.42), Brian Law in the 400m hurdles (54.33) and Andreas Drbal in the javelin (188-8)

The 4x100m relay team of Stan Griffin, Karlton Rolle, Jamal Alston and Brandon Smith finished second with a regional and seasonal best mark of 40.49.

Thomas Nagengast threw a lifetime-best and improved regional qualifier of 172-7 in the discus, finishing second overall.

Greg Garza and John Caulfield, 2008 graduates, opened up their outdoor season at the meet as Caulfield won the shot put (58-10.25) and Garza won the discus (186-1).

The Bruins will next host the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational April 9-11 for the final home meet of the year.

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