Men's 4x100 Relay Win First Pac-10 Title Since 1998
May 17, 2009
For the first time in 11 years, the Pac-10 4x100m relay crown belongs to the Bruins as the foursome of Jamal Alston, Karlton Rolle, Stan Griffin and Brandon Smith edged out crosstown rival USC for the title at the Pac-10 Championships in Eugene, OR to highlight the men's squad. The men finished fifth with 90 points, while Oregonw on with 158 points.
The Bruin men started day two of the Pac-10 Championships with a bang us the 4x100m relay team of Jamal Alston, Karlton Rolle, Stan Griffin and Brandon Smith took first, edging out crosstown rival USC down the stretch.
Griffin surged ahead of USC on the final curve and handed off to Smith, who put it in another gear to reach the tape first in a time of 39.77 (USC ran 39.89). Today's win was UCLA's first Pac-10 4x100m crown since 1998. UCLA has won the 4x100m relay title seven times since the inception of the meet in 1976.
Alston then came back and had a huge run in the 100m as he posted a season-best and regional qualifying time of 10.52 for fifth-place overall. That time is just .01 seconds shy of his lifetime-best (10.51) and bettered his previous season-best mark of 10.58. He ran a wind-aided 10.47 in the prelims on Saturday.
The Bruins have dipped below 40 seconds the last three times they have ran - at USC (39.71), Pac-10 prelims on Saturday (39.99) and today (39.77).
Smith also finished seventh in the finals of the 200m, running 21.68.
Sophomore Taylor Hobson finished third in the high jump with a clearance of 6-11.75, while Clark finished sixth with a mark of 6-8.75. Clark had a big day in the triple jump as he finished third with a lifetime-best and improved regional mark of 51-9.25. That betters his previous PR of 51-5.75 and his season-best mark of 51-3.
In a tightly contested 800m, sophomore Cory Primm held on for third-place, running 1:50.36 to pick up six points for the Bruins.
Sophomore Kent Morikawa picked up three points with his sixth-place finish in the 5000m as he ran a lifetime-best 14:12.91. He was less the one second shy of the regional standard in the event.
Bo Taylor threw a season-best and improved regional qualifier of 176-8 in the discus to finish eighth overall, picking up a point for the Bruins.
100m - 5. Jamal Alston, 10.52
200m - 7. Brandon Smith, 21.68
400m - no entries
800m - 3. Cory Primm, 1:50.36
1500m - no entries
110mH - no entries
400mH - no entries
4x100m - 1. Alston, Rolle, Griffin, Smith (39.77)
4x400m - 7. Wells, Griffin, Primm, Rolle (3:12.14)
Final Team Scores
1. Oregon, 158
2. USC, 117
3. Stanford, 93
4. Washington State, 91
5. UCLA, 90
6. Arizona State, 87
7. California, 66
8. Arizona, 64
9. Washington, 52
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