UCLA Competes Saturday At CA-AZ Challenge in Tucson, AZ

April 1, 2002

CA-AZ Challenge Results Posted on www.arizcats.com.

Art Venegas' UCLA men's track & field team competes Saturday (April 6) at the California-Arizona Challenge in Tucson, AZ and hosted by the University of Arizona at the Roy P. Drachman Track & Field Stadium. The meet will start at 9 a.m. PT and conclude at 1:35 p.m. PT.

Along with UCLA, also competing will be Stanford, Northern Arizona and host Arizona. To create the 'Challenge', UCLA and Stanford will combine team scores (to form Team California) and Arizona and Northern Arizona will combine team scores (to form Team Arizona). Scoring will be 5-3-2-1 for individual events and 5-3-2-1 for relays.

Bruins Win Cal/Nevada Championships
Last weekend (March 29-30), UCLA won its second invitational of the 2002 collegiate season, taking the team title at the Cal-Nevada Championships, hosted by Fresno State. The Bruins ran away with the team title (204 points) and Venegas was named the Cal-Nevada Men's Coach of the Year. During the recently concluded indoor season, UCLA won the MPSF Championships and Venegas was named the MPSF Indoor Men's Coach of the Year.

At Cal-Nevada, the Bruins were paced by nine first-place individual event finishes. On the track, the winning Bruins were - senior Michael Lipscomb in the 200m (21.09, season outdoor legal best), sophomore Charles Ryan in the 110m hurdles (14.01, ties season outdoor best), junior Kyle Erickson in the 400m hurdles (50.60, season-best, NCAA provisional qualifier), senior Andrew Wulf in the 3000m steeplechase (9:08.79) and UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (Ryan, Lipscomb, Thornton, Erickson- 3:09.67). In the field, UCLA's winners were - junior Kevin Weaver in the high jump (7-0 1/2, personal-best), senior CJ Bell in the men's pole vault (17-0 3/4, personal-best), sophomore Dan Ames in the shot put (63-10 1/4, ties personal-best, NCAA automatic qualifier) and senior Scott Moser in the discus (197-4, season best, NCAA automatic qualifier). Ames was also second in the discus (190-10, he had a season-best 191-5, NCAA provisional qualifier, during prelims) and Moser was second in the hammer (205-0, personal-best, NCAA provisional qualifier).

Looking Ahead
After this weekend's CA-AZ Challenge, the Bruins will return home to Drake Stadium for their second home meet of the 2002 outdoor season. On Saturday, April 13 at Drake, the Bruins will host BYU and CS Northridge. Following that competition, UCLA will have one final home meet remaining, hosting archrival USC on Saturday, May 4.

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