Bruin Men This Weekend At Occidental And Modesto T & F Invitationals And Pac-10 Multi-Events In Pullman, WA

May 7, 2002

Art Venegas' UCLA men's track and field teams will compete on Saturday (May11) at the Occidental and Modesto Invitationals.

Also this weekend (May 11-12) in Pullman, WA and hosted by WashingtonState, the 2002 Pacific-10 T & F Championships will begin with thedecathlon and heptathlon competitions. The Bruin men will send seniorOctavious Gillespie and junior Andrew Phillips for the decathloncompetition, the Bruin women will not enter any heptathlon competitors.

Phillips this season has a top decathlon mark of 6763 (April 18-19) andGillespie's best season total is 6103 (March 14-15).

The 2002 Pacific-10 Championships will continue the following weekend (May18-19) in Pullman as the conference's men and women's squads compete forthe team title. Last year in Berkeley, the Bruin women won the Pac-10 titlefor the fifth consecutive time (seven total during Bolden's 8+ years) andthe UCLA men placed third. In the 1990s, UCLA men won the conferencechampionship six times (including five in a row from 1992-96), with thelast league crown coming in 1998.

Bruins Beat USC Last Saturday at Drake Stadium
Both the Bruin women and men defeated USC last Saturday (May 4) before8,094 at UCLA's Drake Stadium in the traditional dual meet between the twoschools. The Bruin women won for the 10th consecutive time, 111-92 and theUCLA men avenged last year's loss to USC, beating the Trojans 121-81.

Venegas' UCLA Bruins, rated No. 18 in the U.S., defeated USC, ranked No. 22in the nation. The Bruins won 14 events on the day. UCLA was led by seniorsScott Moser and Michael Lipscomb, each winning a pair of events.

Moser, from Huntington Beach, CA HS, started things off for the Bruin men,winning the hammer with a personal best throw of 210-111/2 (NCAAprovisional qualifier, No. 5 in school history). It was the first timesince 1992 that UCLA had won the men's hammer. Moser was also victorious inthe discus with a season best throw of 200-3 (NCAA Automatic qualifier).

Lipscomb, who prepped at West Covina, CA South Hills HS, won both the 100mand 200m in 10.41 (tied season best) and 20.5, respectively. Lipscomb alsoanchored UCLA's 4x400m relay team that won in 3:07.54.

Other Bruins contributing to the victory were Octavious Gillespie, JuauneArmon, Dan Ames, Justin Patananan, Ben Aragon, Charles Ryan, Nick Thornton,Kyle Erickson and Bryan Green. Gillespie won the javelin with a throw of209-11. In the long jump, Armon set a new UCLA sophomore class record andpersonal best with his winning mark of 26-3 (NCAA automatic qualifier, No.5 in school history). Ames won the shot put with a throw of 63-4 (19.30m).

In the 3,000m steeplechase, Patananan won in a personal best 8:59.45. Otherwinners on the track were freshman Aragon in the 1,500m, 3:49.32 (personalbest). Ryan ran a personal legal best 13.69 (No. 6 in school history) inthe 110m hurdles. In the 800m, Thornton won in 1:52.06. Erickson set a newpersonal best in the 400m hurdles improving to 49.62 (NCAA automaticqualifier, No. 4 in school history). And, senior Bryan Green, competing inhis last meet against the Trojans, won the 5,000m (14:47.95). UCLA's 4x400mrelay team of Thornton, Erickson, Marques Burrus and Lipscomb won in3:07.54.

For the Trojans, Jeff Ryan won the pole vault (16-10 1/2), David Jaworskywon the high jump (6-10 1/4), Julien Kapek won the triple jump (54-9 1/2,No. 1 on current U.S. collegiate list), Brandon Matlock won the 400m(47.68) and the 4x100m relay team of Darrell Rideaux, Sultan McCullough,Devon Ward and Wes Felix won in 39.68.

With Saturday's victory, the Bruin men have won five dual meets this seasonwithout a loss. The series record between UCLA and USC now stands at 39-30in favor of USC (the Trojans won the first 33 meets in a row, dating backto 1934; UCLA's first dual victory over USC was 1966). In 2001, USC hostedthe meet and the Trojan men defeated UCLA, 82-81, snapping UCLA's 22-meetwinning streak, dating back to 1978.

Looking Ahead
The Bruins and Trojans will continue to battle throughout the remainder ofthe 2002 outdoor collegiate season. After the Pac-10 Championships inPullman, the 2002 NCAA T & F Championships will take place May 29-June 1 inBaton Rouge, LA, hosted by Louisiana State. In 2001, the UCLA women won theNCAA Indoor title, beat USC in the dual meet and at the Pac-10, but theTrojan women won the NCAA Outdoor title, with UCLA placing second. In men'scompetition last year, USC placed second at the Pac-10 and UCLA was third.

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