Gillespie Places Seventh at Pac-10 Decathlon

May 12, 2002

This weekend (May 11-12) the UCLA women and men's track & field teamscompeted at the Modesto and Occidental Invitationals.

Also this weekend in Pullman, WA, Washington State hosted thePacific-10 Heptathlon and Decathlon Championships. For the Bruin men,senior Octavious Gillespie placed seventh in the decathlon, with 6,765points, picking up two points for Art Venegas' UCLA men's team. Alsocompeting for the Bruins in the conference decathlon meet was junior AndrewPhillips, placing 10th with 6,464 points. The Bruin women did not have anentry in the heptathlon (Washington State's Ellannee Richardson won theevent, with 5,821 points).

The 2002 Pac-10 T & F team championships will continue next weekend(May 18-19) in Pullman.

Bruin Men At Pac-10 Decathlon in Pullman, WA
Gillespie's point total of 6,765 points was a season-high. Hisevent-by-event results were ' Day One (Saturday, May 11, 3,571,season-best) - 11th best mark in the 100m (11.79, -1.0w, 693 points),second in the long jump (season-best 22-8, +2.4w, 792 points), fourth inthe shot put (season-best 42-1 1/4, 657 points), third in the high jump(season-best 6-6 3/4, 803 points), 11th in the 400m (season-best 54.32, 626points); Day Two (Sunday, May 12, 3,194 points, season-best) ' seventh bestmark in the 110m hurdles (season-best 15.86, 0.5w, 749 points), fifth inthe discus (117-5, 580 points), eighth (tie) in the pole vault (season-best12-9 1/2, 590 points), first in the javelin (season-best in the decathlon,198-7, 746 points) and 10th in the 1500m (season-best 5:05.39, 529 points).

At Modesto
On Saturday, the UCLA men's vaulters competed in Modesto. In themen's open competition, senior Tyronne Hazen and sophomore Pat Luke, tiedfor fifth (17-0 3/4, personal-bests for both vaulters), senior C. J. Belltied for 13th (16-0 3/4) and senior Joe Snee no-heighted.

At Occidental
On Saturday, several of the Bruin men's team competed at theOccidental Invitational.

Pacing the Bruin men on the track were ' senior Michael Lipscomb wonthe 200m (20.71, nwi), sophomore Nick Thornton was the top collegian in the800m (1:49.30, personal-best), freshman Ben Aragon won the 1500m (3:53.51)and senior Andrew Wulf was the second collegian (3:56.52), and freshmanShane Hackett won the pole vault (16-5 1/4, personal-best).

In the field, Bruin throwing great John Godina won both the men'sshot put (66-11 1/4) and discus (207-5). In the men's shot put, juniorScott Wiegand was the top collegiate finisher (62-3) and the thirdcollegian in the men's discus (175-7). In the men's discus, sophomore DanAmes was the top collegian (189-5) and the third college competitor in theshot put (58-10 3/4).

Senior Scott Moser won the hammer throw (205-6).

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