UCLA Aims For Title
May 14, 2002
Art Venegas' UCLA men and Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women's track &field teams will compete this weekend (Saturday/Sunday, May 18-19) at the2002 Pacific-10 T & F Championships in Pullman, WA and hosted by WashingtonState at the Mooberry Track Complex. It will be the 72nd annual conferencemen's meet and the 16th annual women's event.
On Saturday, May 18, the competition begins at noon (10 finals, therest are qualifying events) and on Sunday, May 19, the final day of theconference championships will begin at 11:30 a.m. (all finals). Scoringwill be through eight places (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1).
Venegas is in his third season as the Bruin men's head coach and his21st year on the UCLA staff. Last week, the Bruin men were rated No. 6 inthe U. S. Last season, the UCLA men placed third at the Pac-10 (the Bruinsled after the first day of competition) and in 2000, the Bruin men tied forfourth.
Recognized as the premier collegiate throws coach in the nation,during the 1990s when Venegas was an assistant on the men's staff, the UCLAmen's team won six conference titles, including five straight from 1992-96.In all, the UCLA men have won the Pac-10 title16 times in conferencehistory, the first league crown coming in 1966 and the last in 1998.
In 2001 at the conference championships, the Bruin men were led bythen-junior Scott Moser. He won the Pac-10 discus title, placed second inthe shot put and was fifth in the hammer.
According to this week's conference list, the Bruin men have fivePac-10 leaders. They are ' junior Kyle Erickson in the 400m hurdles(49.62), sophomore Juaune Armon in the long jump (26-3), junior ScottWiegand (64-7 3/4indoor) and in the shot put and Moser in the discus(200-3) and hammer (210-11 1/2). In No. 2 positions on the conference chartare senior Michael Lipscomb in the 200m (20.71), sophomore Charles Ryan inthe 110m hurdles (13.67w) and UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (3:07.25). SophomoreDan Ames is No. 3 in the shot put (63-10 1/4) and discus (198-4).
Last Weekend/Pac-10 Decathlon/Heptathlon at WSU
The 2002 Pac-10 T & F Championships actually got underway lastweekend (May 11-12) in Pullman, WA with the decathlon and heptathlonevents. Oregon's Billy Pappas won the decathlon (7,532), picking up 10 teampoints for the Ducks and Washington State's Ellannee Richardson won theheptathlon (5,821), getting 10 team points for the Cougars.
The Bruin men picked up two team points, with senior OctaviousGillespie placing seventh (season-best 6,765) in the decathlon. Alsocompeting for the Bruin men in the decathlon was junior Andrew Phillips,placing 10th (6,464).
UCLA did not enter a women's competitor in the heptathlon.
Fox Sports Net will distribute a tape delayed show (of the 2002Pac-10 T & F Championships) on Friday, May 24, starting at 9 a.m. The FoxRegional Sports Networks are asked to find weekend afternoon placement forthis event.
After the Pac-10 meet, the Bruins will be preparing for theupcoming 2002 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships, May 29-June 1, in BatonRouge, LA and hosted by LSU.
In the 1990s, when Venegas was an assistant coach for the Bruin men,UCLA had seven Top 10 finishes, including second-place in 1995, third-placein 1996 and fourth-place in 1997. The UCLA men have won the NCAA Outdoortitle eight times (1988-87-78-73-72-71-66-56).