Bruin Men to Compete at NCAA Outdoor Championships, May 29-June 1

May 24, 2002


2002 NCAA Outdoor - Select members of Art Venegas' Bruin men's team, rated No. 10 in the U. S. before the conference championships, will compete Wednesday-Saturday (May 29-June 1) at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships in Baton Rouge, LA, hosted by LSU. Qualifying and final events are held all four days and scoring is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

2001 NCAA Outdoor - Held in Eugene, OR, the UCLA men qualified four athletes, led by junior Scott Moser, who placed third in the discus and 13th in the shot put.

UCLA Coaches at the NCAA - Venegas is in his third season as the Bruin men's head coach and his 21st on the UCLA staff as the Bruin men's and women's throws coach. Recognized as the premier collegiate throws coach in the nation, Venegas' Bruin throwers have won 31 NCAA individual titles and 45 Pac-10 crowns since 1990. His coaching expertise have contributed to four NCAA team championships (Men-2, 1988-87 NCAA Outdoor; Women-2, 2001-00 NCAA Indoor) and 23 Pac-10 team titles (Men 10/Women 13).

Competing for the Bruins -The UCLA men will have nine athletes, led by senior Scott Moser, who is No. 4 in the discus and No. 12 in the hammer throw. The Bruin men competing are - senior Michael Lipscomb (200m, No. 15, 20.64); sophomore Charles Ryan (110m hurdles, No. 10, 13.67); junior Kyle Erickson (400m, No. 5, 49.62); senior C. J. Bell (pole vault, No. 15, 17-4 1/4); sophomore Juaune Armon (long jump, No. 6, 26-3); junior Scott Wiegand (shot put, No. 6, 64-1 3/4); sophomore Dan Ames (shot put, No. 8, 63-10 1/4; discus, No. 7, 198-4); senior Scott Moser (discus, No. 4, 200-3; hammer throw, No. 11, 210-11 1/2) and freshman Jason Rider (discus, No. 19, 185-11).


2002 Pac-10

Men - 1. Stanford 151, 2. Oregon 125, 3. USC 103.50, 4. Arizona State 103, 5. Arizona 99, 6. UCLA 91.50, 7. Washington State 71, 8. Washington 49, 9. California 22. Stanford won for the second year in a row.

Art Venegas' Bruin men's team was hampered by injuries to key athletes and placed sixth in the team standings. Junior Kyle Erickson, the conference leader in the 400m hurdles, stayed at home because of a hamstring injury. Sophomore Juaune Armon, the Pac-10 leader in the long jump, injured his right knee during the long jump, finishing ninth, and could not compete on Sunday in the triple jump. And, sophomore Charles Ryan, who placed third in the 110m hurdles, cramped on his anchor leg of the 4 X 400m relay, was not able to finish and the relay did not record a mark.

Winning for the Bruin men were - junior Scott Wiegand in the shot put (64-1 3/4, personal outdoor best, NCAA automatic) and senior Scott Moser, defending his title in the discus (194-1).

Salinas Throwers Invitational, May 21

On Tuesday, May 21, the UCLA throwers competed at the Salinas Throwers Invite (marks not eligible for NCAA qualifying). For the Bruin men, senior Scott Moser threw a season-best 201-7 in the discus and junior Scott Wiegand threw a personal-best (187-9).


In his third season as the UCLA men's head coach and in his 21st year on the Bruin staff, directing the UCLA women and men's throwers.
-2002 MPSF Indoor and Cal/NV Outdoor Coach of the Year.
-Has coached 31 NCAA individual titles in the throws.
-Since 1990, UCLA throwers have won 45 Pac-10 crowns.
-Contributed to four NCAA team championships (Men (2) 1988-87 Outdoor; Women (2) 2001-00 Indoor) and 23 Pac-10 team crowns (Men 10/Women 13) as assistant coach (throws) for the both the Bruin men's and women's teams.
-Coaches world-class athletes John Godina/Seilala Sua
-Premier collegiate throws coach in the U. S.


In collegiate track and field, there are two national rankings- Trackwire and the USTCA sponsored Team Power Ranking.

Trackwire's National Top 25 is a power ranking of NCAA Div. I T & F teams. This ranking's methodology takes into account a variety of statistical predictors and is intended to project the outcome of the 2002 NCAA Div. 1 T & F Championships (May 29-June 1, Baton Rouge, LA). The scores provided with the rankings indicate each team's projected score based on formcharts for each NCAA event. Team Power Ranking is a computer program rating teams by individual marks and dual meet strength.

In the week (May 13) of the Pac-10 meet, Trackwire rated the UCLA women No. 1 (93 points) in the U. S. and the Bruin men were No. 10 (25 points). In that same week's (May 13), Team Power Rankings had the Bruin women first (408.52) and the Bruin men were second (370.52), behind No. 1 Tennessee (374.49), the defending NCAA Outdoor champion.

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