No. 21 UCLA Men Defeat No. 3 USC in Annual Dual Meet

April 26, 2003

This afternoon, the UCLA men defeated the Trojans 82-81 before a crowd of 3,087 in the annual dual meet, held at USC's Katherine B. Loker Stadium and Cromwell Field. UCLA has won 24 of the last 25 meetings between the two teams, and improves its overall record against USC to 31-39.

In the last meeting between the Bruins and Trojans at Cromwell Field (2001), the Trojans won 82-81, snapping UCLA's 22-year win streak. The 2001 dual meet was decided by the 5000m. This year's meet was also decided by the 5000m, with UCLA sweeping the event, scoring the necessary 82 points to clinch the meet. Today's 82-81 meet score was the third straight time on Cromwell Field (1999, 2001, 2003) that the dual meet was decided by that margin.

In the hunt for the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy, the Bruin men scored five points. The Bruin women were also victorious against the Trojans, 104-59, scoring five points. In women's golf action, the Bruins gained another five points. With the 15 points gained, the overall points total stands at a tie between the Bruins and Trojans at 50 points.

Bruin Men's Results
On the day, the Bruins won seven events and swept four of the seven. Multiple winners for the Bruins were sophomore Ben Aragon, who won the 800m, 1500m and 5000m, and junior Dan Ames in the shot put and discus.

HT - In the hammer throw, held Friday at West LA City College, junior Dan Ames placed third, scoring one point, with a throw of 196-8 (59.94m, NCAA Reg. Qual.). Freshman Jake Knight placed fourth with a personal best throw of 187-1 (57.02m, NCAA Reg. Qual.). And, freshman Jeremy Silverman was sixth (177-10, 54.20m).

3000m SC - The Bruins swept the event, scoring nine points. Sophomore Erik Emilsson won in 8:56.67 (NCAA Reg. Qual.). Senior Justin Patananan was second in 9:23.92. Freshman Chad Galbreath, competing in his first collegiate steeplechase, placed third in 9:59.32.

4x100m - The Bruin squad of John McCauley, Mario Bassani, Chauncee Smith and Jonathan Williams ran a season best and NCAA Regional Qualifying time of 40.19. The Trojans won in a Pac-10 leading time of 39.90.

LJ - Junior Juaune Armon won the long jump for the second year in a row with a season best jump of 25-8.75 (7.84m, w:+0.5), NCAA Reg. Qual.). Freshman Demetre Howard placed fifth with a jump of 20-8 (6.17m, w: -0.9). USC's Allen Simms and Julian Kapek placed second and third with jumps of 25-4 (7.72m, w:+1.9) and 24-1.50 (7.35m, w:+1.4), respectively.

1500m - Bruins Ben Aragon and Jon Rankin went one-two in the 1500m. Aragon ran 4:12.40 for the win, followed by Rankin in 4:13.02. Senior Phil Young placed fourth in 4:15.08. USC's Tomas Babiskiewicz was third (4:14.29).

JT - Freshman David Shortenhaus placed second with a personal best throw of 195-02 (59.49m), followed by Eli Dial in third placed with a season best 193-0 (58.82m). Chris Staton was sixth (162-11m 49.67m). Andrew Phillips, competing as a non-scorer, threw 175-7 (53.53m). USC's Dennis Rice won with a throw of 209-2 (63.75m).

400m - Freshman Craig Everhart placed second in a personal best 46.72 (NCAA Reg. Qual.), followed by Denye' Versher in third place in a season best 47.50. Mario Bassani placed fourth in a season best 47.64. And, Robbie Hambleton, competing as a non-scorer, ran 48.42. USC's Brandon Matlock won in 46.04.

SP - The Bruins swept the shot put, scoring nine points. Junior Dan Ames placed first with a throw of 64-1.75 (19.55m, NCAA Reg. Qual.). Senior Scott Wiegand was second at 63-1.25 (19.23m, NCAA Reg. Qual.). And, freshman Jeremy Silverman placed third with a personal best throw of 60-11.25 (18.57m). Freshman Jake Knight, a non-scorer, threw 56-7.25 (17.25m).

110mH - Sophomore Jonathan Williams placed second in a personal best 13.98 (w:+1.2). Anthony Golston was fourth in 14.45 and Chris Staton was sixth in a season best 15.27. USC's Ryan Wilson, the Pac-10 leader, won in 13.95.

100m - Senior John McCauley placed third in a wind-aided season best 10.68 (w:+2.1). Marques Burrus was fourth (10.70) and Matt Bruno was sixth (10.73). Chauncee Smith, a non-scorer, ran 10.77. USC's Wes Felix won in 10.24.

TJ - Armon, competing in his second event of the day, placed fourth with a seasonal wind-aided best jump of 48-2.50 (14.69m, w:+2.5). Ryan Hollins was fifth with a jump of 43-9 (13.33m, w:+0.9). USC swept the event. Allen Simms won with a jump of 56-4 (17.17m, w:+0.6). Julien Kapek was second (55-1, 16.79m, w:+0.7) and Jonas Halgrimsson was third 950-1.25, 15.27m, w:+0.9).

400mH - Senior Kyle Erickson placed second in a season best 50.05 (NCAA Reg. Qual.), followed by Williams in third in a personal best 51.28 (NCAA Reg. Qual.). Senior John Barbieri was fourth (52.27) and Matt Willis, a non-scorer, ran 52.73. USC's Ryan Wilson won the event in 49.80, his second victory of the day.

DT - The Bruin throwers swept their second event of the day, scoring nine points in the discus. Ames won his second event with a throw of 192-05 (58.65m, NCAA Reg. Qual.). Wiegand threw 187-4 (57.10m, NCAA Reg. Qual.) for second. Silverman threw 166-10 (50.86m, NCAA Reg. Qual.). And, Shortenhaus, a non-scorer, threw 155-9 (47.47m).

HJ - Freshman Ryan Hollins placed second with a personal best jump of 6-11.75 (2.13m, NCAA Reg. Qual.). Senior Kevin Weaver was fourth (6-8, 2.03m) and Josh Levy was sixth (6-6, 1.98m). Non-scorers Chris Staton and Justin Nelson both jumped 6-6 (1.98m). USC's Dawid Jaworski won with a jump of 7-1.75 (2.18m).

PV - Yoo Kim placed second with a vault of 17-3.75 (5.28m, NCAA Reg., Qual.). Pat Luke was third with a season best vault of 17-0 (5.18m, NCAA Reg. Qual.). Mike Landers was fourth with a vault of 16-0 (4.88m). Non-scorers Shane Hackett and Andrew Phillips vaulted 15-5.75 (4.72m) and 15-0 (4.57m), respectively.

800m - Aragon won in a season best 1:50.35 (NCAA Reg. Qual.). Nick Thornton placed second in 1:50.66 (NCAA Reg. Qual.). And, Martell Munguia placed fifth in 1:53.67.

200m - Everhart placed third, scoring a key point for the Bruins, in a personal best 21.45 (w:+0.5). Marques Burrus placed fourth in a season best 21.60, followed by John McCauley in fifth in a personal best 21.69. Chauncee Smith, a non-scorer, ran 22.13.

5000m - The Bruins swept the 5000m to clinch the 2003 UCLA-USC Dual Meet with 82 points to USC's 76 points. Ben Aragon won his third event of the day in 14:46.43. Erik Emilsson placed second in 14:48.98. And, Justin Patananan was third in 14:52.02.

4x400m - The relay team of Denye' Versher, Nick Thornton, Mario Bassani and Kyle Erickson ran 3:09.56 behind USC's 3:08.70. With the results of the relay, the final meet score was UCLA 82, USC 81.

Upcoming Meets
The Bruins will compete at the first UCLA Invitational, held Saturday, May 3, at Drake Stadium.

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