Bruins Host UCLA T & F Invitational On Saturday (May 3) At Drake Stadium

April 28, 2003

Art Venegas' UCLA men's track & field team on Saturday (May 3) will host the UCLA Invitational at Drake Stadium, the Bruins' final home meet of the 2003 collegiate outdoor season.

The hammer throws will start at 8 a.m., followed by the women's long jump at 9 a.m. and at 10 a.m., field events continue (women's javelin) and running events begin (women's 5000m). The UCLA Invitational will conclude at 4:50 p.m. with the running of the women and men's 4 X 400m relays.

Bruins Defeat USC Last Saturday (April 26) at Loker Stadium

UCLA won both dual meets at USC on Saturday (April 26) before 3,087 at Loker Stadium. The UCLA women, ranked No. 4 in the U. S., easily defeated No. 5 USC, 104-59 and the Bruin men, rated No. 21, beat No. 3 USC 82-81.

UCLA Men Defeat USC, 82-81

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 and USC victory 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 victory. The 82-81 dual score was the third straight time on Cromwell Field (1999, 2001, 2003) that the dual meet was decided by that exact margin, with the Bruins winning two (1999/2003) of the three meets.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.

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.

UCLA men's winners included -

800m - Ben Aragon won in a season-best 1:50.35 (NCAA Reg. Qual.) and Nick Thornton was second (1:50.66).

1500m - Bruins Ben Aragon and Jon Rankin went one-two in the 1500m. Aragon ran 4:12.40 forthe win, followed by Rankin in 4:13.02.

5000m - The Bruins swept the 5000m to clinch the 2003 UCLA-USC Dual Meet with 82 pointsto 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.

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.

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.).

SP - The Bruins swept the shot put, scoring nine points. Junior Dan Ames placed first with athrow 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).

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.).

Looking Ahead

Following the UCLA Invitational, every remaining major outdoor collegiate meet in 2003 will be held in the State of California. USC will host the Pac-10 Championships (May 17-18), Stanford will host the NCAA Regional Qualifying meet (May 30-31) and Sacramento State will host the NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 11-14).

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