Bruins Defend West Region Title, Score 141 Points in Victory

May 29, 2004

Northridge, CA - At the 2004 NCAA West Region Championships, held at CSUN's Matador Track, the Bruin men defended their regional team titles. The Bruin men scored 141 points in the victory.

Last year, UCLA won both the inaugural West Region Championship team title, scoring 101 points.

Team Standings:
Men (Top five of 23 teams) - 1. UCLA 141, 2. USC 82, 3. BYU 79.5, 4. Arizona State 63, 4. Oregon 63

The Bruins defended their West Region title, scoring 141 points. In all, UCLA qualified 15 individual athletes and both relays for the NCAA Championships, June 9-12, in Austin, TX. It is the largest Bruin contingent to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the history of UCLA. In 1972, under head coach Jim Bush, the Bruins took a 14-man contingent to the NCAA Championships.

Overall, UCLA qualified an individual in every event they competed in this weekend. Individual regional champions were senior co-captain Dan Ames (HT, SP, DT), sophomore Craig Everhart (400m) and true freshman Brandon Johnson (400mH).

Bruin Head Coach Art Venegas: 'I'm thrilled that so many of our kids have the opportunity to go to Austin for the NCAA Championships. Like at the Pac-10 Meet, all areas contributed in a major way. It's good to see our athletes be a team and have each other's backs. People say that track is such an individual sport. I've tried to get away from that way of thinking with this team. Our success is due to coming together as a team.'

Final Results: Top five individual finishers and top three relays automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, June 9-12, in Austin, TX.

Field Finals
Javelin - No entries.

Pole Vault - Two Bruins qualified for the NCAA Championships in the pole vault. Junior Yoo Kim tied for second, clearing 17-7 (5.36m). Senior Pat Luke was fourth at 17-3 (5.26m). Both advance to the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Mike Landers tied for 10th overall at 16-5.25 (5.01m). Shane Hackett and Dave Murphy no heighted. Oregon's Tommy Skipper won the event, clearing 18-10.25 (5.75m).

Triple Jump - No entries.

Discus - Ames won his third throwing title of the weekend with a throw of 189-4 (57.71m). Sophomore Jeremy Silverman was sixth with a throw of 171-8 (52.32m). And, freshman Brian Ruziecki tied for 14th with a throw of 162-9 (49.61m). With today's victory, Ames automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships. Yesterday, he won the shot put and hammer, automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships in both.

Ames on winning the hammer, shot put and discus this weekend: 'I set my goal to win all three events this weekend. Accomplishing that goal makes me feel good. My team was awesome this weekend. For the throwers, the standout performer was Jeremy Silverman in the shot put with another lifetime best. I that that he and I are going to put something good together at the NCAA Championships.'

Track Finals
4x100m Relay - The relay squad of Matt Bruno, Mario Bassani, Jonathan Williams and Craig Everhart finished third in a season best 39.69. Arizona State won in 38.92. The Bruins qualify for the NCAA Championships.

1500m - Juniors Ben Aragon and Jon Rankin each advanced to the NCAA Championships. Aragon finished fourth in 3:45.37. Rankin finished fifth in 3:46.02. BYU's Nathan Robison won in 3:44.64.

110m Hurdles - Juniors Tony Golston and Jonathan Williams both qualified for the NCAA Championships. Golston finished second in 13.86 (w: 0.4) and Williams was third in 14.01 (w: 0.4). Oregon's Eric Mitchum won in 13.72.

400m - Sophomore Craig Everhart ran a personal best 44.89 to win the 400m dash. It is No. 6 all-time at UCLA. Junior Denye' Versher finished fifth in a personal best 46.26. Both advance to the NCAA Championships.

Everhart on winning the 400m: 'The race wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I'm happy for the team. I have faith that I will run faster as long as I continue to listen to Coach Veney and run my race.'

100m - Sophomore Matt Bruno finished third in the 100m dash in 10.51 (w: 0.8). USC's Phillip Frances won in 10.41. Bruno qualifies for the NCAA Championships.

800m - Senior Nick Thornton finished fourth in 1:50.98. He advances to the NCAA Championships

400m Hurdles - Freshman phenom Brandon Johnson won in 49.64. Williams, who has already qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 110m hurdles, was second in a personal best 50.14. Both advance to the NCAA Championships.

Johnson on winning the 400m hurdles: 'I'm satisfied, it was a good race. Today, I was thinking more about NC's. I was nervous. I just wanted to qualify for the NCAA Championships.'

200m - No entries.

3,000m Steeplechase - No entries.

4x400m Relay - The Bruin squad of Versher, Johnson, Bassani and Everhart finished third in 3:06.15. Everhart brought the Bruins into third place, passing BYU with a hundred meters to go. Arizona State won in 3:01.77. UCLA advances to the NCAA Championships.

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