2005 USA T & F Championships/Home Depot Center/Carson, CA/Final Wrapup

June 27, 2005

At the 2005 U. S. Track & Field Championships held June 23-26 at the Home Deport Center in Carson, CA, UCLA freshman Boldizsar Kocsor won the Junior hammer throw and Bruin senior Jon Rankin placed sixth in the 1500m.

Several Bruin greats also competed and were led by Meb Keflezighi's second-place finish in the 10,000m and John Godina's third-place in the shot put.

Kocsor Wins Junior Hammer Throw
A redshirt this season, Kocsor, who came to UCLA from University HS in San Diego, won the Junior hammer throw competition with a mark of 214-6. He will now represent Team USA at the 2005 Pan Am Junior Championships, for athletes ages 19 and under, July 29-31, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Kocsor last season placed fourth at the Junior meet and as a senior in high school was a Track & Field News All-American (ranked No. 2 in the U. S).

On two early fouls: 'I knew I had to get in a safety throw after the first two fouls,' said Kocsor. 'My coach, Art Venegas, told me to do a two-turn. That two-turn saved me. I usually throw 200-ft. in practice with a two-turn so I knew that it was there if I needed it.'On being the favorite: 'Usually I'm the underdog, but today I was the favorite and that was tough. I'm just glad I went through this experience now so I'm prepared for future meets.'

Current Bruins at the USA Meet
Rankin in the 1500m final placed sixth, with a time of 3:43.41. In qualifying, Rankin was third in his heat, 3:39.71, a personal-best and setting a new school record, breaking his own mark of 3:40.39.

Sophomore Brandon Johnson and senior Jonathan Williams competed in the 400m hurdles. Both advanced to the semi-finals - Johnson's time of 49.60 was 10th overall (only nine advanced to the final) and Williams' mark was 49.97. Both Johnson and Williams earned All-American honors at the recently concluded 2005 NCAA Outdoor.

Bruin Greats at the USA Meet
The top three finishers at the U. S. Championships will represent Team USA at the 2005 World Outdoor T & F Championships, Aug. 6-14, in Helsinki, Finland. Keflezighi, who placed second in the 10,000m (28:10.57) and Godina, who was third in the shot put (68-10.50), both made the USA Team.

Godina - ''I thought I'd have a little bit better day today. My first 2 throws weren't very good, but I've been around the block in my 450 years of competing and I knew I'd get one in. There's always a sense of panic and it depends on how you deal with it.' Godina, a three-time World outdoor champion, entered the meet with four of the season's top six throws, including a personal-best 72-10.

Also competing at the USA Championships were - Juaune Armon placing sixth in the long jump (25-6.25, -0.5w), Luke Sullivan finishing 14th in the discus (177-8) and Kyle Erickson advancing to the semifinals in the 400m hurdles (49.98).

UCLA in the Junior Meet
Along with Kocsor- also competing in the U. S. Junior meet were-
-200m - incoming freshman Alexander Pearlstone (Sir Francis Drake HS) did notadvance past the first round (22.04, -0.1w)
-1500m -freshman Mike Haddan placed eighth (3:53.43).
-pole vault - freshman Dustin DeLeo no-heighted (at 16-0.75).
-triple jump - freshman Michael Johnson finished 10th (48-4.50, 2.6w).
-decathlon - freshman Matthew Reuter competed in seven of the 10 events, before getting injured in the 110m hurdles and not being able to compete in the final three events (pole vault, javelin, 1500m) -- 100m (11.46, 1.2w/11th-overall tie/761 points); long jump (21-5.25, 2.6w/7th-overall/704 points); shot put (37-5.25/15th overall/571 points); high jump (no-heighted); 400m (53.82/13th overall/647 points; 2,683 first day points); 110m hurdles (16.30, 0.7w/14th-overall/699 points); discus (118-10/5th-overall/588 points), withdrew from pole vault, javelin and 1500m.

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