Bruin Men Crush the Competition at Cal/Nevada; Run Away With Team Title
April 1, 2006
The UCLA men's track and field team crushed the competition at the Cal/Nevada Championships in Fresno, CA, winning by over 141 points as 13 events were won by the Bruins.
Behind the 12 victories on Saturday and one victory on Friday (5000m), the men easily won with 246.50 points. The closest team was Cal State Northridge with 105 points.
Freshman Boldizsar Kocsor started the Bruins off with a win on Saturday, throwing a new lifetime-best and regional qualifying mark of 198-6 in the hammer throw. Senior Jake Knight also picked up a win in the shot put, throwing a season-best and regional qualifying mark of 60-1. Sophomore John Caulfield, who threw a lifetime-best in the prelims on Friday (63-8.25, No. 2 in the Nation), placed second with a toss of 59-8.50. Senior Jeremy Silverman rounded out the scoring in the shot put with a fourth-place finish (56-6.75).
The throwers stepped it up again in the discus as they swept the top-three spots in that event. Sophomore Greg Garza threw a season-best and regional qualifying mark of 178-11 to win the, while Caulfield was second (175-9) and junior Jason Rider finished third (173-10).
The Bruins got another sweep in the triple jump as sophomore Dominique Easterling leaped to a new lifetime-best, regional qualifier and No. 2 mark in the nation with a jump of 51-2.75 to win the event. Sophomore Michael Johnson, Jr. placed second with a season-best and regional mark of 50-0.50, while senior Demetre Howard rounded out the UCLA sweep with a third-place jump of 48-11.75.
In the pole vault, junior Mike Landers had a huge day, jumping a lifetime-best, regional qualifier and No. 3 mark in the country of 17-2.75 to win that event. Sophomores Zack Miller and Chris Bencomo finished fourth and fifth respectively as both cleared 15-11.
On the track, the Bruin men were just as impressive as several runners posted lifetime-bests and regional qualifying times.
Sophomore Mike Haddan won the 800m in a lifetime-best of 1:50.76, while junior Micky Cobrin won the 1500m, also running a lifetime-best (3:49.67)as both Haddan and Cobrin just missed regional qualifying marks in their respective events. Freshman Laef Barnes finished second in the 1500m, running a lifetime-best 3:50.41.
Freshman Kevin Craddock ran a lifetime-best and regional qualifying time in the 400m hurdles (52.01) to finish second overall, while junior Tracy Sessions, II placed fifth in 53.75.
In the steeplechase, all three Bruin competitors ran lifetime-bests as sophomore Drew Shackleton won the event in 9:16.25. Sophomore Matt Stollenwerk placed fourth (9:29.28) and freshman Ryan Gordon was ninth (9:54.06).
The Bruins won both relays on Saturday, winning the 4x100m in 40.79 and the 4x400m in 3:10.52, a season-best.
Up in Palo Alto, senior Martell Munguia opened up his outdoor season in the 800m with a sixth-place finish and regional qualifying time of 1:49.91.
UCLA returns home next week as they host the Rafer Johnson/ Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational Thursday through Saturday.