No. 12 Men's Track & Field Sends 5 Athletes to MPSF; One to USA's

Feb. 20, 2007

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Five of UCLA's No. 12 men's track and field team will travel North to Seattle, WA for the MPSF Indoor Championships this Friday and Saturday, while one will compete at the USATF Indoor National Championships in Boston, MA.

Heading to Seattle, WA are sophomore Laef Barnes (mile, 4:04.69); freshman Darius Reed (60mH, 7.91); junior Michael Johnson (triple jump, 51-3.75); and seniors Mike Landers (pole vault, 17-5) and David Murphy (pole vault, 17-1).

Heading into this weekend's indoor conference championships, these five athletes all rank in the top-10 of all athletes. Landers hold the third-highest pole vault mark, while Murphy ranks eighth. Reed ranks second in the hurdles, Johnson has the No. 3 triple jump mark, and Barnes ranks seventh in the mile.

Indoor freshman Kevin Craddock will head across the country to Boston to face some of America's best talent in track and field. Craddock, who currently ranks fourth in the country in the 60m hurdles (7.73) will use the meet to gain more experience in a more intense competition setting, while preparing him for the NCAA Indoor Championships in March.

UCLA has currently qualified eight athletes to the NCAA Indoor Championships, which are held March 9-10 in Fayetteville, AR - Craddock (60mH); Reed (60mH); Landers (PV), Murphy (PV); Johnson (TJ); Dominique Easterling (TJ); John Caulfield (SP); and Darius Savage (SP). Only Craddock, Landers, Johnson and Caulfield appear to have spots at the National meet based off of their indoor rankings. However, the Bruins will use this weekend, as well as a last chance meet in Ames, IA next weekend to attempt to improve on qualifying marks before turning their focus to the outdoor season.

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