Landers and Reed Lead No. 12 Bruin Men at MPSF Indoor Championships
Feb. 24, 2007
Young and old came together to lead a small group of UCLA men's track and field athletes at the MPSF Indoor Championships in Seattle, WA as senior Mike Landers won the pole vault and freshman Darius Reed won the 60m hurdles. The Bruins, who had just five athletes competing at the conference meet, finished ninth overall with 35 points. Washington won the MPSF title with 109 points.
Landers jumped an indoor lifetime-best 17-5.50 to win the vault, improving on his NCAA provisional qualifier in the process. The mark moves him up one spot in this week's NCAA rankings.
Reed, who had the fastest preliminary qualifier on Friday night in the hurdles (7.92), ran a lifetime-best and NCAA provisional qualifier of 7.83 to win the event. Reed's time ranks 15th on the latest national list, which could get him into the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Junior Michael Johnson finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 50-6.25. The mark was an NCAA provisional qualifier, but he has a better mark of 51-3.75 already this season.
USATF Indoor Nationals
Indoor freshman Kevin Craddock competed in the preliminary round of the 60m hurdles in Boston, MA on Saturday running 7.82 to finish fourth in heat one and 11th overall. Craddock advances to Sunday's semifinal rounds and will be the only college athlete competing from here on out in that event.
The Bruins will return home to open up the outdoor track and field season on Saturday, March 3 as they host the UCLA Invitational. Some athletes will compete at the Iowa Last Chance Qualifier in Ames, IA with the hopes of improving on their NCAA qualifying marks.