No. 14 Bruin Men's Track & Field Open Up Outdoor Season With a Bang
March 3, 2007
Although it's just the first outdoor meet of the season, the No. 14 men's track and field team had plenty to smile about after an impressive showing in which the Bruins won 14 events and picked up 12 NCAA West Region qualifying marks.
The meet, which featured UCLA, Long Beach State, CSUF, Cal State LA, Cal Poly SLO, Cal State San Marcos, Cal State Bakersfield, Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount was a sign of things to come for the Bruins with several noteworthy performances.
Senior Mike Landers cleared 17-6.50 to win the pole vault and pick up his regional qualifying mark. Junior Chris Bencomo and senior David Murphy also got their regional mark as both cleared 16-6.75 to tie for second. Freshman Greg Woepse, who is redshirting the 2007 season and was competing unattached, also tied for second as he too cleared 16-6.75.
Sophomore Boldizsar Kocsor picked up another career win in the hammer, this time with a regional mark of 206-1. Senior Andrew Ninow, who was competing unattached, also had a good day as he finished second to Kocsor with a lifetime-best toss of 200-5.
In the discus throw, the Bruins picked up four Regional qualifiers as junior John Caulfield led the way with his throw of 185-0 (2nd). Senior Jason Rider was third with a mark of 179-2, while junior Greg Garza was fourth, throwing 179-0. Freshman Darius Savage opened up with a toss of 173-3 for sixth-place.
Freshman Nick Robinson won the shot put with a regional qualifying toss of 58-8.50.
Chris Burbach, a transfer from Orange Coast College, fell just one foot shy of his personal-best in the javelin, finishing second with a regional qualifying throw of 203-1.
Freshman Darius Reed, who is an NCAA indoor provisional qualifier in the 60m hurdles, won his first college high hurdle event, running a lifetime-best and regional mark of 14.11.
Junior Austin Ramos ran the fifth fastest 2-mile time in UCLA history to win the event, running 8:41.57.
Senior Henry Hagenbuch, competing in the steeplechase for the first time in his athletic career, won the event in a time of 9:19.18. Junior Mike Haddan won the 1500m in a time of 3:51.76, while freshman Marlon Patterson was second, running 3:51.92.
Up Next for the Bruins
UCLA will send a few athletes to the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, AR March 9-10, while the rest of the team takes next week off.