#3 UCLA Men's Track Team Shines On Final Day Of RJ/JJK Invite

April 12, 2008


The No. 3 men's track and field team showed why it's been garnering national attention on Saturday at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational as several Bruins won individual events and posted lifetime or season-best performances.

Junior Laef Barnes had a big day in the mile race as he cracked the four-minute barrier, becoming the 307th American all-time and just the fourth Bruin in UCLA history to do so. His time of 3:59.96 easily won the even as he improved upon his previous lifetime-best of 4:05.00. With the conversion from mile to 1500m, Barnes' time will move him into the top-5 in the country collegiately. Also in the mile, sophomore Marlon Patterson ran a lifetime-best, finishing third in a time of 4:07.87 (previous best, 4:36.98).

In the invitational 800m, freshman Cory Primm posted a season-best and improved regional qualifying time as he won the event in 1:49.97. Redshirt freshman Scott Crawford finished just behind Primm as both battled through the finish line. Crawford ended in second-place with a lifetime-best and regional qualifying time of 1:50.19.

Senior Greg Garza captured the discus title on a day where there was very little wind. Garza posted a mark of 192-6, while fellow senior John Caulfield was second with a throw of 187-11. Caulfield was also second in the shot put (top collegiate overall) with a throw of 61-4.25.

In the triple jump, freshman Jonathan Clark also had a big day as he leapt out to a lifetime-best of 51-5.75 (previous best, 49-11) to place third overall. Two Texas A&M Aggies posted the No. 1 and No. 2 marks in the country during the meet as Julian Reid (54-3.75) won and Zuheir Sharif was second (53-10.25). Clark's mark will rank amongst the top-15 in the country.

Former Bruin Mike Landers won the pole vault with a mark of 17-5, while freshman Johnny Quinn was seventh with a clearance of 16-7.25.

The 4x100m relay team of Quentin Powell, Elijah Wells, Brandon Smith and Stan Griffin ran a season-best 41.27 to place seventh in the 'A' section.

The Bruin men will next head to Eugene, OR for an old school dual meet with the Ducks. The Bruins have not competed against Oregon in a one-on-one meet since 1985.

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