Clark, Hobson and Woepse Add On To Bruin Tracksters With NCAA Marks
Feb. 14, 2009
The UCLA men's track and field team added three more athletes to their list of NCAA qualifiers on Saturday as Jonathan Clark, Taylor Hobson and Greg Woepse had career days in Flagstaff, AZ at the NAU Classic.
Clark and Hobson posted meet victories with their performances as Clark's triple jump mark of 51-5.75 was a lifetime-best and NCAA provisional qualifier, and also ranks 20th in the NCAA this season. Hobson cleared a personal-best height of 7-00.25 in the high jump for his NCAA mark. That height is tied for the ninth-best mark in the NCAA this season. Woepse added nearly a foot to his previous indoor best (16-6.75) as he jumped a provisional mark of 17-5 in the pole vault. He was third overall and now ranks eighth in the NCAA.
The Bruins also picked up two improved qualifying marks from Bo Taylor and Nick Robinson as both competed in the shot put. Taylor, who had been consistently throw 59-9.50 for most of indoors, unleashed a big lifetime-best of 61-3.50 on Saturday. That mark moves him to seventh in the NCAA this season and also marks the first time he has broken the 60-foot barrier in college. Robinson threw a season-best 59-11.25 to move him to 13th on the NCAA list. Taylor was second, while Robinson was fourth overall in the competition. Both men were the top collegiate finishers in the event.
Also on Saturday, senior Dustin DeLeo equaled his season-best mark in the pole vault with a jump of 17-1. Freshmen Jamal Alston was third in the 60m (6.90) and Karlton Rolle was second in the 200m (22.07). Sophomore Quentin Powell was second in the 400m (48.42) and freshman Steven Norton won the 800m in a lifetime-best of 1:54.27.
Two women were also competing in Flagstaff on Saturday - Katy Viuf and Tori Pena. Viuf won the pole vault in her first indoor meet of the season with an NCAA provisional mark of 12-11.75. That mark ties for 13th in the NCAA this season. Pena was second with a mark of 12-6.
The Bruins will next head to Seattle, WA for the MPSF Indoor Championships, February 27-28.