Bruins Finish Up First Day at Stanford Invite
Stanford, Calif. – The Bruins finished up day one of the Stanford Invite Friday, picking up an event victory and posting strong performances across the board. The first day of competition included various field events and several distance races.
Ilaria Casarotto had a career-night in the javelin, going 51.72m (169-08) for a lifetime-best mark and the event victory. She cemented her No. 2 position on UCLA's all-time javelin list. Lauren McFall took fifth place in the competition, going 45.85m (150-05). Alyssa Wilson continued her strong start to the 2021 season, picking up a second-place finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 66.38m (217-09). Natalie Ramirez (46.91m, 153-11) and Lydia Liu (40.87m, 134-05) finished 11th and 12th, respectively. Jacob Wilson finished third in the men's competition, clearing 59.13m (194-00).
Peter Herold made his UCLA track debut with an appearance in the steeplechase, clocking a time of 8:59 for second place overall. Ahead of Friday, only 11 collegiate athletes in the nation had broken nine minutes in the event. Kira Loren toed the line in the women's competition, finishing second overall with a time of 11:06.88. Emma Tavella notched a 10th-place finish in the women's 5000m, clocking a time of 16:46.18. Darius Riley (14:19.45) and Dylan Wilbur (15:07.14) took 19th and 22nd, respectively, in the men's competition.
Harrison Schrage was the Bruins' top performer in the men's long jump, posting a lifetime-best mark of 7.75m (25-05.50) to finish second overall. Alex Enos also had a career day in the pit, going 7.04m (23-01.25) for ninth place overall. It was his first-career 7+ meter performance. Zaylon Thomas took 13th place overall (6.08m, 19-11.50).
Mia Cervantes was the Bruins' top finisher in the women's pole vault competition, clearing a lifetime-best 4.00m (13-01.50). She tied for the leading mark but finished second overall on attempts. Katerina Adamiec took fourth with a clearance of 3.70m (12-01.50). Isabella Grant also cleared 3.70m, finishing tied for fifth on attempts. Camryn Thomson was eight with a clearance of 3.55m (11-07.75).
UCLA is back on Saturday for day two of the Stanford Invite. The action will be streamed on FloTrack. A paid subscription to the streaming service is required to view the content. Saturday's meet program opens at 9:30am p.m. PT.