Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational Wraps at Drake Stadium
LOS ANGELES – UCLA Track & Field finished up day two of the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational on Friday, coming away with strong performances across the board to conclude the Bruins' third home meet of the season.
Isa Videler finished up her first full heptathlon of the season, compiling a lifetime-best total of 5,290 points to secure the overall victory. Videler used a dominant effort in the 800m to earn 915 points and overtake Colorado's Avery McMullen for the win in the final event of the competition. Earlier in the day, she finished second overall in the javelin (37.57m, 123-3) and fourth in the long jump (5.41m, 17-09.00), earning 621 and 674 points in the events, respectively.
Shae Anderson was the Bruins' top finisher in the 100m, crossing at 11.50 for the event victory. Maddy Doane crossed in second with a time of 11.63. Alexandra Chan was third with a time of 12.75. The men's competition saw Ismail Turner take second place, clocking a time of 10.72.
Doane would go on to win the women's 200m, clocking a time of 23.66 to lead a squad of six Bruin women in the event. Myles Misener-Daley took the win in the men's competition, crossing with a time of 21.43 in his first 200m performance of the season. Cristian Moore (21.58) and Zaylon Thomas (22.24) went 2-3, respectively.
Anderson earned her second victory of the day in the 400m hurdles, finishing with a time of 56.45 to move into eighth place in UCLA history in the event. Nyree Brown took third place at 1:04.94. Aiden Lieb was the Bruins' lone participant in the men's 110m hurdles, clocking a time of 14.82 for third place overall. Chan was fifth in the heptathlon 100m hurdles, posting a time of 14.84 on the day.
The Bruins capped the day with a victory in the women's 4x400m relay, as the quartet of Dakota Stanly, Gwyn George, Kyrah Johnson, and Jaylah Herron combined for a time of 3:59.54 for the win.
Mia Cervantes was the Bruins' top finisher in the women's pole vault, clearing 3.75m (12-03.50) for the event victory. Isabella Grant took second place with a mark of 3.60m (11-09.75). The men's competition saw Kyle Brown and Tate Curran each clear 5.07m (16-07.50). Brown took the event win on attempts.
DJ Lawson earned the win in the men's 3000m, clocking a time of 8:41.40 in his first 3k performance of the season. Marcus Mota notched second place with a time of 8:50.45. The women's competition saw the Bruins go 1-4. Claire Selleck emerged victorious with a time of 10:26.77 while Alyssa Bautista secured the runner-up position at 10:36.05. Sophia Hoelzel (10:46.47) and Marisa Villegas (10:50.06) took third and fourth place, respectively.
Christian Grubb and Shelbi Schauble made their respective UCLA triple jump debuts Friday. Grubb cleared 14.35m (47-01.00) while Schauble posted a mark of 10.58m (34-08.50). Jai Gruenwald made her 2021 debut in the long jump, finishing eighth overall in the heptathlon flight (5.04m, 16-06.50).
The Bruins are splitting off next week as the team is participating in the West Coast Classic on Saturday, April 17. The meet is set to be held in two separate locations. The University of Arizona and the University of Oregon are teaming up to host the West Coast Classic, with various events occurring at each site.