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UCLA Track & Field Hosts USC for Crosstown Dual Meet

Apr 29, 2021
Kate Jendrezak (photo by James Lee)

LOS ANGELES – UCLA Track & Field is set to host USC for the annual dual meet between the programs on Sunday, May 2. The battle between the Bruins and Trojans resumes after the 2020 dual meet was canceled due to COVID-19.
 
MEET INFORMATION – USC Dual Meet

  • Sunday, May 2
  • Drake Stadium
  • Live Results
  • Tickets are not available to the general public. Non-ticketed guests should not come to the competition venue.

MEET SCHEDULE
Sunday's action gets started with the men's hammer throw at 10:00 a.m. PT. The women's 3000m steeplechase is the first track event of the day, with the gun slated to go off at 12:00 p.m. PT. The dual meet is set to conclude with the 4x400m relay competitions in the 2:30 p.m. PT time slot.
 
MEET RECAP – West Coast Classic (April 17)
UCLA Track & Field put on a show at the West Coast Classic, as the Bruins shook up the program's all-time record book and notched event victories across the meet program in Tucson and Eugene. The 4x100m relays saw the UCLA women's squad go 43.89 for a season-best mark and the 11th-fasest time in the nation this year. The men's squad clocked a time of 39.29, the eighth-fastest mark in school history and the 15th-best collegiate time in the nation. Shae Anderson notched an impressive victory in the women's 200m, edging out Oregon's Kemba Nelson to take the win with a time of 22.96, the seventh-fastest mark in school history. Kenroy Higgins II took third place in the 100m, clocking a big PR with a time of 10.33. UCLA's quartet of Meleni Rodney, Catherine Leger, Makenzy Pierre-Webster, and Anderson posted a winning 4x4 time of 3:30.16, the sixth-fastest time in school history. Harrison Schrage stole the show in the men's long jump competition, clearing a career-best 7.97m (26-01.76) to move into eighth place on the collegiate list this year.
 
LOOKING BACK – 2019 USC Dual Meet
The UCLA men's squad emerged victorious over the Trojans for the 42nd time in the previous 53 meetings, coming away with a 102-60 win. The USC women prevailed over the Bruins. 90-69.
 
The Bruin men earned nine points in the pole vault by way of a sweep from Michael Fancey (5.22m, 17-01.50), Tate Curran (5.12m, 16-09.50), and Kyle Brown (16-03.50). Harrison Schrage picked up victories in the long jump (7.73m, 25-04.50) and triple jump (14.51m, 47-07.25). The Bruin men also swept the throws, as Dotun Ogundeji earned shot put (20.09m, 65-11.00) and discus (56.93m, 186-09) wins, Justin Stafford took down the hammer (67.33m 220-11), and Simon Litzel picked up the victory in the javelin (67.76m, 224-04). On the track, Munir Kabbara took the win in the steeplechase with a time of 9:17.14 while Robert Brandt (3:44.66) and Colin Burke (8:22.28) earned wins in the 1500m and 3000m, respectively.
 
Christina Rice (4:24.26) and Jackie Garner (10:14.22) led the Bruin women's distance squad with wins in the 1500m and 3000m, respectively. Alyssa Wilson swept her throwing competitions, picking up victories in the shot put (17.14m, 56-03.00), discus (56.97m, 186-11), and hammer (68.17m, 223-08). Ilaria Casarotto and Lauren McFall went 1-2 in the javelin, notching tosses of 51.53m (169-01) and 43.35m (142-03), respectively.
 
USTFCCCA RANKINGS
The UCLA women's squad is currently 13th on the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national poll. The Bruins did not compete over the weekend before the current rankings were released. The team was 12th on last week's edition of the poll following the West Coast Classic. It was the highest ranking for the program since 2014.
 
NOTES ON THE BRUINS

  • Shae Anderson is the only woman in the nation to own top-10 collegiate times in the 400m hurdles (No. 2 – 56.45), 200m (No. 10t – 22.96), and 400m (No. 9 – 51.84).
  • Harrison Schrage is the Pac-12's top performer in the long jump with a mark of 7.97m (26-01.75). It's the sixth-best time in program history and the eighth-best collegiate mark in the nation this season.
  • The Bruins account for five of the Pac-12's top 20 performers in the women's 200m: Shae Anderson (No. 2 – 22.96), Makenzy Pierre-Webster (No. 12 – 23.51), Maddy Doane (No. 17 – 23.66), Catherine Leger (No. 18 – 23.70), and Chinyere Okoro (23.71).
  • The Bruins account for four of the Pac-12's top 20 performers in the women's 100m: Shae Anderson (No. 8 – 11.50), Chinyere Okoro (No. 11 – 11.57), Maddy Doane (No. 16 – 11.63), and Catherine Leger (No. 18 – 11.66).
  • Shae Anderson (51.84) and Meleni Rodney (51.97) are two of only 14 collegians to break the 52-second barrier in the 400m this season.
  • The Bruins account for four of the Pac-12's top 25 men's 400m performers: Ismail Turner (No. 10 – 46.83), Myles Misener-Daley (No. 14 – 47.22), Cameron Reynolds (No. 18 – 47.53), and Chase Wells (No. 23 – 47.94).

NATIONAL TIMES/MARKS – UCLA on National Performance Lists
The following student-athletes have registered times/marks among the top 50 collegiate performances this year:
 
Women
200m – 10. Shae Anderson (22.96) – West Coast Classic (Apr. 17)
400m – 9. Shae Anderson (51.84) – Bob Larsen Track Meet (Mar. 27)
400m – 13. Meleni Rodney (51.97) – West Coast Classic (Apr. 17)
400mH – 2. Shae Anderson (56.45) – Rafer/JJK Invite (Apr. 8)
4x100m Relay – 11. M. Rodney, C. Leger, S. Anderson, M. Pierre-Webster (43.89) – Stanford Invite (Apr. 2)
Hammer – 2. Alyssa Wilson (69.58m, 228-03) – West Coast Classic (A)
Javelin – 21. Ilaria Casarotto (51.72m, 169-08) – Stanford Invitational (Apr. 2)
Heptathlon – 31. Isa Videler (5290) – Rafer/JJK Invite (Apr. 8-9)
 
Men
100m – 41. Kenroy Higgins II (10.33) – West Coast Classic (Apr. 17)
3000m Steeplechase – 45. Peter Herold (8:54.93) – West Coast Classic (Apr. 17)
4x100m Relay – 15. K. Higgins II, I. Turner, C. Moore, H. Schrage (39.29) – West Coast Classic (Apr. 17)
Pole Vault – 48. Tate Curran (5.20m, 17-00.75) – Jim Bush Legends Invite (Mar. 24)
Long Jump – 8. Harrison Schrage (7.97m, 26-01.75) – West Coast Classic (Apr. 17)
Shot Put – 37. Jacob Wilson (18.69m, 61-04.00) – Stanford Invite (Apr. 2)