Bruins Wrap Day One at Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge
New York, N.Y. – UCLA Track & Field was in action for day one of the Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge at The Armory in New York City, with the team compiling strong performances across the lineup.
Alex Enos and Aiden Lieb toed the line for the Bruins in the first four of seven total heptathlon events. Enos is currently fifth in the standings with 2,622 points, earning a victory in the heptathlon 60m competition with a meet-record time of 7.04. Lieb is 11th heading into Saturday, compiling 2117 points. He was hindered by a foul in the long jump, but finished inside the top six positions in the 60m (third), shot put (sixth), and high jump (fifth).
The women's distance medley relay (DMR) squad impressed with a fifth-place finish and a time of 11:29.37. The quartet of Gwyn George, Kate Jendrezak, Ashley Johnson, and Mia Kane now ranks 10th on UCLA's all-time list in the event.
Lyvante Su'emai led the way for the Bruins in the women's shot put, going 14.76m (48-05.25) for fifth place overall. Natalie Ramirez finished 12th with a toss of 13.51m (44-04.00). Aidan Elbettar was 12th in the men's competition with a throw of 15.64m (51-03.75).
Trinity Rossum and Maddy Doane both qualified out of the preliminary heats into the 60m final. Rossum and Doane went 5-6 in the final and clocked times of 7.60 and 7.68, respectively. Deven Brown was 16th in the men's competition with a time of 7.03.
Liam Anderson was the Bruins' top finisher in the men's 60m hurdles, crossing with a time of 8.31 for 17th place overall. Alexandra Chan led a trio of Bruins in the women's competition, crossing at 8.98 for 20th place. Sonia Virk (9.00) and Amber Jackson (9.63) finished 22nd and 32nd overall, respectively.
Sophia Hartwell was UCLA's top finisher in the women's long jump competition, clearing 5.46m (17-11.00) on her first attempt. Jai Gruenwald (5.43m, 17-09.75) and Megan Ronan (5.38m, 17-08.00) were close behind in 26th and 28th, respectively.
Kyle Brown secured a 12th-place finish in the men's pole vault with a clearance of 4.65m (15-03.00).
Day Two – Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge
The Bruins are back for day two of the Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 5. Enos and Lieb are set to open the day bright and early at 5:30 a.m. PT with the heptathlon 60m hurdles. The women's and men's 4x400m relay competitions will close the meet program at 1:00 and 1:15 p.m. PT.