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Bruins Head to Seattle for Inaugural Pac-12 Invitational

Feb 24, 2022
Aidan Elbettar (photo by Ryan Andersen)

LOS ANGELES – UCLA Track & Field continues its 2022 indoor campaign with a trip back to Seattle, Wash., for the inaugural Pac-12 Invitational at Dempsey Indoor. The two-day competition kicks off on Friday, Feb. 25.
Meet Information – Pac-12 Invitational
The Pac-12 Invitational marks the end of an era for UCLA's indoor track & field for the Bruins. Traditionally, UCLA has competed in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship as the annual league championship meet. This year, Pac-12 schools chose to host their own invitational ahead of the NCAA Indoor Championships.
The meet schedule will open on Friday, Feb. 25. The women's weight throw gets things started at 12 p.m. PT and the heptathlon men's 60m dash is the first event on the track at 10:30 a.m. PT. Saturday's competition opens with the women's high jump at 10 a.m. PT and closes with the men's 4x400m relay at 3 p.m. PT.
Meet Recap – Husky Classic, Don Kirby Invite
The Bruins split squads on Feb. 11-12 and headed to the Husky Classic and Don Kirby Invite, coming away with impressive performances at both regular-season meets.
Freshman Lyvante Su'emai led the way for the Bruin women in the weight throw, finishing sixth overall with a lifetime-best mark of 18.05m (59-02.75). Su'emai is now tied for ninth on UCLA's all-time list in the event. Fellow first-year Sydney Johnson notched a lifetime-best clearance of 1.73m (5-08.00) in the high jump for sixth place overall. Ronan McMahon-Staggs entered the UCLA record books with his 5000m performance in Seattle, as the sophomore ran 14:01.19 for the eighth-fastest indoor time in program history. Peter Herold was the Bruins' top finisher in the men's mile at 11th place overall, flying to a lifetime-best time of 4:01.75 to position himself sixth on UCLA's all-time list in the event. The UCLA women capped the day in Albuquerque with a victory in the 4x400m relay, as the quartet of Kate JendrezakMakenzy Pierre-WebsterCatherine Leger, and Maddy Doane clocked a time of 3:38.36 for the win.
Notes on the Bruins

  • Student-athletes on UCLA's current roster have produced 30 times/marks on the program's all-time top 10 indoor list.
  • Peter Herold has etched his name in UCLA's record books twice this indoor season, going 4:01.75 in the mile and 7:59.67 in the 3000m for sixth place all-time in program indoor history in both events.
    • Herold is only the sixth Bruin in UCLA indoor history to duck under the eight-minute barrier in the 3000m.
  • The Bruin women have produced four top-10 positions in the 60m and 200m, including a school-record performance of 23.33 for Makenzy Pierre-Webster in the 200m.

Qualifying for NCAA Indoor Championships
The Pac-12 Invitational will be an excellent opportunity for the Bruins to achieve times and marks will result in qualification for the NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala. (March 11-12). The top 16 men and women from each individual event and the top 12 relay squads across the nation will earn qualifying bids to NCAAs. 
Bruins on National Indoor Performance List (Top 100)

  • 14. Isa Videler – Pentathlon (4,089 pts)
  • 33. Makenzy Pierre-Webster – 200m (23.40*)
  • 34. Catherine Leger – 200m (23.41*)
  • 51. Tate Curran – Pole Vault (5.18m, 17-00.00)
  • 51. Women's Distance Medley Relay (11:29.37)
  • 54. Ismail Turner – 400m (46.96*)
  • 56. Men's 4x400m Relay (3:10.09*)
  • 62. Sean Lee – High Jump (2.10m, 6-10.75)
  • 64. Jacob Wilson – Shot Put (18.04m, 59-02.25)
  • 64. Makenzy Pierre-Webster – 60m (7.40)
  • 70. Sydney Johnson – Pentathlon (3,712 pts)
  • 80. Nura Muhammad – Triple Jump (12.45m, 40-10.25)
  • 83. Lyvante Su'emai – Shot Put (15.50m, 50-10.25)
  • 89. Rose Pittman – 800m (2:07.65)
  • 94. Ronan McMahon-Staggs – 5000m (14:01.19)

*Time adjusted for altitude