Distance Squad Shakes Up Record Books at Pac-12 Invite
Seattle, Wash. – UCLA's distance runners put on a show to cap day one of the Pac-12 Invitational at Dempsey Indoor in Seattle, as a trio of 5000m runners and the women's distance medley relay (DMR) squad etched their names into the program record books.
Peter Herold impressed in his first collegiate 5000m race on the track, going a lifetime-best 13:46.12 for second place overall and the second-fastest time in UCLA indoor history. The Newport Beach, Calif., native now has all-time top-10 marks at UCLA in the indoor mile (No. 6), 3000m (No. 6), 5000m (No. 2).
Emma Tavella also climbed the program leaderboards in the women's 5000m, posting a lifetime-best time of 16:29.06 for fifth place overall and fourth on UCLA's all-time indoor list. Alyssa Bautista was 11th at 16:57.20, the seventh-fastest time in program indoor history. Tavella and Bautista are two of just seven Bruin women to ever break the 17-minute barrier in the indoor 5000m.
The final event for the Bruins on Friday was the women's DMR. The quartet of Rose Pittman, Shae Anderson, Kate Jendrezak, and Gwyn George combined to run 11:25.24, the ninth-fastest time in program history.
Liam Anderson competed in the 60m hurdles and continued his ascent on UCLA's all-time top 10 in the event. Already sitting 10th coming into the Pac-12 Invite, Anderson notched a time of 8.04 in the prelims, the sixth-fastest time in program history. He'll be back for the final heat on Saturday.
Camryn Thomson led the way for the Bruin women in the pole vault, clearing 3.82m (12-08.25) for sixth place overall. Isabella Grant (T8th), Katerina Adamiec (T8th), and Mia Cervantes (12th) all cleared 3.72m (12-02.50). Tate Curran finished fifth for UCLA in the men's competition, clearing 4.98m (16-04.00) for fifth place overall. Kyle Brown was close behind in ninth with a clearance of 4.83m (15-10.00).
Lyvante Su'emai and Natalie Ramirez finished ninth and 18th, respectively, in the women's weight throw competition. Su'emai cleared 17.33m (56-10.25) on her first throw while Ramirez went 14.74m (48-04.50) on her third toss.
Aiden Lieb had a great start to his heptathlon, securing PRs in three events, including victories in the heptathlon 60m (7.02) and long jump (7.01m, 23-00.00) competitions. He currently sits third with 2966 points after four events. Alex Enos is currently ninth with 2678 points, earning a lifetime-best mark in the shot put of 10.64m (34-11.00).
The Bruins are back for day two of the Pac-12 Invite on Saturday, Feb. 26. The first events of the day are the women's high jump and women's shot put, both kicking off at 10 a.m. PT. The heptathlon 60m hurdles is the first event on the track (10:30 a.m. PT).