Bruins Cap Home Weekend with Rafer/JJK Invite
LOS ANGELES – UCLA Track & Field capped its only home weekend of the outdoor season with strong showings at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational on Saturday at Drake Stadium. UCLA's 2022 senior class was also honored toward the end of the meet with a ceremony on the track.
Gwyn George got the action started for the Bruin women in the 800m, finishing second overall with a lifetime-best time of 2:08.17. George was terrific this weekend, as the senior already ran a personal-best time of 4:23.12 to win the 1500m competition at the Bob Larsen Distance Invitational on Friday evening.
Sonia Virk was UCLA's top finisher in the women's 100m hurdles, crossing with a time of 14.35 for second place overall in the event. Alexandra Chan was fourth with a time of 14.63. Aiden Lieb (14.66) and Liam Anderson (14.75) went 3-4, respectively in the men's 110H competition.
Running unattached, Shae Anderson earned victories in the 100m and 200m, going 11.72 and 23.44 in the events, respectively. Maddy Doane followed closely in both events, earning third and second place finishes with times of 11.84 and 23.93, respectively. Chase Wells was fifth in the men's competition, crossing with a time of 21.77.
Tate Curran secured the victory in the men's pole vault on his senior day, clearing 5.06m 16-07.25) for the win. Katerina Adamiec was the Bruins' top finisher on the women's side, as the sophomore went 3.89m (12-09.00) for third place overall.
The Bruin women picked up three of the top four positions in the discus competition, with Lyvante Su'emai earning the victory with a mark of 53.67m (176-1). Natalie Ramirez (49.95m, 153-0) and Lydia Liu (45.83m, 150-4) took second and fourth place, respectively. Dayne Gordien secured fifth place in the men's competition with a toss of 50.64m (166-1).
Jacob Wilson secured a victory in the shot put on his senior day, going 18.70m (61-04.25) for the win. Gordien took second place with a toss of 16.93m (55-06.50). Su'emai won the women's competition to secure the sweep for the Bruins, taking the win with a toss of 15.31m (50-02.75). Ramirez was close behind in second with a mark of 14.69m (48-02.50).
Senior Matt DeRoos was the Bruins' top finisher in the men's long jump, finishing third overall with a mark of 7.19m (23-07.25) Lieb was close behind in fourth, winning his flight with a mark of 7.07m (23-02.50). Kyrah Johnson led the way for the Bruin women in the event, securing a lifetime-best clearance of 5.20m (17-00.75).
UCLA is back in action for a pair of meets this upcoming week. The team will split squads for the West Coast Relays in Fresno on Friday, April 1 and the Stanford Invite on Saturday, April 2.