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Track & Field Splits Squads for Weekend Meets

Mar 31, 2022
Gino Cruz (photo by Don Liebig)

LOS ANGELES – UCLA Track & Field is set to continue its 2022 outdoor campaign with a pair of meets this weekend, with the team splitting up for the West Coast Relays and the Stanford Invitational.
 
The West Coast Relays will take place at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis, Calif. The only events being conducted on Thursday, March 31 will be the women's and men's hammer throw competitions, which get rolling at 3 p.m. PT. The rest of the meet program is scheduled for Friday, April 1.
 
The Stanford Invite is a two-day meet kicking off on Friday, featuring UCLA's distance runners.
 
Fee-based live streams of the West Coast Relays and Stanford Invitational will be available via FloTrack.
 
Last Time Out – Stanford Invitational (April 2-3, 2021)
The 2021 Stanford Invite saw the Bruins sweep the men's and women's 4x100m and 4x400m relay competitions. Makenzy Pierre-Webster and Catherine Leger went 1-2 in the women's 200m while Meleni Rodney cruised to a victory in the women's 400m with a time of 53.37. The women's javelin competition saw Ilaria Casarotto pick up the victory with a then-lifetime-best mark of 51.72m (169-8). Harrison Schrage finished second overall in the men's long jump, clearing 7.75m (25-05.50). Mia Cervantes was second overall in the women's pole vault with a clearance of 4.00m (13-01.50).
 
Meet Recap – Bob Larsen Distance Invite + Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invite
The Bruins are coming off their only home weekend of the season, as UCLA hosted the Bob Larsen Distance Invite and the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invite at Drake Stadium.
 
The distance carnival produced impressive performances across the board for the Bruins. Emma Tavella and Munir Kabbara won the women's and men's steeplechase competitions, respectively, and both entered UCLA's all-time top-10 lists in the event. Peter Herold picked up the win in the men's mile, crossing with a time of 4:02.13, the fastest time at Drake Stadium since Arturo Sotomayor went 4:03.07 in 2019. Gwyn George earned a convincing win in the women's 1500m, clocking a lifetime-best time of 4:23.12. Ashley Johnson took fifth and unleashed a massive PR of 4:30.73, an improvement of almost 21 seconds from her previous lifetime-best.
 
Running unattached in the Rafer/JJK Invite, 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. Tate Curran (pole vault) and Jacob Wilson (shot put) also picked up victories on, posting marks of 5.06m (16-07.25) and 18.70m (61-04.25), respectively.  
 
Leading the Pac
A trio of Bruins currently lead the Pac-12 atop the performance lists for their respective events. Emma Tavella is currently the Conference's top performer in the women's 3000m steeplechase. She ran 10:12.65 to win the steeple at Bob Larsen Distance Invitational (Mar. 25) in her first-ever appearance in the event. Tavella now ranks second all-time in UCLA history in the event. Munir Kabbara also etched his name into the UCLA record books in the men's steeple, clocking a time of 8:46.67 at the Bob Larsen Distance Invitational to win the event, climb atop the Pac-12 event rankings, and move into 10th place all-time in UCLA history. Tate Curran is leading the way in the pole vault, clearing 5.21m (17-01.00) at the Ben Brown Invite in Fullerton (Mar. 11).
 
NCAA West Preliminaries – 2022 Performance List
Qualification for the NCAA Outdoor Championships first requires qualification to the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds. The top 48 individuals and the top 24 relays in the West Region will qualify for Prelims. Below is a running list of Bruins who have posted times/marks that would qualify for Prelims, at the present moment:
 
Women's Qualifiers

  • 1. Emma Tavella – 3000m Steeplechase – 10:12.65 (Mar. 25)
  • 8. Gwyn George – 1500m – 4:23.12 (Mar. 25)
  • 11. Lyvante Su'emai – Discus – 53.67m (176-1) (Mar. 26)
  • 15. Sydney Johnson – Heptathlon – 4747 (Mar. 24)
  • 17. Gwyn George – 800m – 2:08.17 (Mar. 26)
  • 23. Lyvante Su'emai – Hammer – 59.70m (195-10) (Mar. 11)
  • 27. Jillian Stafford – Hammer – 59.15m (194-1) (Mar. 11)
  • 27. Lauren McFall – Javelin – 46.96m (154-1) (Mar. 11)
  • 27. Lyvante Su'emai – Shot Put – 15.31m (50-02.75) (Mar. 26)
  • 29. Maddy Doane – 200m – 23.93 (Mar. 26)
  • 31. Isa Videler – High Jump – 1.71m (5-07.25) (Mar. 24)
  • 34. Alyssa Bautista – 5000m – 16:57.83 (Mar. 25)
  • 34. Amber Jackson – Heptathlon – 3981 (Mar. 24)
  • 36. Chinyere Okoro – 200m – 24.00 (Mar. 11)
  • 37. Natalie Ramirez – Discus – 49.95m (163-10) (Mar. 26)
  • 39. Isa Videler – Heptathlon – 3809 (Mar. 24)
  • 42. Katerina Adamiec – Pole Vault – 3.89m (12-09.00) (Mar. 26)
  • T45. Amber Jackson – High Jump – 1.68m (5-06.00) (Mar. 24)
  • T45 Sydney Johnson – High Jump – 1.68m (5-06.00) (Mar. 24)
  • 47. Isa Videler – 400H – 1:01.89 (Mar. 26) 

Men's Qualifiers

  • 8. Munir Kabbara – 3000m steeplechase – 8:46.67 (Mar. 25)
  • 16. Jacob Wilson – Shot Put – 18.70m (61-04.25) (Mar. 26)
  • 19. Tate Curran – Pole Vault – 5.21m (17-01.00) (Mar. 11)
  • 26. Anoop Khatra – Javelin – 66.96m (219-8) (Mar. 11)
  • 27. Peter Herold – 1500m – 3:44.19 (mile conversion) (Mar. 25)
  • 31. Kris Emig – Hammer – 63.61m (208-8) (Mar. 11)
  • 34. Aidan Elbettar – Discus – 55.46m (181-11) (Mar. 11)
  • 35. Jacob Wilson – Hammer – 63.02m (208-8) (Mar. 26)
  • 41. Ajani Salcido – 1500m – 3:45.47 (mile conversion) (Mar. 25)
  • T45. Aaron Kim – High Jump – 2.06m (6-09.00) (Mar. 26)
  • T45 Sean Lee – High Jump – 2.06m (6-09.00) (Mar. 26)

UCLA All-Time Top 10 List – 2022 Season Times/Marks
Below is a running list of Bruins who have achieved all-time program top-10 marks this season:

  • 2. Emma Tavella – Women's 3000m Steeplechase – 10:12.65
  • 10. Muinr Kabbara – Men's 3000m Steeplechase – 8:46.67