Track & Field Impresses at West Coast Relays, Stanford Invitational
UCLA Track & Field split squads for a busy Friday, competing at the West Coast Relays in Clovis, Calif., and the Stanford Invitational. The Bruins notched event victories across the board in Clovis and the distance squad also posted strong showings at Stanford.
West Coast Relays – Clovis, Calif.
Catherine Leger picked up a pair of victories on Friday, going 11.49 in the 100m and 23.32 in the 200m in her season outdoor debut. The men's 100m saw Cristian Moore pick up the win with a time of 10.67 while Myles Misener-Daley took the victory in the 200m with a time of 20.92.
Cameron Reynolds was sensational in the men's 400m, going 46.11 for a lifetime-best time and the victory, finishing over a second ahead of his nearest challenger. Maddy Doane was impressive in the women's competition, flying to a lifetime-best time of 54.40 for second place overall. It was Doane's first-career sub-55 time.
UCLA's relay squads were formidable in Clovis, as the men swept the 4x100m (40.06) and 4x400m (3:09.29) relay competitions while the women secured a victory in the 4x400m (3:37.38) relay. Friday's performances marked the Bruins' first appearance in any relay this outdoor season.
Rose Pittman and Kate Jendrezak toed the line for the Bruins in the women's 800m, going 1-2 in the race and notching times of 2:06.22 and 2:08.14, respectively.
The Bruins also secured victories in the men's and women's high jump competitions. Sean Lee notched a strong clearance of 2.16m (7-01.00), going over the bar on his second attempt at the height. Freshman Amber Jackson secured her first collegiate victory in the event, clearing 1.72m (5-07.75).
Aidan Elbettar notched a massive PR in the discus, clearing 58.47m (191-10) for a victory in the event. The mark is tied for 10th-best in the country this year and is a top-3 mark among freshmen throwers thus far.
Stanford Invitational – Stanford, Calif.
Gwyn George continued her impressive 2022 outdoor campaign, lowering her 1500m PR once again with a 4:20.77 performance. She earned seventh place in her heat and is now just over two seconds away from ranking among UCLA's top 10 all-time performers in the event.
Ashley Johnson and Sophia Hoelzel also posted lifetime-best performances in the 1500m. Johnson picked up her second-straight PR with a time of 4:30.03, lowering her personal-best by over a half a second. Hoelzel, who had a previous best of 4:35.22 in the event, secured a time of 4:33.58.
Freshman Ajani Salcido led the Bruin men in the 1500m, finishing third in his heat with a time of 3:48.07. Jake Parker (3:49.01) and Anthony Stone (3:50.95) were close behind in the same heat, finishing fifth and seventh overall, respectively.
Peter Herold toed the line in the invite section of the men's 3000m steeplechase, notching a time of 8:47.27 in his season debut in the event.
The Bruins' weekend will wrap on Saturday as a group of distance runners will compete in various heats of the 800m at Stanford.