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UCLA Throwers Lead the Way at Mt. SAC Relays

Apr 14, 2022
Aidan Elbettar (photo by Don Liebig)

UCLA Track & Field continued its busy week of action with contingents competing at the Mt. SAC Relays, the Bryan Clay Invitational, and the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate on Thursday evening. The throws squad took care of business in various preliminary rounds at Mt. SAC, as four Bruins qualified for final rounds later this weekend.
Aidan Elbettar and Ugonna Ikejiofor both qualified for Friday's final in the men's discus. Elbettar finished fourth in prelims with a toss of 54.97m (179-5) while Ikejiofor was sixth at 54.35m (178-3). Senior Jacob Wilson took seventh in the shot put prelims, clearing 18.21m (59-09.00). The women's discus at Mt. SAC saw freshman Lyvante Su'emai finish eighth in the preliminary filghts, notching a mark of 51.10m (167-8).
Isa Videler finished her heptathlon at Mt. SAC with an eighth-place finish overall, totaling 5,479 points. The senior capped her performance with a victory in the 800m competition with a time of 2:11.00.
UCLA's distance squad notched strong performances in the 5000m at Brian Clay. Sophomore Carlie Dorostkar unleashed a huge PR with a time of 16:59.0, improving on her previous best of 17:10.87 set at Drake Stadium at the Bob Larsen Distance Carnival. Senior Darius Riley finished 13th overall in his heat with a lifetime-best time of 14:12.21. Freshman Patrick Curulla just missed a PR in the event, finishing 10th in his heat with a time of 14:30.08.
Sydney Johnson wrapped up her heptathlon in Azusa and capped the day with 4,976 points, a 200+ point improvement from her previous best of 4,474 set in Riverside back in March. The freshman picked up a pair of top-8 event finishes: 200m (eighth, 25.19) and long jump (seventh, 5.92m).
The Bruins also had a pair of discus throwers compete at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate in Long Beach, Calif. Lydia Liu finished 13th overall in the women's competition with a mark of 48.29m (158-5). Gino Cruz took fifth place in his flight, clearing 44.54m (146-1).
The Mt. SAC Relays and Bryan Clay Invitational continue on Friday, with Bruins seeing first action in both meets at 10 a.m. PT.