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Bruin 4x400m Relay Squads Impress on Final Day at Mt. SAC

Apr 16, 2022
From left: Catherine Leger, Kate Jendrezak, Shae Anderson, Makenzy Pierre-Webster (photo by Ryan Andersen)

UCLA's men's and women's 4x400m relay squads capped the team's week at the Mt. SAC Relays in style, with each quartet notching a season-best time en route to strong showings in the event on Saturday afternoon at Hilmer Lodge Stadium. The Bruins also sent a contingent of throwers to the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., capping a stretch of four-straight days of competition for UCLA Track & Field.
 
Mt. SAC Relays
The Bruin 4x4 squads were each placed into the invitational sections on Saturday afternoon.
 
The men's quartet of Ismail Turner, Myles Misener-Daley, Zaylon Thomas, and Cameron Reynolds finished second overall as the top collegiate team, crossing the line with a season-best time of 3:05.21. The UCLA men finished only behind a team of professional runners from USA Track & Field, which won the event with a time of 3:02.58.
 
The Bruin women's squad – comprised of Catherine Leger, Kate Jendrezak, Makenzy Pierre-Webster, and Shae Anderson – finished fourth overall and second in the collegiate competition. The team finished with a season-best time of 3:32.46, an almost five-second improvement from the squad's 3:37.38 performance at the West Coast Relays on March 31.
 
Beach Invitational
Jacob Wilson was the Bruins' top finisher in the men's shot put competition, taking third overall with a toss of 18.68m (61-03.50). Dayne Gordien earned a 22nd-place finish with a mark of 16.61m (54-06.00).
 
Lyvante Su'emai continued her strong debut campaign for the Bruins, finishing fifth in the women's discus as the top freshman in the meet. She posted a toss of 53.36m (175-0) in the event. Natalie Ramirez (48.59m, 159-5) and Lydia Liu (46.37m, 152-1) secured 17th and 27th place, respectively.
 
Su'emai also picked up a 13th-place finish in the women's shot put competition with a mark of 14.56m (47-09.25). Ramirez followed closely in 19th, going 14.34m (47-00.75).
 
The men's discus competition saw Aidan Elbettar and Ugonna Ikejiofor go 10-11 with marks of 54.84m (179-11) and 54.59m (179-1), respectively.
 
Next Meet
UCLA Track & Field sees its next action on Friday, April 22 at the UC Riverside Twilight. The Bruins then cap their regular season with a dual meet against USC on Sunday, May 1 at Loker Track Stadium on the Trojans' campus.