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Bruins Head to Eugene for Pac-12 Championships

May 12, 2022
From left: Kyle Brown, Katerina Adamiec, Camryn Thomson (photo by Ryan Andersen)

LOS ANGELES – UCLA Track & Field opens its 2022 postseason campaign at the Pac-12 Championships, hosted by the University of Oregon at Hayward Field. The three-day Conference Meet kicks off on Friday, May 11 and runs through Sunday, May 13.
 
Pac-12 Networks is set to cover the action on all three days of competition from various platforms, including live on Pac-12 Network, the Pac-12 Now app, and Pac-12.com.
 
Friday's competition begins with the decathlon 100m at 2 p.m. PT. Various prelim heats for sprint and hurdle events will take place on Friday with the day's action concluding with the women's 10,000m final. The men's hammer throw is the first field event to get rolling on Saturday, with a start time of 1:45 p.m. PT. The men's 3000m steeplechase competition concludes the action on Saturday at 6:20 p.m. PT. The relay competitions highlight Sunday's meet program, with the 4x100m relays and 4x400m relays opening and closing the day, respectively.
 
PROGRAM HISTORY – UCLA at the Pac-12 Championships
UCLA Track & Field has a decorated history at the Pac-12 Championships on the women's and men's sides. The Bruin women own 14 Conference titles, including a streak of eight-consecutive team victories from 1997-2004. Bruin legends Gail Devers (100mH), Amy Acuff (high jump), Valeyta Althouse (shot put), and Suzy Powell (discus) maintain Pac-12 Championship meet records. The men's program has compiled 18 league titles, with the team taking its most recent victory in 2004. The Bruin men won five-straight Pac-12 titles from 1992-96. Ato Boldon (200m), Greg Foster (110mH), John Godina (Shot Put), Julian Wruck (Discus), Greg Johnson (Javelin), and the Bruins' 4x100m squad of 1988 all own Conference Meet records.
 
LOOKING BACK – 2021 Pac-12 Championships
Harrison Schrage picked up an individual league title in the long jump, clearing 7.81m (25-07.50) on his first attempt for the victory. Ilaria Casarotto notched a new school record in the women's javelin, going 53.09m (174-2) for a third-place podium spot. Then freshman Kate Jendrezak was also a standout for the Bruins, as she finished fourth overall in the 800m final with a time of 2:04.46. It was the fourth-fastest time in UCLA history in the event. The UCLA women and men finished in sixth and eighth place overall in the team standings, respectively.
 
MEET RECAP – USC Dual Meet (May 1, 2022)
The Bruin women suffered a heartbreaking defeat against the Trojans earlier in May, falling by a final score of 81-80. UCLA's men's squad fell by a score of 88-76, just missing a tie with a narrow defeat in the 4x400m relay. UCLA's distance squad was dominant on Sunday, picking up 49 of a possible 54 points across the men's and women's 1500m, 3000m, and 3000m steeplechase competitions. Amber Jackson (high jump) and Rose Pittman (800m) picked up event wins in their respective debuts in the USC Dual. Natalie Ramirez had an impressive day in multiple events, picking up lifetime-best marks in the shot put (15.33m, 50-03.50) and discus (52.51m, 173-1).
 
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. The Pac-12 Meet is the final competition in which the Bruin women and men can earn qualifying marks. Below is a running list of Bruins who have posted times/marks that would qualify for Prelims, at the present moment:
 
Women's Qualifiers – 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, Shae Anderson (200m, 400m), Alyssa Bautista (10,000m), Sydney Johnson (heptathlon), Catherine Leger (100m, 200m), Lauren McFall (javelin), Chinyere Okoro (100m), Rose Pittman (800m), Natalie Ramirez (discus), Jillian Stafford (hammer), Lyvante Su'emai (shot put, discus, hammer), Emma Tavella (3000m steeplechase), Isa Videler (heptathlon)
 
Men's Qualifiers – 4x400m relay, Tate Curran (pole vault), Aidan Elbettar (discus), Kris Emig (hammer), Peter Herold (3000m steeplechase), Ugonna Ikejiofor (discus), Munir Kabbara (3000m steeplechase), Anoop Khatra (javelin), Sean Lee (high jump), Myles Misener-Daley (400m), Cameron Reynolds (400m), Ismail Turner (400m), Jacob Wilson (shot put, hammer)
 
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
  • 5. Kris Emig – Men's Hammer – 65.80m (215-10)
  • 8. Rose Pittman – Women's 800m – 2:05.12
  • 9. Lyvante Su'emai – Women's Hammer – 59.70m (195-10)
  • 10. Jillian Stafford – Women's Hammer – 59.15m (194-0)
  • 10. Munir Kabbara – Men's 3000m Steeplechase – 8:46.67