Four Bruins Score on Day One of Pac-12 Championships
Eugene, Ore. – UCLA Track & Field had a strong showing on the opening day of the Pac-12 Championships, with four Bruins earning points on Friday at Hayward Field. A trio of pole vaulters and javelin thrower Lauren McFall got the Bruins on the scoresheet early in the competition.
The men's pole vault competition saw Tate Curran tie for second overall the event, with the senior clearing 5.01m (16-05.25) to earn seven points for the Bruins. Fellow senior Kyle Brown picked up a point with an eighth-place finish and a mark of 4.61m (15-01.50).
A third-place result was claimed by Katerina Adamiec in the women's pole vault competition. She notched her best-ever Pac-12 finish with a third-place showing for six points for the Bruin women, clearing 3.93m (12-10.75) on her second attempt at the height.
McFall added five points for the Bruin women in the javelin, finishing fourth overall with a mark of 47.15m (154-8).
UCLA's 200m squad took care of business in the women's prelims, as Shae Anderson, Makenzy Pierre-Webster, and Catherine Leger all earned qualifying spots for Sunday's final. Anderson and Pierre-Webster went 1-2 in Heat 1 with times of 23.46 and 23.60, respectively.
Isa Videler and Sydney Johnson are both competing in the heptathlon and opened their weekend with the first four events of the competition. Videler earned first place in the heptathlon high jump with a clearance of 1.70m (5-07.00) and currently sits fifth overall with 3233 points. Johnson is ninth with 3058 points and also performed well in the high jump, taking third place with a mark of 1.67m (5-05.75). The remaining events of the heptathlon will be completed on Saturday.
Alyssa Bautista earned a 12th-place showing in the 10,000m with a time of 34:12.41. She was just under a second away from her lifetime-best time of 34:11.79, which was already the third-fastest performance in school history in the event. Mia Kane also picked up a PR in the 1500m, as the freshman went 4:28.90 in the prelims.
The Pac-12 Championships are set to continue on Saturday in Eugene. The decathlon hurdles will kick off the action at 11 a.m. PT.