June 10, 2006
Senior Craig Everhart capped off his final NCAA Championship competition with his first individual All-American honor in the 400m as UCLA tied for 22nd overall (12 points) in Sacramento, CA. Florida State won the meet with 57 points.
Everhart, running out of lane two, finished seventh in a time of 45.70 to earn his first and last outdoor individual All-American honor of his career. In all, Everhart tallied five All-American accolades during his time at UCLA.
"I felt fine during the race, but through the rounds I felt my legs getting a little tired," said Everhart. I was mentally ready coming into the meet and focused on executing my race. I would have liked to run faster (sub 44 seconds), but the way I see it is, this is only one race in a long career of mine. There will be more championships to go through and faster times to run."
"I just wish I had two more years with this team because the athletes that are coming in next year, coupled with the return of Brandon (Johnson) and Kevin (Craddock) make this team a serious contender for the national title"
"It was exciting to see Craig get his first outdoor individual All-American honor," said Sprint Coach Tony Veney. "It just continues the great tradition of 400m runners. I can't wait to see what the next level holds for him, and up next is USA's."
On having Craig as an athlete "Craig is tremendously coachable and he buys in to my system. Having someone buy into a system really helps, and although he has had three coaches in four years, he bought into what I had to say."
On the future of UCLA track
"The future is so bright for this team. The way I see it is, you have to be blessed with genetics and be fortunate to do well at NCAA's. Next year's team will have the genetics we need to make a run for that title."
In all, UCLA had five All-American performances at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships - Mike Landers in the pole vault (3rd, 18-0.50), Greg Garza in the discus (7th, 183-2), Kevin Craddock in the 110m hurdles (8th, 13.76), Boldizsar Kocsor in the hammer (13th, 204-11) and Craig Everhart in the 400m (7th, 45.70).
UCLA's finish at this year's meet was the most points the Bruins have scored since 2004 when UCLA placed 17th with 17 points.
Final Team Scores (top-10)
1. Florida State 67; 2. LSU 51; 3. Texas 36; 4. Arizona 34; 5. Arkansas 33; 6. Tennessee 32; 7. UTEP 31; 8. Wisconsin 30; 9. USC 26; 9. BYU 26; 9. UNC 26; 22nd. UCLA 11.
Several Bruins will continue to train as they prepare for the USATF Senior and Junior National Championships, held in Indianapolis, IN June 21-25.