March 23, 2013
Discus thrower Julian Wruck set a UCLA school record (65.04m/213-5) in a winning performance for the No. 12 Bruins (149 points) over No. 4 Texas (147.5 points) and No. 2 Arkansas (84.50 points) Saturday at the Texas State Elite Meet.
Coming into this weekend, Wruck was second all-time in Bruin's discus throw history, a mark he set just over a month ago during the indoor season in his Bruins debut. In a return to Texas, the Olympian Wruck threw one of the top marks in his career to surpass the great John Godina for best all-time in UCLA history.
"[Godina] is not only a legend as a Bruin, but also as one of the greatest throwers in the history of the sport," Director of Track & Field Mike Maynard explained following his team's victory over two of the nation's top five teams. "To take a mark like that is huge. It was a super job today by Julian."
Wruck had one of several event victories for the Bruins Saturday in San Marcos. All-American Alec Faldermeyer began the day for the Bruins with a winning throw of 61.06m/200-4 to give the Bruins the full ten points in the team category.
On the track, senior Maxwell Dyce had a massive day for the Bruins, claiming three event titles. His first win came in the men's 4x100m relay (40.09) alongside Blake Selig, Karlton Rolle and Yusef Merriweather. He also sprinted to wins in both the 100m (10.46) and 200m (20.77). For the second year in a row, Dyce ran away with the 200m title by setting a UCLA-Texas meet record.
Lane Werley also ran to victory in the 3,000m in record-setting fashion. The RS freshman finished with a time of 8:13.12, a full 13 seconds better than former Bruin Alex Craybill's performance in 2011.
But the men's upset didn't come easy Saturday. Junior captain Mike Woepse was unable to record a height in the men's pole vault and could not capture any points in the event. UCLA also missed an opportunity in the triple jump, where Dillon Stucky withdrew from competition because of a foot injury.
Maynard commended the team for their ability to overcome adversity in such competitive circumstances.
"There were a couple places we weren't able to score points today, but the team found ways to get the points we needed," Maynard said. "It was a great team effort."
The Bruin men will remain in Texas where they will be joined by the women's team for next week's Texas Relays in Austin.