April 17, 2010
The men's track and field team fell to the Oregon Ducks in dual meet action on Saturday in Eugene. Despite the loss, the Bruins swept three events and posted seven event wins. It was the third year the Bruins had traveled to Oregon to compete head-to-head against the Ducks. This year, Oregon won by a score of 92-71 in front of the largest crowd in the last three years of the meet (5209 in attendance).
Dylan Knight had the most impressive performance of the meet as he led a Bruin sweep in the steeplechase with a lifetime-best run. Knight ran the No. 3 time in the NCAA (8th all-time in UCLA school history) with his winning time of 8:48.84. Knight's twin brother Spencer was second running 9:08.89. David McDonald was third as he also ran a lifetime-best (9:12.44).
The Bruins also swept the shot put and discus. Bo Taylor led the way in the discus with a mark of 173-4, followed by Thomas Nagengast (163-5) and Mark Weber (163-2, season-best). Nigel Davies won the shot put with a throw of 55-2.25, followed by Taylor (54-9.50) and Weber (54-8.25, season-best).
UCLA took victories in three of the four distance races contested - 800m, Steeple and 5000m. Cory Primm won the 800m with a solid time of 1:49.09. Alex Crabill won the 5000m with a new lifetime-best mark of 14:11.57. Kent Morikawa was third in the 5000m, running a season-best 14:17.83. Marlon Patterson was third in the 1500m with a time of 3:47.83.
One surprise win for the Bruins came in the 400m hurdles as David Klarer won with a season-best time of 53.15. Oregon's Justin Cross tripped over the final hurdle and Klarer seized the opportunity to win.
In the high jump, Nelson Rosario, who had flown in late Friday evening after football practice, cleared a lifetime-best 6-10.25 to finish third overall. He also finished second in the long with a mark of 23-8.25. Jonathan Clark finished second in the triple jump (47-1.50) and third in the long (22-10). Johnny Quinn finished second in the vault with a mark of 16-7.50. Casey DiCesare, also with a clearance of 16-7.50 finished third.
While the majority of the men's team was in Eugene, a few athletes competed at the Mt. SAC Relays. Alec Govi ran a lifetime-best of 14:44.35 in Section C of the open 5000m to finish 12th overall (old best, 15:00.78). Bisrat Zerehaimanot was 16th, also in Section C, with a lifetime-best of 14:53.13 (old best, 15:32.39)
The Bruins will send a small contingent to San Diego for the UCSD Triton Classic next weekend, while the majority of the team will rest up for the final home meet of the season, the annual dual meet battle with USC (May 1st).