Feb. 10, 2012
Alec Faldermeyer and Mike Woepse secured their places in the NCAA Indoor Championships after impressive performances on Friday in Albuquerque at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational. Both sophomores punched their ticket to nationals after hitting the automatic qualifying mark in their respective events.
Faldermeyer came into the meet ranked 13th nationally in the weight throw, but now finds himself ranked fourth in the NCAA after unleashing a monster throw of 70-11.25 to win the event. That mark is just 2.25 inches shy of the school record, set in 2003 by Danny Ames (71-2.50). The two-time All-American won the event by over two feet.
Woepse, who equaled his lifetime-best of 17-8.50 last weekend, cleared 18-00.50 in the pole vault to win the event and automatically qualify for NCAAs. That mark ties him for No. 2 in the NCAA this season and moves him into a tie for sixth all-time in UCLA history. After clearing 18-00.50, Woepse moved the bar up to 18-4 and had several solid attempts at the height.
The sophomore duo weren't the only ones posting big marks on Friday as Dillon Stucky had a big night in the triple jump. The junior finished third in the triple jump with a huge lifetime-best of 50-9.25, bettering his previous best of 49-11. That mark puts Stucky just outside the top 25 in the NCAA this season.
On the track, three Bruins posted lifetime-best performances, led by junior Maxwell Dyce in the 200m. Dyce was the top collegiate finisher and third overall with a very fast time of 21.10. That moves him into the top 10 in the NCAA this season. Junior Karlton Rolle was 13th with a season-best time of 21.65, while sophomore R.J. Frasier was 14th with a lifetime-best run of 21.66.
Over in Seattle at the Husky Classic, freshman Dustin Fay had a huge night as he ran one of the top 20 5000m times in the NCAA this season. Fay finished 11th overall in the invite section with a time of 13:49.96.
A few distance runners will be in action on Saturday in Seattle as day two of the Husky Classic gets underway.