May 12, 2013
The men's and women's teams finished the 2013 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships in third (98.5 pts.) and fourth (87.33 pts.), respectively, as the meet came to a close Sunday evening at USC's Katherine B. Loker Stadium.
The top finisher on the day for the Bruins was redshirt junior Julian Wruck, who rolled through the competition to claim in the men's discus throw to claim his first Pac-12 Conference title (65.41m/214-7). He defeated the defending Pac-12 champion Matthew Kosecki, who finished second overall (58.70m/192-7). Wruck, who already holds the conference record (66.32m/217-7), broke the conference meet record Sunday, besting John Godina's record set back in 1995 (64.54m/211-9). To see clips of the best throws for both Wruck and Kosecki, please click here.
With individual event victories from Mike Woepse (pole vault) and Wruck (discus), the UCLA men have earned at least one individual conference title in each of the last 49 years.
On the women's side, Brea Buchanan put an exclamation point on a fantastic outdoor season, running a lifetime best 12.77 in the women's 100m hurdles final en route to a second place finish. She finished just behind Stanford's Kori Carter, but her time is 5th all-time in Pac-12 history and is No. 2 all-time in UCLA history. Buchanan was also part of a scoring trio for the Bruins in the women's 100m final, finishing fourth overall (11.71).
For the Bruin women, this marks the best team finish at the conference since championships since their third-place finish in 2007. On the men's side, this is the second time in three years they have finished in third. The Oregon Ducks swept the championships (men, 149.5 pts.; women, 139 pts.) for the fifth year in a row.
Below is a recap of all Bruin performances Sunday. The Pac-12 Networks will show today's broadcast of the Pac-12 Championships this Wednesday, May 15, at 6pm PT.
Sunday's Track Results
Women's 100mH Final - The Bruins picked up 11 points, as sophomore Brea Buchanan, running in her second event, placed second (eight points) and freshman Trinity Wilson, also running in her second event, finished sixth (13.55,w0.1, three points). Buchanan was nipped at the finish line, as Stanford's Kori Carter won with a time of 12.76 to Buchanan's 12.77 (a personal best, No. 5 Pac-12 all-time and No. 2 UCLA all-time, moving ahead of Sheena Johnson's 12.79 set at the 2004 Pac-10 meet.) The school record holder is Gail Devers' then-collegiate record 12.61 in 1988. Buchanan's previous best was 12.95 set on April 27 at USC when the Bruin women defeated the Trojans in the annual dual meet.
Women's 100m Final - UCLA earned 13 points as three Bruins scored in the event. Sophomore Kylie Price, running in her second event of the day, placed second with a time of 11.48(w-0.6, eight points). Sophomore Brea Buchanan, competing in her third consecutive running event, finished in a tie for fourth (11.71, four points) and freshman Kelly Rhines was eighth (11.91, one point).
Women's 800m Final - Senior Danielle Low placed eighth (2:11.56) to earn one team point for the Bruins.
Women's 400mH Final - Senior Turquoise Thompson picked up six team points for the Bruins by placing finishing third as the race's top three runners all ran marks that made it into the Pac-12 all-time 400m hurdles Top 10 chart. Thompson's time of 55.18 was a personal-best, No. 6 UCLA all-time and No. 10 Pac-12 all-time. Thompson's previous personal best was 55.25, run at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, where she finished second for the second consecutive year. The 2013 Pac-12 400m hurdles winner, Stanford's Kori Carter who earlier in the day won the 100m hurdles, had a winning time of 54.21, currently the fastest time in the World, a Pac-12 Championship record, No. 4 Pac-12 all-time and stadium record. The old conference mark was set by UCLA's Sheena Johnson (54.32, 2004) and the previous stadium record was set by Bruin Joanna Hayes (56.02, 1999).
Women's 5000m Final - Senior Sarah Toberty, one of three UCLA runners in the event, just missed scoring one team point, placing ninth in a personal-best time of 16:53.25. Also running for UCLA were sophomores, Kelsey Smith (11th, 16:58.98) and Annie Mooney (13th, 17:11.71).
Women's 4x400m Relay Final - The Bruins (sophomore Katherine Reid, senior Turquoise Thompson, sophomore Ally Courtnall, and senior Danielle Low) were victorious in heat one, running a season-best mark of 3:36.73. Their time was No. 4 overall, earning five team points for the Bruins and giving UCLA a final point tally of 87.33 points.
Men's 4x100m Relay - The UCLA 4x100m relay team finished eighth overall in the men's 4x100m relay final (41.48). The senior captain Dyce sustained an injury (quadriceps) during the race, and was forced to withdraw from the 100m and 200m finals.
Men's 100mH Final - Senior Dominic Giovannoni ran 14.76 on his way to a sixth place finish in the men's 100mH final. Although he was unable to improve upon his performance, he picked up a crucial three points for the UCLA men.
Men's 400m Final - Sophomore Pete Lauderdale, the Bruins' sole representative in the men's 400m final, picked up three team points in a sixth place finish (47.36; w2.2).
Men's 400mH Final - In his Pac-12 Championships debut, freshman Jarrett Gonzales ran 53.24 in the men's 400m hurdles en route to an eighth place finish.
Men's 5,000m Final - Redshirt freshman Lane Werley led the way for the Bruins in the men's 5,000m race Sunday afternoon, taking second overall (14:06.04) in a race that came down to the last 100 meters. Teammate Dustin Fay led the race for a short time, and crossed the finish line in seventh place (14:13.8; season best). Other Bruin finishers: Daniel Herrera, 20th (14:48.72) and Sergey Sushchikh, 22nd (14:49.00).
Men's 4x400m Relay Final - In the championship meet's final event, the Bruin 4x400m relay team finished fourth in their respective heat, and ninth overall (3:11.06; season best).
Sunday's Field Results
Women's Triple Jump Final - Sophomore Faith Anumba placed sixth (12.56m/41-02.50, w1.4) to earn three team points for the Bruins.
Women's Pole Vault Final - UCLA earned 8.33 points in the pole vault, as senior Allison Koressel finished second overall and senior Liz Goodrich tied for eighth. Koressel passed on the first three heights, was successful on her first attempt at 3.97m/13-0.25, then cleared 4.07m/13-4.25 on her second attempt. She then missed on three attempts at 4.17m/13-8.25. The event's winner, Washington State's Kristine Felix, had the same best height (13-4.25) as Koressel, but the tie was broken based on the fact that she was able to clear the bar on her first attempt. Fellow Bruin vaulters Natasha Kolbo (13th) and Courtney Reginato (16th) successfully cleared 12-6.25, but had additional misses which prevented them from placing t-8th with Goodrich.
Men's Hammer Throw Final - Junior Alec Faldermeyer, the 2012 Pac-12 hammer throw champion, placed third overall (65.77m/215-9) in the men's hammer throw final Sunday morning at Cal State LA. The New York native has now recorded first (2012), second (2011) and third place finishes in his UCLA career at the conference championships.
Men's Triple Jump Final - In his final Pac-12 Championship meet, redshirt senior Dillon Stucky jumped his way to a ninth place finish in the men's triple jump (J14.28m/46-10.25). This is Stucky's second career ninth place finish at the conference championships.
Men's Discus Throw Final - The discus duo of Julian Wruck and Matthew Kosecki continued their dominance in the discus event, finishing 1-2 in Sunday's finals. Kosecki, the defending Pac-12 men's discus champion, was unable to repeat his winning result from 2012 but had a strong throw of 58.70m/192-7 to take second overall. Instead, the 2013 men's discus crown went to teammate Julian Wruck, who had a Pac-12 Championships meet record and stadium record performance (65.41m/214-7) to claim his first Pac-12 title. He eclipsed the meet record set by Bruin great John Godina in 1995 (64.54m/211-9).
Women's Team Scoring - FINAL
1. Oregon, 139 points
2. Arizona, 123 points
3. Arizona State, 110.33 points
4. UCLA, 87.33 points
5. Stanford, 86.50 points
6. USC, 81 points
7. Washington, 55.33 points
8. Washington State, 42 points
9. California, 41.50 points
10. Colorado, 32 points
11. Utah, 14 points
12. Oregon State, 6 points
Men's Team Scoring - FINAL
1. Oregon, 149.50 points
2. USC, 108 points
3. UCLA, 98.50 points
4. Arizona State, 94 points
5. Washington, 76 points
6. Colorado, 70 points
7. Arizona, 67 points
8. California, 66 points
9. Washington State, 45 points
10. Stanford, 43 points