May 11, 2013
Through the first day of competition at the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships, the UCLA men's and women's squads currently sit in first (53.5 pts.) and third place (33 pts.), respectively. The Bruins earned one event victory and picked up points from many strong performances at USC's Cromwell Field and Katherine B. Loker Stadium.
Junior captain Mike Woepse led the way for all Bruins Saturday, claiming the Pac-12 men's pole vault title in a season-best effort 5.46m/17-11. This is the first conference title for Woepse, who has previously finished third (2012) and 13th (2011). Woepse passed on all heights until his previous season-best, 5.16m/16-11, and cruised through his first two heights without a miss. He missed on his first attempt at 5.46m, but was able to clear the bar on his second attempt to secure the conference title. Click here to see a clip of Woepse's winning vault.
Other key final performances included second place finishes from Kylie Price (long jump) and Nicholas Scarvelis (shot put), and third place results from Ida Storm (hammer), Michael Perry (long jump) and Derek Eager (javelin).
UCLA Track & Field also had a very successful day on the track, qualifying athletes in all but four running events. Below is a recap of all of the events from Day One.
The 2013 Pac-12 Tack & Field Championships resume tomorrow, Sunday, May 12, at 9 am PT with the men's hammer throw. Running event finals kick off with the women's 4x100m relay final at 1 pm PT. For live results, please click here.
Women's 3000m Steeplechase Final - No entries.
Women's 4 X 100m Relay (qual.) - The decision was made to scratch the qualifying races for the men's and women's 4x100m relays. All teams will advance to tomorrow's finals.
Women's 100m Hurdles (qual.) - The Bruins qualified two runners to Sunday's final, sophomore No. 1 seed Trinity Wilson. Buchanan won heat three (13.03, w-1.7, second-best qualifying mark) and in Heat Two, Wilson placed second (personal-best 13.40, w-3.6, No. 5 qualifying mark). In Heat One, sophomore Kimberly Conner finished sixth (personal legal best 14.16, w-1.8) and did not advance to Sunday's final. At last weekend's conference multi-event championships at USC, Conner placed sixth (personal-best 5,165 points) in the heptathlon to earn the Bruins three team points.
Women's 400m (qual.) - UCLA did not advance a runner to Sunday's final but both UCLA runners ran personal-bests in the prelims. In Heat One sophomore Ally Courtnall finished third (54.18) and sophomore Katherine Reid placed sixth (55.86).
Women's 100m (qual.) - UCLA advanced three runners, sophomores Trinity Wilson (Heat Two, sixth-place, personal-best 12.06, w1.1).
Women's 800m (qual.) - The Bruins qualified one runner for Sunday's final, senior Danielle Low who placed fifth in Heat One (2:09.80, No.7 overall qualifier). Junior Tiffany LaMar ran in Heat Two and finished seventh (2:33.56).
Women's 400m Hurdles (qual.) - Senior Laurie Femmel also ran in the first heat, finishing fifth (1:02.97) and will not advance to tomorrow's final.
Women's 200m (qual.) - The Bruins did not qualify anyone for Sunday's final. In Heat One, senior Kelly Rhines was fifth (personal-best 24.07, w1.2).
Men's 4x100m Relay (qual.) - The decision was made to scratch the qualifying races for the men's and women's 4x100m relays. All teams will advance to tomorrow's finals.
Men's 1,500m (qual.) - In Heat One of the men's 1,500m qualifiers, junior transfer Daniel Herrera finished in sixth place. (3:49.61). Herrera got off to a strong start, and led for the race's first 700m, but could not sustain his lead through the home stretch. He did not qualify for Sunday's championship race.
Men's 100mH (qual.) - In the midst of the men's pole vault competition, senior Dominic Giovannoni took to the track for the 100m hurdles qualifiers. Following a restart, Giovannoni ran a lifetime best 14.40 (-1.6w) to finish second in Heat Two. Through all three heats, his time is fifth overall, putting him in position to qualify for tomorrow's final.
Men's 400m (qual.) - Freshman Tyler Brown ran a personal-best 47.54 in Heat Two of the men's 400m dash Saturday in a third place effort. Two heats later, sophomore Pete Lauderdale ran 47.27 to finish third overall in Heat Four. Although neither Bruin was able to win his heat to secure an automatic bid to the finals, Lauderdale's result is sufficient to make him the seventh athlete to qualify for the event final.
Men's 100m (qual.) - Senior captain Yusef Merriweather took fourth place in Heat One of the event's qualifiers with a wind-aided time of 10.42. Merriweather's result puts him in the ninth spot overall, one short of a qualifying position.
Men's 800m (qual.) - Freshmen Alexander Monsivaiz and Nick Hartle shined Saturday in the men's 800m qualifier, each claiming first place in their respective heats. In Heat One, Monsivaiz ran 1:50.16 on his way to an automatic qualifying result. In Heat Two, Hartle battled back in the last 100m to overtake Oregon's Boru Guyota, posting a winning time of 1:49.09. This mark is a lifetime best for Hartle, who improved one full second upon his previous PR set just last week at the Oxy Invite. Both advance to tomorrow's final.
Men's Steeplechase Final - Senior captain David McDonald had a very strong performance in the men's steeplechase, picking up three points for the UCLA men in a sixth place finish (8:55.28; lifetime best).
Men's 400mH (qual.) - In Heat Two of the men's 400m hurdles, freshman Jarrett Gonzales finished in fourth place (53.01; lifetime best). Although Gonzales was unable to capture an automatic bid (only the heat winners are guaranteed for this event), his performance has earned him the eighth and final qualifying spot in tomorrow's final.
Men's 200m (qual.) - The sprinting duo of Yusef Merriweather took to the track for the second time today in the qualifying races for the men's 200m event. Max Dyce claimed a spot in tomorrow's final with a winning performance in Heat Three (20.85), qualifying just behind Trojan duo Aaron Brown (20.47) and Bryshon Nellum (20.63). In Heat One, Merriweather ran to a third place finish (21.32), good enough for tenth overall.
Women's Hammer Throw Final - Junior school record holder (223-3) Ida Storm finished third (65.72m/215-7, fifth attempt), to pickup six team points for the Bruins.
Women's Long Jump Final - The Bruins scored eight points with sophomore Kylie Price placing second, jumping a wind-aided personal-best 6.55m/21-6.00 (w2.9) and the winner, Arizona State's Christabel Nettey (6.68m/21-11.00, 1.9w) setting a stadium record. Sophomore Faith Anumba finished 10th (personal-best 5.97m/19-7, 1.0w).
Women's High Jump Final - UCLA scored two points in the high jump as freshman Caroline Gyllenbern finished seventh, with a leap of 5-8.75 (1.75m). Also competing for the Bruins were junior Mariah Gibson (10th-place, 1.75m/5-8.75), sophomore Zibby Boyer (12th-place, 1.70m/5-7) and junior Tatum Souza (19th-place tie, 1.65m/5-5). At last weekend's Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships at USC, Souza earned eight team points for the Bruins by placing second (personal-best 5,624 points, No. 7 UCLA all-time) in the heptathlon. In the women's high jump Arizona's Brigetta Barrett won the event and set the collegiate record, with a mark of 1.99m/6-6.25, besting UCLA's Amy Acuff's mark of 1.98m/6-6, set at the 1995 Pac-10 Championships.
Women's Javelin Final - No entries.
Women's Shot Put Final - In preliminary competition, junior Tatum Souza, competing in her third event of the day, had a mark 12.18m/39-11.50 and did not advance to the final.
Men's Pole Vault Final - Junior captain Mike Woepse claimed the men's pole vault title Saturday, clearing a season-best 5.46m/17-11. Woepse was one of three Bruin men to earn points in this event, as Dominic Giovannoni (5.06m/16-7.25) and Mark Sakioka (J5.06m/16-7.25; season best) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Men's Shot Put Final - The Bruin men claimed 12 points in the men's shot put, courtesy of big performances from two athletes both making their Pac-12 Championships debuts. Redshirt freshman Nicholas Scarvelis added eight points to the Bruins overall team score with a second-place finish (17.88m/58-8), and redshirt junior Julian Wruck contributed four points of his own in a fifth-place effort (17.01m/55-9.75;personal best). Senior Nigel Davies finished ninth overall (16.83m/55-2.75; season best).
Men's Long Jump Final - Junior Blake Selig also saw action in today's long jump event (6.82m/22-4.5w), but was unable to advance to the finals.
Men's Javelin Final - In the men's final field event of the day, redshirt sophomore Derek Eager led the Bruins with a third place finish (66.14m/217-0) in the men's javelin throw. This marks the second of back-to-back third place finishes at the Pac-12 Championships for Eager. Teammates Marcus Nilsson (58.01m/190-4) and Carlo Valdes (57.84m/189-9) finished 15th and 17th, respectively.
Women's Team Scoring (through eight events)
1. Arizona, 60 points
2. Arizona State, 45 points
3. UCLA, 33 points
4. Stanford, 32 points
5. Oregon, 30.50 poitns
6. Colorado, 27 points
7. Washington State, 23 points
7. Washington, 23 points
9. California, 20.50 points
10. USC, 9 points
11. Oregon State, 6 points
12. Utah, 3 points
Men's Team Scoring (through seven events)
1. UCLA, 53.50 points
2. Oregon, 49.50 points
3. Washington, 37 points
4. Colorado, 34 points
5. Arizona State, 29 points
6. California, 22 points
7. Stanford, 14 points
8. Arizona, 12 points
8. USC, 12 points
10. Washington State, 10 points