April 18, 2013
WALNUT, Calif. -- The 12th-ranked UCLA men's and 21st-ranked women's track and field teams traveled to Walnut, Calif., to compete in the 55th Annual Mt. SAC Relays. The four-day event got underway yesterday at Hilmer Lodge Stadium where several Bruins were in action in the multi-events.
After Dominic Giovannoni and Marcus Nilsson did not finish the decathlon, which concluded today, freshman Colin Barber finished in 13th place in the California Invite. The multi-events were held at Cougar Stadium on the campus of Azusa Pacific. Junior Tatum Souza scored a personal-best 5,587 points in the heptathlon to place fourth in the Mt. Sac Relays. Junior Kimberly Conner scored 5,107 points to place ninth in the heptathlon in the California Invite.
Back at Hilmer Lodge Stadium, the day began with the women's 1500 meter run where Rachel Brajkovich (4:39.68); Lyndsey Mull (4:41.21); Allie Lopez (4:44.05); Jennifer Owen (4:46.43); Ava Kent (4:47.14); Elle Sanders (4:51.11) and Amber Murakami (4:57.49).
The men were up next where Ferdinand Edman was the top finisher for UCLA in the 1500 meters, placing 53rd with a season-beset time of 3:51.33. Other Bruin finishers included Austin O'Neil (3:54.65) and Sean Davis (season best 3:59.18).
Merissa Kado finished 17th in the women's 3000 meter steeplechase in Open-B section in a season-best time of 11:11.38. In the men's 3000 meter steeplechase, Jacob Wood finished seventh in the Open-B section in a season-best time of 9:13.37. Nathaniel Cushing-Murray was 26th (9:54.30). In the Open-A section, David McDonald finished fifth in a season-best time of 9:00.93. McDonald shaved nearly five seconds off his personal-best today.
The first day of competition concluded with the grueling 10000 meter run. In the women's Invitational Elite section, Katja Goldring placed 16th in a time of 34:51.94. In the men's Invitational Elite section, Dustin Fay finished 13th in a personal-best time of 29:30.11. Then in the women's Olympic Development section, Bronte Golick placed 18th in her 10000 meter run debut with a time of 35:11.04, to rank eighth all-time in UCLA history. In the men's Olympic Development section, Sergey Sushchikh finished with a time of 30:04.53 to place 17th. In the women's Open-B section, Hannah Valenzuela placed 10th in a time of 36:41.25 while her teammate, Caitlin Schmitt placed 12th with a 36:57.79 clocking. In the men's Open-B section, Shayne Collins placed fifth with a time of 30:15.55. Also in that race was his teammates, Nohe Lema (26th, 30:54.06) and Chase Zukerman (33rd, 31:30.01).
More Bruins are in action tomorrow, which begins at 10:00 a.m. with the men's hammer and the women's javelin and women's pole vault. There is a full day of competition on the slate, which ends at 11:10 p.m. with the final event, the men's 5000 Meter Run.