LOS ANGELES – For the second weekend in a row the UCLA track and field team will split its squad across three meets in a weekend that will start a lot of the open races for the Bruins. UCLA will head to Baton Rouge, La., for the Battle on Bayou and then send members of the distance squad to the Stanford Invitational and the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.
The Battle on the Bayou is scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 5, while both the Stanford Invitational and the San Francisco State Distance Carnival are two-day events, slated to begin on Friday, April 4.
Six Bruins head into the weekend ranked in the top-10 in the country in their respective events. A pair of Bruins leads the country as sophomore Nick Hartle holds the top mark in the 800 with a 1:47.51 run in the season opener against Washington State while senior Julian Wruck posted a 213-3 at the Texas Relays.
Freshman Cody Crampton has the fourth best high jump in the country as he cleared 7-2.50 to open the season. Junior Pete Lauderdale also holds the fourth best mark as he has run a 47.08 in the 400m. Senior Alexis Walker ranks fourth in the women’s high jump, clearing a personal best 5-11.25 at the Cal Poly Invitational. Nicholas Scarvelis rounds out the Bruins in the top-10 by ranking eighth in the shot put with a mark of 62-5.75.
UCLA will return home for its second meet in Drake Stadium on the young season as the Bruins will host the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee on Saturday, April 12. UCLA will welcome TCU and BYU to Westwood for the annual meet.