May 12, 2003
Art Venegas' UCLA men's track & field team this weekend (May 17-18) will compete in the 2003 Pacific-10 T & F Championships, held at Loker Stadium (Cromwell Field) on the USC campus.
On Saturday, the women's hammer finals will be held at West Los Angeles College at 10 a.m. On Saturday at Loker Stadium, the field events will start at 11 a.m. and the running events at 1 p.m. Saturday's competition will conclude at 5:50 p.m. with the running of the women's and men's 10,000m finals (other finals on Saturday are: women's events- long jump, high jump, javelin, shot put, 3000m steeplechase and men's events - pole vault, shot put, long jump, javelin, 3000m steeplechase). On Sunday (all finals), the men's hammer will also be held at West Los Angeles College at 9 a.m. On Sunday at Loker Stadium, field events start at noon, running events at 1 p.m. and the championships conclude with the women's and men's 4 X 400m relays. Scoring for the event is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.
Last weekend at Loker Stadium, USC hosted the 2003 Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships. The women's heptathlon winner was Washington State's Ellannee Richardson (5766) and the men's decathlon winner was Oregon's Santiago Lorenzo (7564). Both athletes picked up 10 points (each) for their teams. The UCLA women did not have a heptathlon entry and in the men's decathlon, Bruin senior Andrew Phillips placed ninth (6743, season-best).
The Bruins return one champion from 2002, senior Scott Wiegand. An All-American, Wiegand won the shot put last year at the conference meet, with a mark of 64-1.75. Wiegand was also third in the discus.
Entering this year's meet, several Bruins have a chance to contend for conference titles. They include, on the track - junior Nick Thornton (1:49.42) and sophomore Ben Aragon (1:48.48) in the 800m, sophomore Erik Emilsson (8:50.32) in the 3000m steeplechase, sophomore Jonathan Williams in the 110m hurdles (13.98) and senior Kyle Erickson (49.78) in the 400m hurdles. In the field, the Bruins will be led by senior Kevin Weaver (7-0.25) and freshman Ryan Hollins (7-0.25) in the high jump, sophomore Yoo Kim in the pole vault (18-0.50), junior Juaune Armon in the long jump (25-8.75) and junior Dan Ames in the shot put (64-8.75i, 64-7.75), discus (200-9) and hammer (198-9). At last year's Pac-10, Ames was fifth in the shot put and discus and fourth in the hammer.
UCLA Men Last Week at Occidental
In preparation for the upcoming Pac-10 Championships (May 17-18), the Bruins competed at the Oxy Invitational, held May 10 in Eagle Rock, CA.
Erickson led the Bruin men, winning the 400m hurdles in a season-best and NCAA Regional qualifying time of 49.78. Erickson's performance in the 400m hurdles led the Bruins in seasonal-best and NCAA Regional Qualifying performances. Senior John Barbieri and sophomore Tony Golston also ran season-bests of 51.67 and 52.25, respectively.
In the 800m, Aragon, Thornton and sophomore Martell Munguia also ran seasonal- bests and NCAA Regional qualifying times of 1:48.48, 1:49.42 and 1:49.73, respectively.
Former Bruin great John Godina won the shot put with a throw of 67-8.25 (20.63m) and fellow UCLA great Jess Strutzel won the 800m (1:46.94).
Following the Pac-10 Championships, the Bruins will remain in the State of California for the upcoming NCAA West Regional Qualifying meet (May 30-31 at Stanford) and the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 11-14 at CS Sacramento).