May 26, 2006
Sophomore Joel Tuosto won the long jump title on Friday at the West Regional Championships in Provo, UT to lead the No. 17 Bruin men on the first day of competition. Tuosto was one of three athletes to automatically advance to the NCAA Championships in Sacramento, CA June 7-10.
Tuosto won the long jump competition with a lifetime-best jump of 25-6.75 (old best, 24-9). Tuosto struggled early, fouling his first two attempts before jumping 24-6.25 in the third round to advance to the finals. The winning jump came in the sixth and final round as he moved from seventh-place into the championship spot on his last jump, earning him a ticket to the NCAA Championships in two weeks.
"I knew before that last jump that I had one more left in me," said Tuosto. "I just had to execute and get it done. I feel really confident going into the NCAA meet because I just keep improving every week."
Sophomore Dominique Easterling placed eighth, jumping a lifetime-best 24-4.25.
In the pole vault, junior David Shortenhaus jumped nearly a five-foot lifetime-best, 17-5 (old best, 17-0.75) to finish fifth overall, automatically qualifying for nationals. Junior Mike Landers placed sixth with a clearance of 17-1 and should receive an at-large bid based off his national ranking (13th, 17-8.50). Sophomores Zack Miller and Chris Bencomo both cleared 16-7.25 with Miller finishing 16th, while Bencomo was 20th based on misses.
Junior Jason Rider threw a huge lifetime-best in the discus, 190-8 (old best, 186-10), to finish fourth overall, earning him a trip to Nationals. Sophomore John Caulfield finished sixth with a lifetime-best throw of 189-0 (old best, 185-9) and will have to wait and see if he is given an at-large bid to the NCAA meet. Based off of the national list, Caulfield's new best moves him to No. 18 on the NCAA list, which should get him to Nationals. Sophomore Greg Garza finished 11th with a throw of 180-10, but should receive an at-large bid based off of his national ranking (13th, 194-1).
Freshman Boldizsar Kocsor punched his ticket to nationals with a fifth-place finish in the hammer throw with a mark of 205-11.
Freshman Kevin Craddock won heat one in the 110m hurdles and was second overall to advance to Saturday's final, running just off his lifetime-best (13.73) as he ran 13.80 on Friday.
Senior Craig Everhart ran the third-fastest time of the day, 45.97, (2nd in heat one) and will move on to Saturday's final.
Senior Martell Munguia advanced to the 800m finals after finishing sixth overall in the prelims ( 4th in heat 1), running 1:49.93.
In the prelims of the 1500m, sophomore Mike Haddan placed 9th in his flight (13th overall), running 3:55.90 and will not advance to Saturday's final.
Junior Tracy Session ran a lifetime-best in the 400m hurdles (52.30) to finish fourth in heat one and 14th overall. He will not advance to the finals.
Running finals and field event action continues on Saturday in Provo, UT.