The Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational Distance Carnival was treated to quite a show on Friday night as Arizona's Robert Cheseret, competing in the 5000m, ran the seventh-fastest time in the world this year, just missing the 29-year old Drake Stadium record in a collegiate leading time of 13:31.62. Cheseret's time broke his own meet record, which he set in 2003 (14:21.20).
Also on Friday evening, Stanford's Justin Romaniuk won the 1500m in a new meet record time of 3:50.09 (old record 3:51.18, Tom Kloos, 2003). Arizona's Joshua Ludwig also set a meet record in the 3000m steeplechase in a regional qualifying time of 8:53.14 (old record 8:03.31, Matt Downen, 2004).
Senior Tony Golston and sophomore Jeff Jacobs recorded individual wins for the Bruins on day two of the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational on Friday. Golston, who was running in his first outdoor meet this season, ran a regional qualifying time of 14.24, while Jacobs dropped his lifetime-best by more then 1.5 seconds in the 400m, winning in a time of 47.78.
The Bruin men also picked up the second and third regional qualifier on the day as junior Jeremy Silverman threw a season-best 169-1 in the discus, placing third overall, and senior Ely Dial threw a lifetime-best by nearly nine feet in the javelin (209-0) to finish second overall.
Senior All-American Yoo Kim, who is not competing in the pole vault for at least 2-3 weeks because of a hand injury, competed in the long jump and was the top collegiate finisher (2nd overall) with a leap of 22-3.50.
Freshman James Rhoades also recorded a lifetime-best in the 400m, dropping below the 48 second mark for the first time in his career, finishing second in a time of 47.94. In the 200m, Rhoades also ran a lifetime-best, placing third in a time of 21.80, while Jacobs also ran a lifetime-best in the 200m, running 22.10.
On the day, eight regional qualifying marks were acquired by the competitors - UCLA's Silverman (discus) and Dial (javelin), Arizona's Sam Jacobson (PV) and Cal Poly SLO's Adrian Ruark (PV), Arizona's Cheseret (5000m), Arizona's Ludwig (steeple), Stanford's David Vidal (steeple), Stanford's Jonathan Pierce (steeple).