March 27, 2005
The UCLA men's track and field team had an impressive showing from both competing contingents this weekend as the distance runners picked up three regional qualifiers and two lifetime-bests at the Stanford Invitational, while the team in Tucson, AZ picked up 14 regional qualifiers and nine season or lifetime-best marks at the Jim Click Shootout.
In Palo Alto, CA, senior Jon Rankin and junior Erik Emilsson led the Bruins as both ran lifetime-bests and regional qualifying times in their respective events. Rankin placed second in the top section of the 1500m with a best time of 3:42.82, while Emilsson finished fourth in the steeplechase in a best of 8:46.65. Senior Ben Aragon picked up the third regional qualifier of the meet, running 3:44.87 in the 1500m, placing seventh overall.
Junior Martell Munguia placed 21st in the top section of the 800m (1:52.65), freshman Drew Shackleton finished 23rd in the 5000m (15:01.63) and junior Nick DeFelice placed 52nd in the 10,000m (31:15.73).
In Tucson, AZ numerous athletes had top performances of their careers as senior Jonathan Williams, junior Jeremy Silverman, and junior Craig Everhart led the Bruins. Williams won the 110m hurdles in a lifetime-best of 13.82* (regional qualifier), as well as the 400m hurdles in a regional qualifying time of 51.33*. Everhart led a Bruin sweep in the 400m, winning in a regional qualifying time of 46.38* and Silverman placed second in the shot put with a season-best toss of 63-6.25*.
Including Williams, Everhart and Silverman, the Bruins tallied 11 regional qualifying marks in Tucson: freshman John Caulfield (SP, 60-10, 3rd), senior Mario Bassani (400m, 47.17*, 3rd), freshman Greg Garza (DT, 176-4, 4th), senior Yoo Kim (PV, 17-2.75, 2nd), junior Jake Knight (SP, 57-7.75, 6th; HT, 183-4*, 8th), junior Andrew Ninow (HT, 188-6*, 6th), senior Denye' Versher (400m, 47.05*, 2nd), 4x100m (Chauncee Smith, Brandon Johnson, Williams, Everhart - 40.43*, 2nd) and the 4x400m relay (Bassani, Versher, Everhart, Johnson - 3:10.30, 1st).
Other Bruins who posted season or lifetime-bests on Saturday included - freshman Kevin Ahlstrom (400mH-54.60), junior Matt Bruno (100m-10.77, 200m-21.79), freshman Dustin DeLeo (PV-15-9), and Smith (200m-21.95).
* = season or lifetime-best