Bruin Alum Meb Keflezighi Wins 10,000m; Moser Seventh In Discus

June 24, 2002

Individual event winners by UCLA alumni Mebrahtom Keflezighi in the 10,000m, Gail Devers in the 100m hurdles and Shelia Burrell in the heptathlon highlighted the recently concluded (Friday-Sunday, June 21-23) USA Senior and Junior Track & Field Championships held at Stanford University's Cobb Track and Angell Field.

This was the first time in USA Track & Field history the Senior and Junior (between the ages of 14-19 in the calendar year 2002) national meets were held on same dates at the same site.

Athletes who won their individual events (Devers/Burrell/Keflezighi) in the Senior meet will earn a spot on the Team USA roster for the 2002 IAAF World Cup in Athletics, Sept. 21-22 in Madrid, Spain. The Junior Meet (top two finishers; Monique Henderson, 400m/Briona Reynolds, SP/Jeremy Silverman, SP) will serve as the selection competition for the 2002 World Junior T & F Championships, July 16-21 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Current Bruin Men at the Senior Meet

UCLA had two competitors, senior Scott Moser (Huntington Beach, CA HS) in the discus and senior Michael Lipscomb (West Covina/South Hills HS) in the 200m .

Moser placed seventh (199-3) in the discus. Moser ended his Bruin career this spring as a five-time All-American. For the last two NCAA Outdoors, he was the highest placing American collegian in the discus (including a third-place finish this spring, 198-3).

Lipscomb ran a 20.80 in qualifying and did not reach the 200m final. As a senior in 2002, he qualified in the 200m at both the NCAA Outdoor and Indoor championships.

Current Bruin Men at the Junior Meet

The Bruin men had five competitors in the Junior meet. With his second-place finish in the shot put, redshirt freshman Jeremy Silverman (Annville, PA/Annville Cleona HS) will represent the U. S. at the upcoming World Junior Championships in the shot put.

Here are the Bruin men's Junior results:
-Silverman was second in the shot put (63-5, personal-best) and seventh in the discus (178-6).
-redshirt freshman Jake Knight (Riverside/Rubidoux) was fourth in the shot put (61-9.50).
-freshman Jonathan Williams placed fifth in the 110m hurdles (14.47). At the 2002 Pac-10, Williams was seventh in the 110m hurdles (14.76).
-freshman Jason Rider (Murietta/Murietta Valley HS) finished sixth in the discus (186-6, personal-best). At the 2002 NCAA Outdoor as a true freshman, Rider placed 17th in the discus (176-9).
-freshman Ben Aragon (Santee/West Hills) placed sixth in the 1500m (3:54.17, 3:53.91Q). As a true freshman at the 2002 Pac-10, Aragon was seventh in the 1500m (3:48.98, personal-best).

Bruin Men Alumni at the Senior Meet

The Bruin men alumni were led by distance runner Mebrahtom Keflezighi, a four-time NCAA Champion during his Bruin career, and thrower John Godina, a five-time NCAA winner.

-Keflezighi, the current American record holder in the 10,000m (27:13.98, 2001, set on the Stanford track) and the 2000 Olympic Trials champion, won the 10,000m (27:41.68) and placed second in the 5000m (13:30.05). With his victory in the 10,000m, Keflezighi will represent the U. S. at the IAAF World Cup.
-Godina, who was the defending champion in the shot put, placed second in both the shot put (71-11) and discus (207-3).
-Jesse (Jess) Strutzel, who won two NCAA Indoor titles during his Bruin career, placed fourth (1:48.36) in the 800m.
-Josh Johnson, son of Bruin great and 1960 Olympic gold medal winner in the decathlon Rafer Johnson, finished eighth in the javelin (238-1).
-Brian McLaughlin, No. 4 all-time (18-0.25i) on the UCLA chart, placed ninth in the pole vault (17-10.25).
-Scott Slover, No. 2 all-time (18-7.25) on the Bruin chart, no-heighted in the pole vault.


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