May 27, 2005
Eugene, OR - Art Venegas' No. 15 UCLA Bruins and the two-time defending West Region Champions had a strong showing on the first day of competition, advancing six athletes to Saturday's finals and one athlete automatically to the NCAA Championships, June 8-11 at Sacramento State. Athletes automatically qualify to the NCAA Outdoor with a top-five finish (top-three for relays), and seven to eight at-large spots will go to the sixth through eighth place finishers (based on marks from the national list) in all four regions.
After day one, the Bruin men are in ninth place with 12 points. California is in first with 29 points, following by Stanford (2nd, 27 pts.), Arizona (3rd, 25 pts.), USC (4th, 23 pts.), and Boise State (5th, 22 pts.).
Junior Jeremy Silverman became the first Bruin to automatically qualify for the NCAA Outdoor meet after finishing fourth in the shot put with a toss of 62-0.25.
In the 1500m, senior 2005 Pac-10 champion Jon Rankin cruised into tomorrow's finals, running 3:43.88, while senior Ben Aragon finished 15th (3:49.69) and will not advance to tomorrow's final. Rankin was also the top qualifier in the 800m (1:49.54), advancing to the finals on Saturday. Junior Martell Munguia also advanced to the finals with the sixth-fastest time (1:50.64).
The defending 400m champion, junior Craig Everhart, advanced to Saturday's 400m final with the fourth-fastest time of the day (46.36).
Sophomore Brandon Johnson, the defending 400m hurdles champion advanced to Saturday's final with the fourth-fastest time of the day (51.86).
Senior Jonathan Williams, the Pac-10 runner up two weeks ago in the 110m and 400m hurdles, had a disastrous 110m hurdle race on Friday. Williams hit the last hurdle and went down, failing to qualify for tomorrow's final. However, Williams did advance to the final in the 400m hurdles after running the second-fastest time of the day (51.53).
Senior Tony Golston advanced to the 110mH final, running just off his season-best of 14.03 with the sixth-fastest time of the day, 14.05.
Freshman Austin Ramos finished 10th in the 5000m final in a time of 14:29.66.
Freshman John Caulfield just missed a spot in the top-five, finishing sixth with a throw of 60-8.75. Caulfield will now wait and see if he will receive an at-large bid for the NCAA's. Junior Jake Knight placed 11th with a throw of 55-0.75.
Freshman Greg Garza placed eighth in the discus with a throw of 178-2, but has a good shot at advancing to the NCAA meet with his season-best throw of 185-4 (set at CS Northridge Invitational). John Caulfield placed 19th (165-11), sophomore Josh Rider finished 23rd (162-1) and Jason Rider was 26th (158-5).
In the javelin, senior Ely Dial threw a lifetime-best 210-8 to place sixth overall. Dial will now have to wait and see if he will be given an-large berth into the NCAA Championships.
Field events begin on Saturday at 11:00 am with the women's discus, while running events begin at 2:45 pm with 4x100m relay finals.