May 17, 2003
The Bruin men ended the first day of competition in second place, having scored 52 points. In the first day of competition, the Bruins had two Pac-10 Champions crowned, juniors Dan Ames (shot put) and Juaune Armon (long jump). In the preliminaries, 11 Bruins qualified for Sunday's finals.
Team Totals (after seven events) - 1. Oregon 59, 2. UCLA 52, 3. Stanford 47, 4. Washington State 27, 5. USC 26, 6. Arizona State 20, 7. Washington 18, 8. California 16, 9. Arizona 8.
Shot Put - Junior Dan Ames (Lakeside, CA/El Capitan) won the 2003 Pac-10 shot put title with a throw of 63-5.50 (19.34m, NCAA Regional Qualifier). It is the eighth time in 13 years that a Bruin has won the Pac-10 shot put title.
Senior Scott Wiegand (Arcadia, CA/Arcadia), the defending Pac-10 shot put champion, placed second with a throw of 62-7.50 (19.08m, NCAA Regional Qualifier). With the one-two finish, the Bruins scored 18 team points (10 for first, eight for second). Freshman Jeremy Silverman (Annville, PA/Annville-Cleona) was fifth (60-0.50/18.30m, NCAA Regional Qualifier), scoring four points. And, freshman Jake Knight (Riverside, CA/Rubidoux) placed eighth (57-0.75/17.39m, NCAA Regional Qualifier), scoring one point. In all, the Bruin shot putters scored 23 points for the Bruins.
"I'm excited to have gotten the win today," said Ames. "I expect to have big throws tomorrow in the hammer and discus."
Pole Vault - Sophomore Yoo Kim (Rangoon, Burma/Deerfield Acad., MA) placed second (scoring eight points) and set a new Korean national record of 18-2.50 (5.55m, NCAA Regional Qualifier). The previous Korean national record was 18-1.50 (5.52m). Sophomore Pat Luke (San Juan Capistrano, CA/Santa Margarita) placed fourth, scoring five points, with a personal best vault of 17-2.75 (5.25m, NCAA Regional Qualifier). The vaulters scored a total of 13 points, bringing the Bruin team total to 36 points.
3000m Steeplechase - Sophomore Erik Emilsson (Bjarred, SWE/Polhemskolan) placed third in 8:58.18 (NCAA Regional Qualifier), scoring six points for the Bruins. Senior Justin Patananan (Palmdale, CA/Highland) placed 12th in 9:15.68. Emilsson's points brought the Bruin team total to 42 points.
Long Jump - Junior Juaune Armon (San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty) out-jumped USC's Allen Simms a quarter inch to win the 2003 Pac-10 long jump title. Armon jumped a season best 26-1 (7.95m, w: +2.0), scoring 10 points. It is the second longest jump of his career and a NCAA Regional Qualifier. With Armon's 10 points, the Bruin team points total increased to 52.
"I'm grateful and excited to have won," said Armon. "Allen Simms is a great competitor and it was a tough battle."
Javelin - No competitors.
10,000m - No competitors.
4x100m - In the trials of the 4x100m, the Bruin squad of John McCauley, Marques Burrus, Jonathan Williams and Craig Everhart was disqualified due to an illegal pass between the first and second legs.
1500m - Sophomore Ben Aragon (Santee, CA/West Hills) ran the fourth fastest time of the day, 3:50.33, and automatically qualified for the finals. Sophomore Jon Rankin (Spring Valley, CA/Monte Vista) ran the 10th fastest time, 3:50.15, and also qualified for the finals.
110m Hurdles - Sophomores Jonathan Williams (Los Angeles/Notre Dame) and Anthony Golston (San Diego, CA/Point Loma) ran the sixth and seventh fastest times of the day, advancing to Sunday's final. Williams ran a personal best 13.93 (w: +1.5, NCAA Regional Qualifier). Golston also ran a personal best of 14.02 (w: +1.5, NCAA Regional Qualifier).
400m - Freshman Craig Everhart (Tacoma, WA/Lincoln) ran the fourth fastest time of the day, 46.91 (NCAA Regional Qualifier), and automatically advanced to tomorrow's final. Sophomore Denye' Versher (Oakland, CA/St. Mary's) ran the 10th fastest time (47.64), but did not advance to the finals.
100m - Senior John McCauley (Buhl, ID/Buhl) ran the ninth fastest time of the day, a personal best 10.61 (w: +0.9), and fellow senior Marques Burrus (Petaluma, CA/Petaluma) ran a personal best 10.65 (w: +1.8). Neither advanced to Sunday's final.
800m - Aragon automatically qualified for his second event of the Pac-10 Championships with a time of 1:52.00. Junior Nick Thornton (Vista, CA/Rancho Buena Vista) also qualified in 1:50.11 (NCAA Regional Qualifier). Sophomore Martell Munguia (Sacramento, CA/Woodcreek) ran 1:53.20, but did not advance to the final.
400m Hurdles - Three Bruins automatically qualified, also running three of the top-five times of the day. Senior John Barbieri (Carpinteria, CA/Carpinteria) ran the second fastest time of the day, a personal best 51.36 (NCAA Regional Qualifier). Senior Kyle Erickson ran the third fastest time, 51.39 (NCAA Regional Qualifier). And, Williams automatically qualified for his second events, finishing in 51.92 (NCAA Regional Qualifier). Golston ran 52.04, but was disqualified and does not advance to the finals.
200m - Burrus ran a personal best 21.57 (w: +0.4), qualifying for tomorrow's final.