March 28, 2002
UCLA men's track & field head coach Art Venegas will send a full Bruin squad (39 student-athletes) this weekend (Friday-Saturday, March 29-30) to the 2002 Cal-Nevada Championships, held in Fresno and hosted by Fresno State University at Warmerdam Field. Daily results of the meet will be posted on www.gobulldogs.com.
Competition on Friday and Saturday (finals only) are both all-day affairs. Along with UCLA and host Fresno State, 30 other California and Nevada schools will also be participating. Last season, the Bruin men placed second at Cal-Nevada, with 125 points, just two points behind winner California (127) and ahead of third-place CS Northridge (107) and four-place UC Davis (64).
The Bruins have already won an invitational this track & field season. During the 2002 indoor campaign, UCLA's men's squad claimed the team title at the MPSF Championships, held Feb. 22-23 at Flagstaff, AZ and hosted by Northern Arizona University. For that effort, Venegas was named the 2002 MPSF Indoor Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year.
Leading the Bruin men's contingent this weekend will be two All-American throwers, senior Scott Moser and sophomore Dan Ames. At the 2002 NCAA Indoor, held March 8-9 in Fayetteville, AR, Moser earned his second indoor All-American honor by placing 11th (66-9.25, top eight Americans) in the 35lb. weight throw. Also at the NCAA Indoor, Ames picked up his second indoor All-America status, placing 10th (61-9.50, top eight Americans) in the shot put.
Also competing in the throws for the Bruins will be junior Scott Wiegand, who placed 15th in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor and qualified with a mark of 64-7.75.
Leading UCLA in the sprints will be senior Michael Lipscomb, who qualified for the NCAA Indoor in the 200m with a mark of 20.99.
Other top Bruins competing in Fresno, on the track - sophomore Denye Versher, who had an indoor mark of 46.85 in the 400m, sophomore Charles Ryan, who placed fifth (14.09) in the 110m hurdles at last spring's conference meet, junior Kyle Erickson, who last spring had the top Pac-10 qualifying mark in the 400m hurdles (50.54) and junior John Barbieri, who at last spring's Pac-10 placed seventh (52.43, personal-best 51.53 in qualifying) in the 400m hurdles.
In the field, UCLA will be led by - seniors, Tyronne Hazen and Joe Snee, who both vaulted 17-0 last year, sophomore Juaune Armon, who scored in both jumps (long jump, sixth-place, 23-3, triple jump, third-place, personal-best 49-8.25) at the 2001 Pac-10 and sophomore Oliver Jackson, fourth (23-9.50) in the 2001 Pac-10 long jump.
The Bruins will also send one distance runner this weekend (March 29-30) to the Stanford Invitational. Running for the Bruins will be senior Bryan Green, who last fall qualified for the second straight season as an individual to the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
On Saturday, April 6, the Bruins will compete at the Arizona Challenge in Tucson, AZ and hosted by the University of Arizona. After that competition, UCLA will return to Drake Stadium on Saturday, April 13, for its second home meet of the season, hosting BYU and CS Northridge. The Bruins' final home outdoor competition of 2002 will be Saturday, May 4, in the traditional annual dual meet with USC.