UCLA Men Compete at LA Invitational Saturday

Feb. 11, 2003

The UCLA Bruins will have a strong representation in the men's events at the 43rd annual Los Angeles Invitational indoor track meet, Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Sports Arena. The LA Invitational indoor track meet is the nation's second oldest undercover meet. The classic meet will embrace its usual formula of world class events, collegiate standouts and nearly 2000 high school athletes from 500 schools. The event is second only to the Millrose Games in New York among the nation's track meets in history. A total of 105 Olympic gold medalists and dozens of world and American record holders have competed over the years, in the L.A. Invitational.

Bruin men's head coach Art Venegas has entered a strong UCLA men's squad. Freshman Chauncee Smith, senior Joe Hunter and freshman Jacques Lazarus will compete in the 55-meter dash; sophomore Rodney Diggs, sophomore Robert Hambleton, freshman Matt Willis, freshman Chris Dunbar and freshman Claude Distin will run the 500 yards, while sophomore Yoo Kim, senior Jared Drake and junior Pat Luke will compete in the pole vault. Bruin greats competing in the meet include former NCAA indoor champ and Olympic Trials finalist half-miler Jess Strutzel, and NCAA pole vault medalist Scott Slover. Information about the meet is available at www.frankenenterprises.com For ticket information call (213) 748-6131.

Last Week/at United Heritage Invitational, Boise, ID

On Feb. 7-8, UCLA competed at the United Heritage Invitational Indoor T & F meet, hosted by Boise State.

Men's Highlights

On the track, the Bruins had three event winners - sophomore Nick Thornton in the 800m (1:51.63), sophomore Ben Aragon in the 3000m (8:30.29) and UCLA's distance medley relay (9:52.7).

Also running well for the Bruins were - sophomore Jonathan Williams, who placed third in the 60m hurdles (8.10); in the 400m, sophomore Denye Versher was second (47.61) and freshman Craig Everhart was third (47.91); senior Phil Young finished third in the 800m (1:53.52); sophomore Erik Emilsson was second in the mile (4:16.10) and senior Justin Patananan placed second in the 3000m (8:31.83).

In the field, the Bruins had one event winner, junior Juaune Armon in the long jump (24-2.50).

Other top placements included - junior Pat Luke, tied for third in the pole vault (16-6) and junior Dan Ames, who was third overall (second collegian) in the shot put (62-6.50) and third in the weight throw (63-8.25).

Looking Ahead

On Feb. 21-22, the Bruins will again travel to Boise, ID to compete in the 2003 MPSF Indoor T & F Championships.

Other important Indoor dates include - Feb. 28-March 2-USA T & F Indoor Championships in Boston; March 8-last chance qualifying meet in Seattle and March 14-15 at the 2003 NCAA Indoor Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Outdoors, UCLA's first 2003 home meet at Drake Stadium will be Saturday, March 1, hosting Cal Poly-SLO and CS Los Angeles.

2003 LA Invitational Indoor T & F Meet
Saturday, Feb. 15, LA Sports Arena

No.         Time          Event
1.         9:00 am        Boys Shot Put (at USC)
2.         9:00 am        Girls Discus (at USC)
3.        10:30 am        Boys Discus (at USC)
4.        10:30 am        Girls Shot Put (at USC)
5.        10:30 am        ESSX HS Boys Pole Vault
6.        10:30 am        HS Girls 4x160 Relay (6 races)
7.        11:00 am        HS Boys 4x880 Relay (3 races)
8.        11:30 am        HS Boys High Jump
9.        11:35 am        HS Girls Long Jump
10.       11:55 am        REEBOK HS Boys 500 Yards
11.       12:25 pm        CAL. TRACK & RUNNING NEWS HS Girls 500
12.       12:40 pm        REEBOK HS Boys Mile (Rated, 2 races)
13.       12:50 pm        HS Boys Long Jump
14.       12:55 pm        AMC THEATRES HS Girls Rated Mile
15.        1:15 pm        ESSX HS Girls High Jump
16.        1:15 pm        AMERICAN TRACK & FIELD HS Boys 880
17.        1:30 pm        SOUTHWEST AIRLINES HS Girls Pole Vault
18.        1:30 pm        HS Girls 4x880 Relay (3 races)
19.        2:15 pm        HS Girls Triple Jump
20.        2:15 pm        SPRINGCO HS Boys 4x160 Relay (7 races)
21.        2:50 pm        VENUE SPORTS HS Boys 2 Mile
22.        3:10 pm        ESSX Girls 4x440 Relay (7 races)
23.        3:55 pm        SPRINGCO HS Boys Triple Jump
24.        3:55 pm        AMC THEATRES Boys 4x440 Relay
25.        4:30 pm        ESSX WOMEN'S POLE VAULT
26.        4:40 pm        KEEP LA RUNNING HS Girls 880 (3 races)
27.        4:55 pm        VENUE SPORTS HS Girls 2 Mile
28.        5:10 pm        KEEP LA RUNNING  CLUB 4X880 RELAY
29.        5:45 pm        PacifiCare HS Girls 55 Meters
30.        6:10 pm        DAILY NEWS HS Boys 55 Meters
31.        6:30 pm        ESSX MEN'S POLE VAULT
32.        6:35 pm        DAILY NEWS HS Football 55 Meters
33.        6:40 pm        SPRINGCO HS Girls 55-Meter Hurdles
34.        6:55 pm        VENUE SPORTS WOMEN'S TRIPLE JUMP
35.        6:50 pm        KEEP LA RUNNING HS Boys 55-M. Hurdles
36.        7:10 pm        PacifiCare MEN 55 HURDLES
37.        7:20 pm        PacifiCare WOMEN'S  55 HURDLES
38.        7:30 pm        SOUTHWEST AIRLINES WOMEN'S 55 METERS
39.        7:35 pm        CHARTER COMM.  MEN'S 55 METERS
40.        7:35 pm        CHARTER COMM. MEN'S TRIPLE JUMP
41.        7:45 pm        AMC THEATRES WOMEN'S HIGH JUMP
42.        8:05 pm        VENUE SPORTS HS Boys Seeded Mile
43.        8:15 pm        SPRINGCO WOMEN'S LONG JUMP
44.        8:15 pm        KEEP LA RUNNING MEN'S 500 YARDS
45.        8:20 pm        PacifiCare WOMEN'S 800 METERS
46.        8:25 pm        PacifiCare MEN'S MILE
47.        8:35 pm        SOUTHWEST AIRLINES HS Girls Seeded Mile
48.        8:45 pm        KEEP LA RUNNING WOMEN'S 500 YARDS
49.        8:50 pm        SPRINGCO HS Girls 8x160 Relay
50.        9:05 pm        CHARTER COMM. HS Boys 8x160 Relay
51.        9:20 pm        VENUE SPORTS MEN'S 800 METERS
52.        9:25 pm        AMC THEATRES WOMEN'S MILE

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