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Bruin Men Pull Out Narrow Victory in Annual Dual Meet; Defeat USC 83-80
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  04/29/2006

April 29, 2006

Complete Results

The UCLA men's track and field team pulled off the narrowest of victories on Saturday afternoon against the USC Trojans, edging the crosstown rival 83-80 for their fifth consecutive dual meet win.

The Bruins' only hope was to sweep the 5000m, pole vault and triple jump after trailing 75-56 with those events and the 4x400m relay to go. UCLA did just that, going on a 27-0 run to ice the win prior to the 1600m relay. Backed by huge performances in all event groups, the Bruins pulled out the win and now trail USC only 39-34 in career match-ups.

Junior David Shortenhaus started off the day with a huge lifetime-best throw in the javelin to finish second with a throw of 204-5. He then capped off the day with a lifetime-best jump in the pole vault of 17-0.75 to lead a Bruin sweep in the vault. Junior Mike Landers and sophomore Zack Miller finished second and third as both cleared 16-6.75. All three were regional qualifying marks.

Senior Demetre Howard capped off his final home meet as a Bruin in impressive fashion, winning the triple jump with a lifetime-best and regional qualifying leap of 51-5.50 on his last jump to lead the Bruin sweep in that event. Sophomore Dominique Easterling was second with a mark of 50-4.50, while sophomore Michael Johnson was third with a jump of 50-0.75.

Freshman Kyle Shackleton led the Bruin sweep in the 5000m, winning in a lifetime-best of 14:38.90. Sophomore Mike Haddan was second in 14:44.80, while senior Erik Emilsson was third in 14:50.60.

The Bruins got a one-two finish in the long jump as Easterling jumped a lifetime-best and regional qualifying mark of 24-1 to win the event, while Howard jumped 23-0.25 for third.

Sophomore John Caulfield opened up a huge throw of 63-6.25, just two inches shy of his lifetime-best, in the second round of the shot put, icing a Bruin victory in that event. USC's Noah Bryant thought he had Caulfield beat on his second throw, but fell just an inch and a quarter short of the Bruins' mark to finish second.

In the discus, junior Jason Rider had a career day, throwing a new lifetime-best of 186-10 to win that event. Sophomore Greg Garza finished second, just off his lifetime-best by an inch, throwing 185-9.

Freshman Luke Barr finished third in the high jump, equaling his season-best with a mark of 6-6.75.

The Bruins also swept the 3000m steeplechase to start off the running events on Saturday as sophomore Drew Shackleton won the event in 9:28.07. Kyle Shackleton was second in a lifetime-best time of 9:32.45 and sophomore Matt Stollenwerk was third (9:36.40).

Senior Craig Everhart won the 400m in a new season-best time of 45.78, which moves him into a tie for the No. 5 time in college this season. Freshman Elijah Wells placed third with a season-best run of 47.42. Everhart also placed third in the 200m, running a regional qualifying and season-best time of 21.14.

Freshman Kevin Craddock dropped his season-best in the 110m hurdles to 13.94 to finish second overall in that event, but was scratched from the 400m hurdles for precautionary reasons.

Junior Tracy Session stepped up in a big way after Craddock was scratched from the 400m hurdles, running a new lifetime-best and regional qualifying time of 52.32 to finish second overall.

Emilsson finished second in the 1500m, running a season-best 3:49.58, while senior Martell Munguia finished third in the 800m in a new season-best time of 1:49.69.

Both relays placed second with the 4x100m going 40.89 and the 4x400m running a season-best and regional qualifying time of 3:07.45.

The Bruins will now prepare for the Pac-10 Championships, which will be held in Eugene, OR. The decathlon competition will be next weekend, while the Pac-10 meet will be May 13-14.

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