Feb. 25, 2005
The UCLA men's track and field team had a strong first day at the MPSF Indoor Championships on Friday in Seattle, WA as several Bruins picked up NCAA Championship qualifying marks and advanced to the finals in their respective events on Saturday.
In the men's competition, junior Craig Everhart ran an indoor lifetime-best and provisional qualifying time of 46.36 in the 400m. Everhart is the top qualifier for tomorrow's 400m final. Seniors Mario Bassani and Denye' Versher also qualified for tomorrow's 400m final with lifetime-bests of 47.62 and 47.81 respectively.
In the mile competition, seniors Jon Rankin and Ben Aragon qualified for tomorrow's final with Rankin running the third best time of the night (4:05.24, indoor-best) and Aragon running the sixth best time (4:07.15).
Three Bruin men qualified for the 800m final - junior Martell Munguia (1:50.10), senior Nick Thornton (1:50.00), and freshman Mike Haddan (1:52.04, indoor-best). Freshman Austin Ramos placed seventh in the 5000m in a time of 14:19.37.
The Distance Medley Relay team of Aragon, Versher, Haddan and Rankin won in a provisional time of 9:42.53.
Competition continues on Saturday with the finals of all running events, 4x400m relay and the following field events: men and women's high jump, men and women's triple jump, men and wonen's shot put and the men's pole vault.