April 1, 2004
Austin, TX - The Bruins kicked off competition today at the 77th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relay, held at the University of Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium. The Relays began yesterday, with the first day of the decathlon and heptathlon. Action will continue through Saturday, April 3.
The UCLA Bruins competed in four events today. Senior Chris Staton competed in the decathlon. Sophomore Matt Willis ran in the 400m hurdles and fellow sophomore Mike Landers competed in the pole vault (section B). And, the Bruins also ran a 4x800m relay.
Staton finished 15th overall in the decathlon, scoring 6,055 points. In the first day of competition, Staton scored a career high 3,584 points. In the 100m, he ran 11.22 (+1.8). In the long jump, he jumped 21-10.25 (6.66m, +1.2). He threw 40-1.50 (12.23m) in the shot put and cleared 6-3.50 (1.92m) in the high jump. To end the day, he ran 52.88 in the 400m. In today's action, he ran 14.90 (+2.9) in the 110m hurdles. He threw 106-4 (32.41m) in the discus and cleared 13-1.50 (4.00m) in the pole vault. In the javelin, he threw 139-9 (42.60m). Staton did not finish in the 1500m. Overall, Staton had career decathlon best marks in the 100m, 400m and 110m hurdles. He also equaled his personal best in the shot put.
In the 400m hurdles, Willis finished third in heat two in 53.09. He did not advance to the final. Landers finished fourth in the pole vault, clearing a season best 16-10.75 (5.15m). It is also a NCAA regional qualifying mark.
And, the 4x800m relay team of Nick Thornton, Jon Rankin, Micky Cobrin and Ben Aragon placed seventh in 7:37.54. The relay was led by the performances of Rankin and Aragon. Rankin ran the second leg in 1:50.7 and Aragon anchored in 1:50.9. Arkansas won the relay in a stadium record 7:24.95.