Feb. 25, 2006
The No. 18 UCLA men's track and field team placed third overall at the MPSF Championships in Seattle, WA as junior Brandon Johnson ran the fourth-fastest time in the 400m in the Nation this year.
It was the first time in four years that UCLA did not capture the MPSF Indoor title as Washington won with 107 points. Stanford was second with 100 points, followed by UCLA in third with 88 points.
Johnson blew past all the competition, including senior teammate Craig Everhart, to win the 400m title in an NCAA provisional time of 46.40. The time set a new lifetime-best in the event for Johnson and moved him to No. 4 on the collegiate national list. In the prelims on Friday, Johnson also posted the fastest time of the day, running a then personal-best 46.60. Everhart, who ran 46.73 in the prelims, equaled that time in the finals to finish second to Johnson. Freshman Elijah Wells rounded out the Bruin quarter-milers in the finals, finishing seventh in a time of 47.68 (equals lifetime-best).
In the mile, senior Erik Emilsson placed fifth overall with a provisional time of 4:04.83. Emilsson also placed seventh in the 800m (1:51.37). Sophomore Mike Haddan, also competing in the 800m, finished just behind Emilsson in eighth-place in a time of 1:54.21.
The Bruin 4x400m relay team did not need to run, having nearly guaranteed a spot at the NCAA Indoor National meet in two weeks. Their time of 3:06.48 currently ranks No. 3 in the nation.
In the high jump, sophomore Dominique Easterling jumped an indoor lifetime-best 6-8.25 to finish fifth overall. In the triple jump, sophomore Michael Johnson, Jr. led a Bruin trio with his fifth-place finish and indoor lifetime-best jump of 50-6.75. Senior Demetre Howard was sixth with an indoor lifetime-best of 50-5.50, while Easterling was seventh with a season-best mark of 50-2.50.
The Bruins will return home to host the UCLA Invitational on March 4 as Cal Poly SLO, Cal State Fullerton and Cal State LA come to town. UCLA will then take those athletes that have qualified to the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, AR March 10-11.