Men's Track and Field Ready for Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invite

April 5, 2005

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The UCLA men's track and field team will play host to the third annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational beginning on Thursday, Apr. 7 and ending on Saturday, Apr. 9. The meet, which was created to honor two of the greatest athletes in UCLA and American history, Rafer Johnson and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, will feature several former Olympians and elite track and field athletes, along with several university teams.

In 2004, the meet produced 37 Olympic Trials "A" and "B" qualifying marks, over 150 NCAA Division I regional qualifying marks and 30 meet records and this year looks to be just as successful. Competition begins at 1:30 pm on Thursday with the hammer throw, followed by the university/open sections of the meet on Friday and the invitational sections on Saturday. Two ceremonies will be held on Saturday to honor the UCLA Olympians (12:55 pm) and the namesakes of the meet (2:40 pm).

This year's invitational section of the meet will be highlighted by 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 400m hurdles Felix Sanchez, 2003 USA Outdoor Discus Champion Carl Brown and former world-ranked 400m runner Jerome Davis. The meet will also feature the Stanford men's team, Arizona, BYU, Utah State, CS Northridge, Cal Poly-SLO, UC San Diego and Point Loma in the university competition.

The Bruin men's team will have to do without All-American pole vaulter Yoo Kim who is out with an injury. Last week in practice, Kim's pole shattered, injuring his hand and is likely out for at least 2-3 weeks.

Although Kim is out, the Bruins have plenty of firepower for this weekend and will look to pick up regional qualifying marks and improve on those marks that have already qualified. So far this season, UCLA has picked up 20 regional qualifying marks and several of the Bruins rank in the top-10 in the country including - junior Craig Everhart, (3rd, 400m-46.38); senior Jon Rankin (4th, 1500m-3:42.82); senior Ben Aragon (10th, 1500m-3:44.87); junior Erik Emilsson (4th, Steeple-8:46.65); senior Jonathan Williams (2nd, 110mH-13.82, 7th, 400mH-51.33); Yoo Kim (9th, PV-17-2.75); junior Jeremy Silverman (3rd, SP-63-6.25); freshman John Caulfield (10th, SP-61-2.75); freshman Greg Garza (8th, DT-185-4)


EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Feb 05
vs. Frank Sevigne Husker ...
Lincoln, NE
Recap
Saturday, Feb 06
vs. Frank Sevigne Husker ...
Lincoln, NE
Recap
Friday, Feb 12
vs. Husky Classic
Seattle, WA
Recap
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Husky Classic
Seattle, WA
Recap
Saturday, Feb 20
vs. Alex Wilson ...
Notre Dame, IN
Recap
Friday, Feb 26
vs. MPSF Championships
Seattle, WA
Recap
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. MPSF Championships
Seattle, WA
Recap
Friday, Mar 11
vs. NCAA Indoor ...
Birmingham, AL
Recap
Saturday, Mar 12
vs. NCAA Indoor ...
Birmingham, AL
Recap
Tuesday, Mar 22
vs. Jim Bush Collegiate ...
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Bruin Legends of ...
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
Friday, Apr 01
vs. The Legends Distance ...
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Bruin Legends of ...
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Rafer Johnson/Jackie ...
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
LIVE NOW
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
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Friday, Apr 15
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
Recap
LIVE NOW
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
-
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Texas A&M
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
LIVE NOW
vs. Olympic Training ...
Chula Vista, CA
-
LIVE NOW
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
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Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
Recap
Sunday, May 01
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Recap
Saturday, May 07 - All Day PST
vs. Occidental ...
Eagle Rock, CA
Saturday, May 07 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
Sunday, May 08 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
Saturday, May 14 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Seattle, WA
Sunday, May 15 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Seattle, WA
Thursday, May 26 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals ...
Lawrence, KS
Friday, May 27 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals ...
Lawrence, KS
Saturday, May 28 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals ...
Lawrence, KS
Wednesday, Jun 08 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jun 09 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
Friday, Jun 10 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
Saturday, Jun 11 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
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