May 14, 2006
Eugene, OR - For the second consecutive day, a Bruin thrower picked up an individual conference title at the 2006 Pac-10 Track & Field Championships as sophomore Greg Garza posted a huge upset in the discus to win. The Bruins ended the meet in fifth place (97.50 pts.), while USC won the 2006 team title with 140 points.
Garza had a huge day in the discus, upsetting the nation's collegiate leading discus thrower, Arizona's Adam Kuehl to win. The sophomore also set a new lifetime-best by nearly nine feet on Sunday, throwing 194-1 to claim the title (old best, 186-10). On the day, Garza threw four lifetime-bests on his final four throws, with his winning mark coming in the fifth round. The mark is also the 13th-best throw in the nation this year.
"The meet is all that matters, it doesn't matter what's on paper, and on paper, no one thought I would win," said Garza. "I was surprised and knew I was going to throw far, but I didn't think I would win with my marks. I just wanted to place high and I just kept going up."
Freshman Kevin Craddock had a record-breaking day in the 110m hurdles on Sunday, finishing second in a new lifetime-best time of 13.73. The time, which was wind-legal (1.7) broke the U.S. National record for 18-year old competitors. Craddock also holds the 16 and 17 age group records. His second-place time also moves him to No. 8 on the UCLA all-time top-10 and is the No. 12 mark in the nation.
In the 400m, senior Craig Everhart finished second as he equaled his season-best time of 45.78.
Sophomore Dominique Easterling and Michael Johnson each earned all-conference honors after finishing 2-3 in the triple jump. Easterling set a new lifetime-best by nearly a foot, leaping to 52-1.25, the No. 10 time in the nation this season. Johnson finished third with a lifetime-best mark of 51-7.75, a mark that ranks 16th in the nation. Senior Demetre Howard rounded out the Bruin scorers in the triple as he finished eighth with a mark of 48-8.25. Junior Chris Merriweather was 10th, jumping 48-2.50.
Sophomore Mike Haddan ran a lifetime-best and regional qualifying time of 3:45.86 to finish eighth overall in the 1500m.
In the 800m, senior Martell Munguia finished seventh, running 1:53.33.
Freshman Kyle Shackleton finished 26th in the 5000m, running 15:16.02
In the high jump, Easterling and sophomore Joel Tuosto tied for 11th with a clearance of 6-4.75.
Final Team Standings:
1. USC, 140 ; 2. Oregon, 133.50; 3. Arizona, 122; 4. Washington, 99; 5. UCLA, 97.50; 6. Arizona State, 76; 7. Stanford, 60; 8. California, 53; 9. Washington State, 37.