April 7, 2006
The UCLA men's track and field team had a strong showing on day two of the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational as former prep standout Kevin Craddock returned to 110m hurdle action with a win.
Craddock, one of the most heralded former high school hurdlers in the country, returned to high hurdle action after nearly a year on Friday, winning the open race with a regional qualifying mark of 14.25.
In the open 100m, freshmen Garland West and Alex Pearlstone finished second and fourth respectively, with West running 11.05 and Pearlstone clocking in a season-best 11.08. Pearlstone also finished sixth in the 200m (22.41), while West was 12th overall (22.67). Freshman Andrew Moreno finished 21st in 23.32.
In the open 400m hurdles, three Bruins ran season-best times as junior Tracy Session led the way with a third-place finish (52.96). Junior Michael Elbogen was 15th in 56.30, while freshman Torsten Niegmann was 17th in 56.93. Sophomore Jason Eiker-Wiles finished 19th overall in a time of 58.82.
Sophomore David Shipp placed 13th in the open 400m, running 49.55.
Sophomore Dustin DeLeo, who is redshirting this season, jumped 15-9 to finish fifth overall as an unattached athlete in the open pole vault.
In the men's javelin, sophomore Greg Garza threw a season-best 181-1 to finish fourth, while junior Jason Rider was seventh with a mark of 164-4.
In the evening distance carnival, the Bruins were represented by three steeplechasers and one 1500m runner. In the steeple, sophomore Drew Shackleton finished fifth, just off his season-best (9:16.25), running 9:16.63. Sophomore Matt Stollenwerk ran a lifetime-best of 9:21.34 to finish seventh overall, while freshman Ryan Gordon just missed his personal-best (9:54.06), running 9:54.84 for 13th-place. In the 1500m, freshman Kyle Shackleton finished sixth in a season-best time of 3:53.93.
Invitational competition continues on Saturday with the women's pole vault kicking off the field event competition at 11:30 am. Track events begin at 12:15 pm with the 4x100m relay. A recognition ceremony for the namesakes of the meet, Rafer Johnson and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, will be held at 2:00 pm.