March 31, 2006
Freshman Kyle Shackleton picked up the first team points for the UCLA men's track and field team on Friday at the Cal/Nevada Championships in Fresno, CA after winning the 5000m in a time of 14:39.63. Although rain threatened to postpone the entire meet, ony the pole vault prelims were cancelled, and both prelims and finals of that event will be contested on Saturday.
The Bruins stand in first-place with 10 points after Shackleton's win with just one event scored.
It was a successful day for both the track and field side of the team as numerous athletes advanced to event finals on Saturday.
Sophomore John Caulfield highlighted the Bruin throwers in the shot put, throwing a lifetime-best 63-8.25 (old best 62-1.25) for the top mark of the day, placing him in Saturday's final. Fellow teammates Jake Knight (57-1.50) and Jeremy Silverman (55-0.75) also advanced to the finals as they threw the second and fourth-best marks of the day.
Caulfield had another top mark on the day, throwing 171-11 in the discus to move him into Saturday's final. Sophomore Greg Garza threw a season best 171-1 for the No. 2 mark of the day, while junior Jason Rider threw 169-7 for the fourth-best mark as all advanced to the finals. Silverman just missed a spot in the final, finishing 10th with a throw of 154-3.
In the hammer throw, freshman Boldizsar Kocsor posted the No. 2 mark of the day (189-1) to advance to the finals on Saturday.
In the triple jump, all four Bruin competitors advanced to Saturday's final as sophomore Dominique Easterling posted the top mark in that event with a jump of 49-8.50. Michael Johnson, Jr. was second with a mark of 48-1.75, while senior Demetre Howard was fifth (46-10.25) and junior Chris Merriweather was sixth (46-10).
Sophomore Joel Tuosto advances to Saturday's final with the second-best leap of the day, 22-11.75.
In the 200m, three Bruins advanced to the finals on Saturday as junior Brandon Johnson posted the fastest time of the day, 21.86. Senior Craig Everhart was second in 21.90, while sophomore James Rhoades was eighth (22.30).
Sophomore Mike Haddan ran the fastest 800m time of the day (1:53.50), while freshman Laef Barnes also topped the competitors in the 1500m, running 3:58.26. Junior Micky Cobrin was second in the 1500m (3:59.80) as all will compete in the finals on Saturday.
Freshman Kevin Craddock ran a lifetime-best in the 400m hurdles (52.25) to advance to the finals on Saturday. Junior Tracy Session also advanced to the finals, running 53.38, the sixth-fastest time of the day.
Junior Erik Emilsson finished third overall in his first 3000m steeplechase of the season, running 8:47.55. Senior Martell Munguia will compete on Saturday in the 800m.