May 27, 2006
Four Bruins automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships on the final day of the West Region Championships in Provo, UT - Freshman Kevin Craddock, seniors Craig Everhart and Martell Munguia, and sophomore Michael Johnson. As a team, UCLA placed sixth (62.50 points), while USC won with 123 points.
Craddock had an impressive run in the 110m high hurdles, finishing second in 13.77 (w+1.8) to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Senior Craig Everhart also advances to the NCAA meet after finishing third in the 400m in a new season-best time of 45.61 (old best 45.78). The time will keep Everhart at the No. 8 spot in the country.
Munguia finished fifth in the 800m, edging out Stanford's Michael Garcia by .01 seconds, running a season-best 1:49.04. Munguia automatically qualifies for nationals with the finish.
In the triple jump, sophomore Michael Johnson automatically advanced to nationals as he placed fourth overall with a mark of 51-2.75. Sophomore Dominique Easterling was sixth (51-0.25) and is now eligible for an at-large spot based on his national ranking (15th, 52-1.25) and finish today. Senior Demetre Howard finished ninth with a best jump of 50-5.25.
Senior Jeremy Silverman just missed the top-five, finishing sixth with a throw of 59-3.50. His season-best of 60-3 currently ranks 23rd and is eligible for an at-large bid to NCAA's. Senior Jake Knight finished 10th (56-9.25) overall and will wait and see if he is also given an at-large bid. His best mark of 61-3 currently ranks 19th on the national list. Sophomore John Caulfield fouled out and will not advance to the national meet despite having the 11th-best mark in the nation (63-8.25).
In all, the Bruins automatically qualified eight athletes and the 4x400m relay team for the NCAA Championships, held in Sacramento, CA June 7-10. They include - Kevin Craddock, (110mH, 2nd); Craig Everhart (400m, 3rd); Boldizsar Kocsor (hammer, 5th); Jason Rider (discus, 4th); Joel Tuosto (long jump, 1st); Michael Johnson (triple jump, 4th); David Shortenhaus (pole vault, 5th); Martell Munguia (800m, 5th)
At large selections will be announced next week.
Final Team Standings (top-10 teams)
1. USC, 123.00 pts.; 2. BYU, 84.50 pts.; 3. Arizona, 75 pts.; 4. Washington, 71 pts.; 5. Oregon, 68 pts.; 6. UCLA, 62.50 pts.; 7. Washington State, 39 pts.; 8. Boise State, 33 pts.; 9. Stanford, 27 pts.; 10. Arizona State, 26 pts.