May 14, 2005
The No. 17 UCLA men's track and field team stands in third place (45 pts.) after day one of the Pac-10 Championships, in which senior Yoo Kim won his first Pac-10 pole vault title. The Oregon Ducks stand in first place with 63.50 points, followed by ASU with 49 points. Competition concludes tomorrow beginning at 10:30 am with the women's hammer, while running events begin at 1:30 pm with the 4x100m final.
For the last three years, Yoo Kim has had to settle for second place in the pole vault at the Pac-10 meet, but this year, Kim finally broke into the No 1 spot, winning with a season-best jump of 17-9. Oregon's Tommy Skipper, the favorite coming into the competition, failed to clear his opening height, and ended the meet with no height.
In the shot put competition, the Bruins picked up 14 team points as freshman John Caulfield placed third (61-5.75), junior Jeremy Silverman finished fourth (61-4.75) and junior Jake Knight placed sixth (57-3.75). Junior Andrew Ninow threw a lifetime-best 198-10 in the hammer to place fourth, picking up five more points for the UCLA team, while, senior Ely Dial finished sixth in the javelin, throwing a lifetime-best 210-0.
In the running events, several Bruins advanced to tomorrow's finals, with three athletes in the 400m final and two runners in each of the hurdles races. Junior Craig Everhart ran a season-best and the fastest time of the day in the 400m (45.87). Senior Denye' Versher and sophomore Brandon Johnson also advanced to tomorrow's final, as Versher ran a season-best 46.49 and Johnson ran 46.78.
In the 400m hurdles, Johnson ran the second-fastest time on the day, 51.68, while senior Jonathan Williams was the third qualifier for tomorrow's final (51.92). Williams also advanced to Sunday's 110mH final with the second-fastest time on the day (13.92), while senior Tony Golston was fifth overall, in a time of 14.09.
In the steeplechase final, junior Erik Emilsson earned Pac-10 All-Conference honors, placing third in a time of 8:43.50.