Select Members of the UCLA Men's Track & Field Team Compete This Weekend at the USA Senior and Junior National Meets

June 22, 2002

Eighteen UCLA men (seven) and women (11) track & field athletes will compete this weekend (June 21-23) at the 2002 USA Senior and Junior National T & F Championships, held at the Cobb Track and Angell Field on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto.

This is the first time in USA track & field history the national Senior and Junior (between the ages of 14-19 in the calendar year 2002) meets are being held on the same dates at the same site. The Junior Nationals will take place Friday-Saturday (June 21-22) and the Senior meet will be held Friday-Sunday (June 21-23).

The Senior meet will be televised on Sunday (June 23), from 2:30-4 p.m. PDT on ESPN 2.

Athletes winning their individual events in the Senior meet will earn a spot on the Team USA roster for the 2002 IAAF World Cup in Athletics, Sept. 21-22 in Madrid, Spain. The Junior Meet will serve as the selection competition for the 2002 World Junior T & F Championships, July 16-21 in Kingston, Jamaica.

Bruin Men at Senior Nationals (June 21-23)
Leading the Bruin men into the Senior meet will be senior thrower Scott Moser and senior sprinter Michael Lipscomb.

Moser, from Huntington Beach HS, will compete in the discus final on Saturday. He completed his UCLA career at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor, placing third (198-3) in the discus. For the last two seasons he was the highest placing American in the discus at the NCAA Outdoor and he ended his Bruin career as a five-time All-American.

Lipscomb, from West Covina (South Hills HS), who qualified in the 200m at both the 2002 NCAA Outdoor and Indoor meets, on Saturday will run in the 200m first round, with the 200m semifinals and final set for Sunday (June 23).

The Bruin men's program will be represented by several prominent UCLA alumni. Leading the Bruin alums will be ? Jesse (Jess) Strutzel, who won two NCAA Indoor titles during his UCLA career (2000, 800m, 1:46.57; 1999, distance medley relay, anchor, 9:33.17) in the 800m; Meb Keflezighi, the American record-holder in the 10,000m (27:13.98, 2001) who won four NCAA titles while at UCLA, in the 5000m and 10,000m; Scott Slover (No. 2 on the all-time Bruin chart, 18-7.25) and Brian McLaughlin (No. 4 on the all-time UCLA list, 18-0.25i) in the pole vault; John Godina, the defending World and U. S. shot put champion, in the shot put and discus and Josh Johnson, son of Bruin great and 1960 Olympic gold medal winner in the decathlon Rafer Johnson, in the javelin.

Bruin Men at Junior Nationals (June 21-22)
On Friday in the discus, freshman Jason Rider (Murietta/Murietta Valley HS), who at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor in the discus was 17th (176-9), finished sixth (186-6, personal-best) in the discus, followed by freshman redshirt Jeremy Silverman (Annville, PA/Annville-Cleona), who placed seventh (178-6). Freshman Jonathan Williams (Los Angeles/Notre Dame HS), who tied for seventh at the Pac-10 meet in the 110m hurdles (14.76), will compete in the 110m hurdle semifinals, with the final set for Saturday. Freshman Ben Aragon, who placed seventh (3:48.89, personal-best) in the 1500m at the Pac-10, had the No. 8 mark (3:53.91) in the 1500m qualifying and advances to Saturday's final.

On Saturday, Silverman and redshirt freshman Jake Knight (Riverside/Rubidoux HS) will compete in the shot put final.

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