March 5, 2005
The UCLA men's track and field team won 12 events and picked up eight Regional qualifying marks on Saturday at the UCLA Invitational as the Bruin throwers led the team with six regional qualifying marks and three meet champions.
Freshman John Caulfield continued an impressive season, winning the shot put with a lifetime-best throw of 61-2.75. Caulfield also placed second in the discus with a collegiate-best throw (171-5). Freshman Greg Garza won the discus with a collegiate-best 176-0 and Jason Rider (169-4) and Josh Rider (165-7) went 3-4 in the discus as both threw NCAA Regional marks. Junior Jake Knight won the hammer with a throw of 181-6 and junior Jeremy Silverman placed second in the shot with a season-best and regional qualifying throw of 60-8.50.
Freshman David Shipp won the 400m in a lifetime-best time of 48.13. Senior Jonathan Williams won the 110m hurdles in a regional qualifying time of 14.16 and sophomore Brandon Johnson won the 400m hurdles in 55.27. The 4x100m relay team of Chauncee Smith, Dane Endly, Jeff Jacobs and Matt Bruno won in a time of 8:33.70 and the 4x400m relay team of Chadwick Dunn, Kevin Ahlstrom, Jason Eiker-Wiles and Jeff Jacobs won in a time of 3:10.65.
Seniors Jon Rankin and Ben Aragon went 1-2 in the 800m with Rankin winning in a regional time of 1:50.32 and Aragon placing second (1:51.85). Junior Martell Munguia won the 1500m (3:52.96), while freshman Austin Ramos won the 3000m (8:13.39) and junior Erik Emilsson placed second (8:15.02). Junior Chris Merriweather won the triple jump with a mark of 46-7.25
Next week the Bruins will return to indoor action as qualified athletes head to Fayetteville, AR for the NCAA Indoor Championships. UCLA will return to outdoor action March 18-19 as they travel to the Cal State Northridge Invitational.