June 21, 2000
LOS ANGELES -- UCLA head men's track and field coach Art Venegas has announced an outstanding recruiting class for the upcoming 2001 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.
Venegas, entering his second season as the Bruin men's head coach and who is regarded as one of the world's top throws coaches, in 2000 led the Bruin men to a fourth-place tie at the Pacific-10 Conference Outdoor meet. He took over for long-time Bruin coach Bob Larsen who retired following the 1999 outdoor season.
Leading the 15-man announced recruiting class are eight performers who are considered to be among the top athletes in their respective events entering collegiate competition in 2000-2001. They are (alphabetically):
Juane Armon (Archbishop Mitty HS, San Jose) - a jumper with best marks of 23-11 (long jump) and 45-11 1/2 (triple jump). He placed sixth in the long jump at the recently completed State meet.
Shane Hackett (Verdugo Hills HS, Verdugo Hills) - The State and Arcadia champion in the pole vault, with a best of 16-4 (No. 4 on the current U. S. prep list).
Oliver Jackson (Royal HS, Simi Valley) - The State champion in the long jump, Jackson's best jumps are 24-5 3/4 (long jump, No. 5 on the current U. S. prep list) and 44-7 (triple jump). He's also run a 38.50 (300m hurdles).
Trevor Jones (Newport Harbor HS, Newport Beach) - At the National Scholastic Meet held June 17 in Raleigh, NC, Jones placed third in the 400m hurdles, with a personal-best 52.02. The State champion in the 300m hurdles and runnerup in the 110m high hurdles, his personal-best hurdle marks are 36.60, 36.3 hand-timed (300m hurdles) and 13.99 (110m high hurdles). Jones, who is the Golden West 110m high hurdles champion and the 2000 Orange County Athlete of the Year , has also run a 10.87 (100m), 21.98 (200m) and a 46.9 relay split.
Yoo Kim (Korea) - Has a personal-best 16-8 in the pole vault.
Michael Lipscomb (Mt. San Antonio CC) - Personal-bests 10.40 (100m) and 21.03 (200m) in the sprints.
Anthony Ortiz (Helix HS, San Diego) - Finishing second in the State triple jump, Ortiz has jump bests of 23-8 3/4 (long jump) and 49-3 (triple jump).
Warren Rogers (Serra HS, Gardena) - One of the nation's top prep sprinters who was slowed this season with a left hamstring injury, Rogers is the State champion in the 100m, with season sprint bests of 10.42 (100m) and 21.07 (200m). He led Serra to the 2000 State Meet team championship by running the second leg on Serra's winning 400m and 1600m relays. His sprint personal-bests, set in 1999, are10.34 and 20.88.
Rounding out the UCLA men's track and field recruiting class for 2000-2001 are (alphabetically):
Nathan Chandler (Serra HS, Gardena) - Has run a personal-best 1:54.9 in the 800m.
Rodney Diggs (Loyola HS, Los Angeles) - Sprint bests of 21.7 (200m) and 48.19 (400m).
Anthony Golston (Point Loma HS, San Diego) - A hurdler, with personal-bests, set in 1999, of 14.31 (110m high hurdles), 36.98 (300m hurdles) and 53.77 (400m hurdles). Despite an injury this season, he still ran season-bests of 14.44 and 38.02. In 1999, he was third in the State intermediate hurdles and also placed third in the 400m hurdles at the National Junior Olympics.
Stephen Hayes (Uni. of San Diego HS) - A sprinter, with personal-bests, set in 1999, of 10.59 (100m) and 21.50 (200m). Although injured in 2000, Hayes still ran a season best of 10.74.
Jon Rankin (Monte Vista HS, Spring Valley) - The runnerup at the Arcadia Invite in the 1600m, Rankin has run a personal-best 4:10.08.
Christopher Staton (Patrick Henry HS, San Diego) - A high jumper with a personal-best 6-10.
Denye Versher (St. Mary's HS, Berkeley) - His personal-best time in the 400m is 48.35.