May 7, 2002
Art Venegas' UCLA men's track and field teams will compete on Saturday (May 11) at the Occidental and Modesto Invitationals.
Also this weekend (May 11-12) in Pullman, WA and hosted by Washington State, the 2002 Pacific-10 T & F Championships will begin with the decathlon and heptathlon competitions. The Bruin men will send senior Octavious Gillespie and junior Andrew Phillips for the decathlon competition, the Bruin women will not enter any heptathlon competitors.
Phillips this season has a top decathlon mark of 6763 (April 18-19) and Gillespie's best season total is 6103 (March 14-15).
The 2002 Pacific-10 Championships will continue the following weekend (May 18-19) in Pullman as the conference's men and women's squads compete for the team title. Last year in Berkeley, the Bruin women won the Pac-10 title for the fifth consecutive time (seven total during Bolden's 8+ years) and the UCLA men placed third. In the 1990s, UCLA men won the conference championship six times (including five in a row from 1992-96), with the last league crown coming in 1998.
Bruins Beat USC Last Saturday at Drake Stadium
Both the Bruin women and men defeated USC last Saturday (May 4) before 8,094 at UCLA's Drake Stadium in the traditional dual meet between the two schools. The Bruin women won for the 10th consecutive time, 111-92 and the UCLA men avenged last year's loss to USC, beating the Trojans 121-81.
UCLA Men Beat USC
Venegas' UCLA Bruins, rated No. 18 in the U.S., defeated USC, ranked No. 22 in the nation. The Bruins won 14 events on the day. UCLA was led by seniors Scott Moser and Michael Lipscomb, each winning a pair of events.
Moser, from Huntington Beach, CA HS, started things off for the Bruin men, winning the hammer with a personal best throw of 210-111/2 (NCAA provisional qualifier, No. 5 in school history). It was the first time since 1992 that UCLA had won the men's hammer. Moser was also victorious in the discus with a season best throw of 200-3 (NCAA Automatic qualifier).
Lipscomb, who prepped at West Covina, CA South Hills HS, won both the 100m and 200m in 10.41 (tied season best) and 20.5, respectively. Lipscomb also anchored UCLA's 4x400m relay team that won in 3:07.54.
Other Bruins contributing to the victory were Octavious Gillespie, Juaune Armon, Dan Ames, Justin Patananan, Ben Aragon, Charles Ryan, Nick Thornton, Kyle Erickson and Bryan Green. Gillespie won the javelin with a throw of 209-11. In the long jump, Armon set a new UCLA sophomore class record and personal best with his winning mark of 26-3 (NCAA automatic qualifier, No. 5 in school history). Ames won the shot put with a throw of 63-4 (19.30m).
In the 3,000m steeplechase, Patananan won in a personal best 8:59.45. Other winners on the track were freshman Aragon in the 1,500m, 3:49.32 (personal best). Ryan ran a personal legal best 13.69 (No. 6 in school history) in the 110m hurdles. In the 800m, Thornton won in 1:52.06. Erickson set a new personal best in the 400m hurdles improving to 49.62 (NCAA automatic qualifier, No. 4 in school history). And, senior Bryan Green, competing in his last meet against the Trojans, won the 5,000m (14:47.95). UCLA's 4x400m relay team of Thornton, Erickson, Marques Burrus and Lipscomb won in 3:07.54.
For the Trojans, Jeff Ryan won the pole vault (16-10 1/2), David Jaworsky won the high jump (6-10 1/4), Julien Kapek won the triple jump (54-9 1/2, No. 1 on current U.S. collegiate list), Brandon Matlock won the 400m (47.68) and the 4x100m relay team of Darrell Rideaux, Sultan McCullough, Devon Ward and Wes Felix won in 39.68.
With Saturday's victory, the Bruin men have won five dual meets this season without a loss. The series record between UCLA and USC now stands at 39-30 in favor of USC (the Trojans won the first 33 meets in a row, dating back to 1934; UCLA's first dual victory over USC was 1966). In 2001, USC hosted the meet and the Trojan men defeated UCLA, 82-81, snapping UCLA's 22-meet winning streak, dating back to 1978.
The Bruins and Trojans will continue to battle throughout the remainder of the 2002 outdoor collegiate season. After the Pac-10 Championships in Pullman, the 2002 NCAA T & F Championships will take place May 29-June 1 in Baton Rouge, LA, hosted by Louisiana State. In 2001, the UCLA women won the NCAA Indoor title, beat USC in the dual meet and at the Pac-10, but the Trojan women won the NCAA Outdoor title, with UCLA placing second. In men's competition last year, USC placed second at the Pac-10 and UCLA was third.