May 18, 2002
Pullman, WA - After the first day of the 2002 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships, hosted by Washington State, Coach Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women are in fourth place (32 points) and Coach Art Venegas' Bruin men are in fourth place (41 points) after one day of competition. The meet will conclude Sunday.
Men - 1. Stanford 58, 2. Oregon 57, 3. Arizona 44, 4. UCLA 41, 5. Arizona State 35, 6. USC 32, 7. Washington 22, 8. Washington State 19, 9. California 4
UCLA Men's Head Coach Art Venegas: "We had some real breakthroughs today. Scott Wiegand in the shot put and C.J. Bell competing in both the pole vault and long jump at the same time. Bell displayed an impressive effort. In track qualifying, Charles Ryan and Michael Lipscomb had solid, controlled running, including Lipscomb's personal best in the 200m. Looking to tomorrow, we have a big event in the discus. With a good day, we can still get second place in the team competition."
Finals - Field
Hammer - In the finals, sophomore Dan Ames (Lakeside, CA/El Capitan HS) placed fourth with a throw of 195-3 (59.51m, personal best). Senior Scott Moser (Huntington Beach, CA/Huntington Beach HS) finished fifth with a throw of 191-11 (58.50m). Oregon's Adam Kriz won the 2002 Pac-10 title with a throw of 210-7 (64.20m).
Javelin - Senior Octavious Gillespie (Hillsboro, OR/Lane CC/Hillsboro HS) placed sixth with a throw of 203-5 (62.00m). Oregon's Nick Bakke won the event with a throw of 227-3 (69.28m).
Pole Vault - Senior C.J. Bell (Redlands, CA/Riverside CC/Redlands HS) placed second with a personal best vault of 17-7.25 (5.37m, NCAA Provisional, No. 10 in school history). Washington's Brad Walker won the 2002 Pac-10 title with a vault of 18-0.5 (5.50m).
Bell on today's vault: "Today was going to be the last meet of my life unless I did what was necessary to continue. Thanks to good coaching and a great school, I was able to do better than expected. Hopefully, today's vault will carry me to the NCAA Championships."
Long Jump - Sophomore Juaune Armon (San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty HS) finished ninth with a jump at 23-2.5 (7.07m). Armon entered with the top-mark in the Pac-10 at 26-3 (8.00m), but injured his right knee. He will try to come back tomorrow in the triple jump. Bell placed 11th at 22-9.75 (6.95m) and Gillespie was 13th at 21-10.75 (6.67m).
Shot Put - Junior Scott Wiegand (Arcadia, CA/Arcadia HS) won the 2002 Pac-10 title with an outdoor best throw of 64-1.75 (19.55m, NCAA automatic). Ames was fifth at 59-4.75 (18.10m), Moser was sixth at 59-3 (18.06m) and junior Jack Clamon (Atlanta, GA/Westminster School) was seventh at 56-11.25 (18.10m).
Since 1990, the Bruin men have won seven Pac-10 shot put titles. The last Bruin to win the Pac-10 shot put title was Wade Tift in 1999 (60-4, 18.39m).
Wiegand on winning the Pac-10 shot put title: "I set this as a goal early in my career and I kept my eye on the prize. The Pac-10 Championship is something that you always aim for. We've been working hard as a team and with the support and challenge of my teammates, family and, especially, Coach Art Venegas, I was able to achieve my goal."
10,000m - Senior Bryan Green (Palmdale, CA/Littlerock HS) had a disappointing ending to his collegiate career. Green did not finish the race due to dehydration. Stanford's Jonathon Riley won the 2002 Pac-10 title in 30:22.64.
110m Hurdles - In the first heat, sophomore Charles Ryan (Richmond, CA/McClymonds HS) placed second in a time of 14.15, advancing to Sunday's final. Ryan ran the fourth fastest time of the day. Oregon's Micah Harris ran the fastest qualifying time at 13.94. Freshman Jonathan Williams (Los Angeles, CA/Notre Dame HS), also running in the first heat, finished fifth in 14.52. Williams also qualified for Sunday's final.
400m - Junior Marques Burrus (Petaluma, CA/UCSB/Petaluma HS) ran a 58.08 in the second heat. Midway through the race, Burrus sustained a leg injury, but was able to complete the race. Burrus does not qualify Sunday's final.
100m - Senior Michael Lipscomb (West Covina, CA/Mt. SAC/South Hills HS) advanced to Sunday's final with the day's fifth best time of 10.48.
800m - Sophomore Nick Thornton (Vista, CA/Rancho Buena Vista HS) ran a 1:59.08. Thornton does not qualify for Sunday's final.
400m Hurdles - Williams and junior John Barbieri (Carpinteria, CA/Carpinteria HS) both qualified for Sunday's final with times of 54.41 and 54.58, respectively.
Junior Kyle Erickson, who has the best mark in the Pac-10 at 49.62, did not compete due to hamstring injury, but will compete at the NCAA Championships.
200m - Lipscomb had the fastest qualifying time at 20.64 (personal best, NCAA provisional). Lipscomb advanced to Sunday's final.
The Pac-10 Championships will continue Sunday, May 19, at Washington State's Mooberry Track Complex. There will be 29 finals held tomorrow.