June 17, 2004
Head Coach Art Venegas has announced the signing of eight individuals during the Spring signing period. Dustin DeLeo, Dominique Easterling, Michael Haddan, Michael Johnson, Boldiszar Kocsor, Matthew Reuter, Vache Sevajian, Drew Shackleton and Kyle Shackleton will enter as true freshmen. Dane Endly and Andrew Ninow will transfer from UC Riverside and American River Junior College, respectively. All have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Bruins this fall.
Dustin DeLeo is a pole vaulter who hails from Seal Beach, CA and attends Los Alamitos High School. He is coached by former Bruin great Mike Tully and vaulted a personal best 16-2 to win the Orange County Championships. That mark is also currently tied for No. 3 in the state this season. At the Arcadia Invitational, he placed second with a vault of 15-7. He cleared 15-5.75 (4.72m) to place seventh at the Golden West Invitational. He won the Southern Section Div. I title at 15-9. At the Southern Section Masters Meet, he tied for first clearing 15-8. And, at the 2004 CA State Meet, DeLeo vaulted 15-0 (4.57m) to finish 10th in the preliminaries.
Dominique Easterling is a jumper from Madras High School in Madras, OR. At the Oregon State 3A Championships, he defended his triple and high jumps titles and was third in the long jump. In the high jump, he cleared 6-8. In 2003, cleared 6-6 for the OR State 3A high jump title. In the triple jump, he won with a jump of 46-11.75 (w: 0.0). In 2003, he won with a jump of 48-11.75. He is also the meet record holder in the triple jump, after winning the 2002 title with a mark of 49-4.75. Easterling also had a fine performance at the Golden West Invitational. He won the triple jump with a mark of 49-2.50 (15.00m, w: 0.0). In the high jump, he cleared 6-4 (1.93m) to tie for fourth. And, he placed sixth in the long jump with a mark of 22-5.25 (6.84m, w: 1.0).
Dane Endly, from Laguna Hills, CA, will transfer to UCLA from UC Riverside and will have three remaining years of eligibility. He is a sprinter with a personal best of 21.44 in the 200m. His season bests for 2004 were 6.97 (60m), 10.91 (100m) and 21.92 (200m). As a senior at Laguna Hills High School, he finished sixth in the 200m at the 2003 CA State Meet in 21.64 (21.50q).
Michael Haddan, a middle distance runner from Woodbridge High School in Irvine, CA, is currently ranked No. 1 in the state in the 800m with a time of 1:51.50. He ran that time to win the event at the Southern Section Masters Meet. At the Arcadia Invitational, he placed third in 1:52.52. Haddan won the Southern Section Div. II 800m title in 1:54.30 (1:53.69q). And, at this year's CA State Meet, he placed third in the final (1:53.03) after winning his qualifying heat in 1:53.63. In 2002, Haddan finished second at the CA State Div. II Cross Country Championships in 15:08. He has also competed at the World Junior Championships.
Michael Johnson, a jumper from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, attends Rancho Cucamonga High School. He is currently ranked No. 3 in the state in the triple jump at 49-2 (w: 1.2), which he jumped to win the Southern Section Div. I title. He also won the Southern Section Masters Meet with a jump of 49-0.25w (w: 2.9). At the CA State Meet, he was the runner-up in the triple jump with a mark of 50-2.75w (15.31m, w: 3.7).
Boldiszar Kocsor, a thrower from University City High School in San Diego, CA, is one of the top-ranked hammer throwers and shot putters in the state. He is ranked No. 2 in the U.S. in the hammer with a mark of 199-11. His mark of 62-11.50, which he threw to win the San Diego Section Div. II shot put title, is ranked No. 3 this season. In the discus, he is ranked No. 18 in the state with a mark of 176-2. At this year's CA State Meet, he placed fifth in the shot put (60-6.50/18.45m). He also finished 13th in the discus with a throw of 169-9 (51.74m). At the San Diego Section Div. II Championships, Kocsor won the shot put (62-11.50) and was second in the discus (169-2). At the Golden West Invitational, he finished sixth in the shot, throwing 57-0.75 (17.39m). And, at the Arcadia Invitational, Kocsor placed eighth with a throw of 58-11.50.
Andrew Ninow is a thrower from Folsom, CA, who will transfer to UCLA from American River Junior College. Ninow is considered one of the top junior college throwers in the state. At this year's CA Community College Championships, he placed second in the hammer with a throw of 181-1 (55.19m). In the prelims, he threw 182-8. Ninow attended Folsom High School.
Matthew Reuter, a hurdler and high jumper from Ontario, CA, attends Brother Damien High School. In the state rankings, Reuter is No. 11 in the 110m hurdles at 14.42 (w: 1.5; No. 10 wind-aided time of 14.31), No. 13 (tied) in the high jump (6-8) and No. 20 in the 300m hurdles (38.61). At the Arcadia Invitational, Reuter won the 110m hurdles in 14.92 and was fourth in the 300m hurdles (39.50). At the Southern Section Div. II Championships, he won the 110m hurdles title in 14.38 (w: 2.5) and was sixth in the 300m hurdles (39.78, 38.61q). He also cleared 6-4 in the high jump in the prelims. At the State Meet, he tied for 17th in the 110m hurdle prelims with a time of 14.81 (w: 1.7).
Vache Sevajian, a shot putter, hails from Marantha High School in Pasadena, CA. This year, he is currently ranked No. 11 in the shot put at 59-4.75, which he threw in the prelims at the State Meet. He won the Southern Section Div. IV shot put title, throwing 57-5. And, he was fifth at the Masters Meet with a throw of 58-2. At the State Meet, Sevajian placed seventh in the final with a mark of 59-4.25 (18.09m). And, at the Arcadia Invitational, he finished 14th with a throw of 55-0.50.
Drew Shackleton is a distance runner from Carlmont High School in Belmont, CA who will join the Bruins along with twin brother Kyle this fall. This season, Drew is ranked No. 31 in the state in the 3200m at 9:20.58. At the Arcadia Invitational, he placed 16th in the 3200m, running 9:23.85.
Kyle Shackleton is a distance runner from Carlmont High School in Belmont, CA who will join the Bruins along with twin brother Drew this fall. In 2004, Kyle is ranked No. 6 in the state in the 3200m with a time of 9:05.36. He ran that time to finish third at the Central Coast Section Championships. At the CA State Meet, he finished fifth in the 3200m in 9:17.03. And, at the Arcadia Invitational, he finished 16th in the two-mile run in 9:12.92. In cross country last fall, he was ranked as the No. 7 runner in the state.