May 1, 2010
The men's track and field team fell to USC on Saturday in dual meet action as the Bruins posted seven event wins, two event sweeps and many memorable performances. USC defeated the Bruins 96-67 for the Trojans' first win in Drake Stadium since 1977.
The 4x100m relay team of Jamal Alston, Karlton Rolle, Maxwell Dyce and Brandon Smith blazed through the finish line with a winning time of 39.78. That mark was a season-best (old best, 40.02) and No. 17 in the NCAA this season. Today's win marks the first time since 1996 that the Bruins have defeated USC in the 4x100m during the dual.
The sprinters had a solid day as several men posted lifetime-best performances. Rolle led the way in the 100m, placing 2nd with a personal-best 10.56. Smith was second as he equaled his best mark, 10.65, and Griffin was sixth with a lifetime-best mark of 10.71. Griffin also ran a season-best in the 200m, finishing third overall (21.53).
Cory Primm had a career day in the 800m as he ran the No. 3 mark in the NCAA this season, 1:47.56. That time moves him up one spot to sixth all-time in UCLA history. Teammates Scott Crawford and Jonathan Simmons also ran lifetime-bests as Crawford was fourth (1:49.40) and Simmons was fifth (1:50.90).
Marlon Patterson held off USC's Blake Shaw in the 1500m for the win, holding on down the stretch to cross the finish line in a time of 3:44.62. Alex Crabill was third with a time of 3:47.80. The Bruins swept the 5000m as Marco Anzures led the way with a winning time of 14:44.53. Zack Torres was second (14:50.50), while Dylan Knight was third with a lifetime-best run of 15:09.71. Knight also led a Bruin sweep in the steeple as he won with a mark of 9:00.06. His twin brother Spencer was second with a season-best 9:02.18, while David McDonald was third with a lifetime-best 9:17.14.
The horizontal jumpers had some clutch performances for the Bruins as both Nelson Rosario and Jonathan Clark won their events on their final jumps of the competition. Rosaro won the long jump with a mark of 25-0, equaling his lifetime-best performance. That mark ranks 20th in the NCAA this season. He was the final jumper of the competition and won with his last attempt. Rosario also finished second in the high jump with a mark of 6-8.75. Clark won the triple jump with a mark of 51-4.50. USC's Manjul Wijesekara jumped 51-3.50 on his final attempt, but it wasnt enough as Clark held on to win. Clark also finished third in both the long jump (23-7.25) and high jump (6-6.75) with season-best performances.
In the pole vault, the Bruins were without Johnny Quinn and Greg Woepse. Quinn broke his wrist earlier in the week and will most likely miss the rest of the season. Woepse is still dealing with hamstring issues and is gearing up to return at Pac-10s. With that duo out, Casey DiCesare stepped in and finished second with a clearance of 17-1. DiCesare was also fourth in the long jump with a lifetime-best mark of 23-2.50.
Nigel Davies led the way in the shot put as he threw a season-best 55-6.50 to finish second overall. Bo Taylor, who was hampered by a sprained ankle, was third in the discus (176-7). In the javelin, Carlo Valdes had a career day as he threw a lifetime-best 201-10 for third-place.
The Bruins will now shift their focus to the post-season as the Pac-10 Championships are on the horizon (May 8-9/15-16) in Berkeley, while a few athletes will compete next weekend at the Oxy Invitational.