Feb. 13, 2008
The No. 15 men's track and field team will split for two indoor competitions this Friday and Saturday as the throwers and sprinters will head to the Iowa State Classic, while the distance team and jumpers will compete at the Tyson Invite in Arkansas. The women's team will also compete at the Tyson meet.
Tyson Invitational - Fayetteville, AR
The Tyson Invitational is one of the premier indoor meets of the season featuring 88 schools and track clubs. Some of the U.S. and world's finest track and field athletes will be competing in Fayetteville, AR this weekend. The meet features college, Olympic development and invitational sections. Field events begin at 9:00 am (EST) on Friday and 10:00 am (EST) on Saturday. Running events start at 9:00 am (EST) on Friday and 10:00 am (EST) on Saturday. The special invitational section of the meet will begin on Friday evening at 8:00 pm (EST).
UCLA will send a large contingent of athletes to the Tyson Invite with freshman Cory Primm (800m) and junior Laef Barnes (mile) running in the Olympic development section of their respective events. Several athletes will also compete in the 'championship' and 'college' sections during the meet.
Iowa State Classic - Ames, IA
The Iowa State Classic has featured Pac-10, Big Ten, SEC and Big XII teams in previous years and this weekend's meet looks to be no different. The team will field a 4x400m relay squad with the hopes of picking up an NCAA qualifier, while the throwers will look to improve on their already-qualified NCAA marks. This is also the site for one of the NCAA Last Chance qualifying meets which will be held March 7-8.
Men's Team Notes
The men opened up the indoor season not ranked and then catapulted to the No. 4 spot in last week's national rankings after stellar performances by the Bruins in Seattle at the UW Invite. After a bye week for the Bruins, the team fell to No. 15 in the latest rankings. The men have achieved NCAA qualifying marks for five individuals and one relay. Senior John Caulfield has the only "A" qualifier for the Bruins, but several Bruins currently rank amongst the top-10 in the country in their respective events with provisional marks.
Caulfield's shot put mark of 63-6.75 ranks fifth in the country. The distance medley relay's time of 9:40.72 also ranks fifth in the country. Junior Boldizsar Kocsor, who was just about half a foot shy of the auto mark in the weight throw, ranks sixth in the nation with his best of 69-10. Senior Austin Ramos ranks eighth with his school record run of 7:55.60. He is just under one second shy of the auto mark in the 3000m. Freshman Cory Primm ranks seventh in the country with his 800m time of 1:49.70. Junior Laef Barnes rounds out the NCAA qualified Bruins with his time of 4:03.28 in the mile, which ranks 26th in the nation this season.
The freshman jumpers have started off the season well and will be competing in Arkansas this weekend. Jonathan Clark leads the way after having posted his first collegiate win two weeks ago in the triple jump (49-7.75) at the UW Invite.
Women's Team Notes
The women's team started off the season ranked 14th in the country, but have since fallen out of the polls due to the fact that several of UCLA's top athletes have not opened up yet. One highlight for the Bruins has been the vaulting crew as five women have jumped 12-2 or higher. Junior Kati Viuf has been an incredibly pleasant surprise for the vault crew. Last year, she joined the team to learn the pole vault for the first time. As an unattached athlete, she cleared 10-6 at the RJ/JJK Invite. Already this season, she has posted an NCAA provisional mark of 13-1.75 (which ranks ninth all-time in UCLA history) in just her second meet in a Bruin uniform. That mark is the 13th-best clearance in the country this season.
All-American senior Renee Williams will open up in the long jump this weekend, as well as one of last year's top freshman, Danielle Watson. Several sprinters will also be in action in Arkansas, along with a couple distance runners as the Bruins will look to return to the top-25 after this weekend's meet.