May 5, 2010
Ryann Krais and Trent Perez will kick off the track and field post-season this weekend as they compete in the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships in Berkeley. While those two look to pick up UCLA's first points of the conference meet, a small group of men and women will compete at the Oxy Invitational in Eagle Rock on Saturday.
Krais did not compete in a full heptathlon this season and heads into the meet unranked. She competed in the first day of the heptathlon at the RJ/JJK Invite and scored 3046 points. However, her lifetime-best of 5606 points would rank second in the Pac-10 this season. Krais will be battling Oregon's Brianne Theisen for the conference crown.
Perez ranks seventh in the conference with his total of 6586 and will be looking to score some points for the Bruins. Last season, Krais placed fourth, while Perez was seventh.
Heading to Oxy are several athletes looking to improve upon their marks before the Pac-10 meet. Of note is Turquoise Thompson in the 400m hurdles. Last weekend against USC, the freshman ran a blistering 56.75 in the intermediates. However, the results were rejected after a technical error that had only nine of the 10 hurdles on the track during the race. Several vaulters will also be in action, as well as some jumpers and a few runners.
Krishna Curry will be looking to improve upon last weekend's breakout performance in the 800m in which she ran 2:07.17. Cory Primm will also be coming back to compete after his lifetime-best performance against USC (1:47.56).
Athletes Ranked In The Top 25 Nationally (as of 5/5)
#5 Cory Primm - 800m (1:47.56)
#16 Marlon Patterson - 1500m (3:42.13)
#16T Casey DiCesare - Pole Vault (17-5/5.31m)
#16T Johnny Quinn - Pole Vault (17-5/5.31m)
#18 4x100m Relay (39.78)
#21 Dylan Knight - Steeple (8:48.84)
#23T Nelson Rosario (25-0/7.62m)
#24 Marco Anzures - 10,000m (29:00.21)
#24T Jonathan Clark (51-4.50/15.66m)
#25T Bo Taylor - Discus (182-8/55.69m)
#5 Katy Viuf - Pole Vault (14-2/4.32m)
#7T Tori Peòa - Pole Vault (14-1.25/4.30m)
#15T Danielle Watson - Long Jump (20-9.25/6.33m)
#14 4x400m Relay (3:35.60)
#15 Lindsay Rowe - 100m Hurdles (13.25)
#21 Ashlea McLaughlin - 400m (52.92)
Quinn Out For Rest Of 2010 Season
Pole vaulter Johnny Quinn is out for the rest of the season after suffering a wrist injury. He broke his right wrist, but will not require surgery. He will be in a cast for six weeks and then be re-evaluated.
Viuf Regains 2009 Form With 14-2 Vault
Katy Viuf has re-entered the national scene after battling injuries during indoors. After clearing 14-0 at the RJ/JJK Invite, Viuf cleared a lifetime-best 14-2 at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic in Florida. That mark is No. 3 in the NCAA and No. 3 all-time at UCLA.
Dylan Knight Moves Into Bruin Top-10
Competing in Tracktown USA (Eugene, OR), Knight blew away the steeplechase fi eld in a dual with the Ducks as he ran an impressive lifetimebest of 8:48.84 to win. That time is eighth in the NCAA and eight all-time in UCLA history.
Rowe Hurdles Into UCLA Top-10
Lindsay Rowe made her all-time top-10 debut at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic in Florida as she ran a lifetime-best 13.36 in the hurdles. With that time, Rowe moved to 10th all-time in school history. She then bettered that mark in the dual with USC, running the No. 9 time in school history, 13.25.
McLaughlin Hitting Her Stride
Junior sprinter Ashlea McLaughin's season is shaping up to be a big one as she has already ran lifetime-bests in the 200m, 400m and 800m this season. She has been building a strong base through 800m training and it has carried over into the sprinting events. Against USC, McLaughlin dipped below the 53-second barrier, running 52.92.
Primm & Patterson Carry Middle Distance Torch
Senior Marlon Patterson opened his outdoor season with a bang at the Cal/NV meet, running the top 1500m time by an American (at the time) with his lifetime-best run of 3:42.13. Primm ran a lifetime-best 1:47.56 against USC for the No. 5 800m mark in the NCAA.
Peña Vaults To New Heights In Senior Season
After clearing a lifetime-best 13-11.25 during indoors, Peòa has continued to move up the bar as she cleared a lifetime-best 14-1.25 at the Cal/NV meet. That mark is tied for second in the NCAA this season and tied for No. 4 all-time in UCLA history.