March 31, 2012
It was a split decision for the men's track and field squad on Saturday as the Bruins utterly dominated the Tennessee Volunteers, but fell to the Washington State Cougars in the final event of the day.
The Bruins defeated Tennessee 110-48, improving to 12-1 all-time against the Vols. Washington State edged out the Bruins in the final event of the meet, the 4x400m relay, to win by a score of 85.50-77.50. UCLA still leads the all-time series 6-1 as today's loss marked WSU's first win in the series history.
During the day, the Bruins broke three meet records against the Vols and six against the Cougs. UCLA also posted seven event wins, 11 lifetime-bests and 19 season-best marks.
Three-time All-American sophomore Alec Faldermeyer started the day off with a bang as he threw the No. 2 hammer mark in the NCAA with a monster throw of 221-1 to win the event. That throw broke both meet records against WSU and Tennessee and set a new UCLA sophomore class record. This was the second consecutive meet in which Faldermeyer has won the hammer.
Like his counterpart Faldermeyer, sophomore Mike Woepse also continued his 2012 outdoor unbeaten streak as he easily won the pole vault with clearance of 17-6.25. That mark breaks the meet record against Washington State.
Other field event highlights - Carlo Valdez placed third in the javelin with a season-best throw (202-3); Mark Sakioka was fourth in the pole vault with a season-best of 16-1.25; Ahmed Mahmood placed second in the long (22-7.75) and third in the triple (46-2.75, lifetime-best); Mark Weber threw a lifetime-best for the second consecutive week in the shot put to finish third (57-6.25); Thomas Nagengast was third in the discus (174-0); Drew Huusfeldt was third in the high jump (6-3.50); and Dillon Stucky was second in the triple with a season-best mark of 49-5.
The 4x100m relay team of Jamal Alston, Karlton Rolle, Maxwell Dyce and R.J. Frasier blazed to a win with a season-best time of 39.61. That broke the meet record against the Cougars and moves them into a tie for the fourth-best mark in the NCAA. Rolle had a big win in the 200m as he clocked 21.24 to edge out Tennessee's Jamol James by .01 seconds, while Alston ran a season-best 10.68 in the 100m to place second. Rolle also finished third in the 100m (10.76).
Dustin Fay had a big run in the 3000m as he won with a time of 8:07.74 to pull the Bruins within three (80.5-77.5) heading into the final event of the meet, the 4x400m relay. The 4x400m relay was without Maxwell Dyce who was resting a sore leg, but the foursome of Sean Burd, Matthew Bedford, Laijon White and Pete Lauderdale battled hard, giving the Cougars all they could handle as the meet was decided by mere 100ths of a second with WSU winning 3:14.62 to UCLA's 3:14.79.
Other running event highlights - Alec Govi was third in the 1500m with a lifetime-best of 3:50.19; David McDonald was second in the steeple with a season-best run of 9:12.03; Lauderdale was second in the 400m (48.37); R.J. Frasier ran a lifetime-best of 52.30 in the 400m hurdles to place fourth; Jonathan Simmons placed second in the 800m (1:52.15); Sam DeMello was third in the 800m (1:52.71).
The Bruins will head to Eugene, OR next weekend (Apr. 7) to compete in the Pepsi Invitational, a quadrangular meet between reigning outdoor NCAA champion Texas A&M and Pac-12 rivals Oregon and Washington.