March 29, 2008
The No. 7 UCLA men's track and field team captured the team title at the Cal/Nevada Championships on Saturday behind senior John Caulfield's very impressive performances in both the shot put and discus. In all, the Bruins tallied 17 season or lifetime-best marks and picked up four new regional qualifiers on Saturday. UCLA easily won the meet with 238 points. Fresno State (165), UC Davis (78.50), Cal State Northridge (66) and Cal State Los Angeles (59) rounded out the top five teams.
Caulfield, who had thrown a two-foot best on Friday in the prelims of the discus, tacked on six more feet Saturday to post the No. 1 discus mark in the nation this season (197-10). In the shot put, Caulfield bettered his season-best by a foot with a toss of 62-7.75 as he won both events and achieved regional qualifying standards.
Caulfield's win in the shot put highlighted a Bruin sweep in the event as sophomore Darius Savage (59-9.75) and freshman Bo Taylor (59-2) finished second and third with NCAA regional marks. Both of the men's marks were also lifetime-best performances. Senior Greg Garza finished just behind Caulfield in the discus with his second-place throw of 194-9. That mark was a season-best and regional qualifier for the two-time All-American.
The Bruins had seven event wins including Caulfield's two in the shot put and discus. Senior Henry Hagenbuch ran a lifetime-best 3:50.65 in the 1500m to win the event. Junior Boldizsar Kocsor, who set a new UCLA Junior Class record on Friday in the hammer, won the event with a throw of 217-3. Senior Elijah Wells won the 400m in a time of 48.02.
Freshman Jonathan Clark had a strong showing in the triple jump as he posted a season-best and regional qualifying mark of 49-9.25 to win the event. Sophomore Steven Taylor also posted a season-best and regional qualifying performance in the triple as he had a top mark of 49-2.50 for second-place. Freshman vaulter Johnny Quinn had a big day in the pole vault as he cleared a lifetime-best 17-0.75 to win the event.
Lifetime-best performances include - Marco Anzures, 1500m (3:51.48); Scott Crawford, 800m (1:50.97); Marlon Patterson, 800m (1:52.05); JP Castel, 110mH (15.06); Ryan Gordon, steeplechase (9:34.06); Johnny Quinn, PV (17-0.75); .
Season-best performances include - Stan Griffin, 100m (10.75) and 200m (21.38); 4x100m relay (41.33); Daniel Kirkpatrick, HJ (6-10.75); Steven Taylor, TJ (49-2.50); John Caulfield, SP (62-7.25); Greg Garza, DT (194-9).