March 15, 2008
Junior Boldizsar Kocsor and freshman Tori Anthony highlighted the Bruin track and field teams on Saturday on the final day of the NCAA Indoor Championships as both earned All-American honors in their respective events. The men's team finished the meet in 14th-place with 13.50 points as all but one competitor earned All-American honors during the two-day meet. Arizona State won both the men's and women's indoor crowns.
Kocsor finished seventh in the weight throw with a lifetime-best throw of 70-1.50. He opened up the competition with that mark and held on to finish in a scoring position for the Bruins. He becomes the first Bruin since Danny Ames in 2004 to earn All-American honors in the weight throw. He is also the third thrower of the meet to earn National honors.
"I'm really excited about being All-American," said Kocsor. I thought I could place higher, but I'm stll happy. I threw a PR on my first attempt and just couldn't get a bigger throw after that. I think it's cool to have three All-Americans on the throws side. This gives me and the team a lot of confidence heading into the outdoor season."
"This was one of our best indoor performances in recent years," said head coach Art Venegas. "All but one athlete improved on their rank coming in and that gives us a lot of confidence for the coming months. I'm really proud of Boldi and how he competed today. It's great to see him get his first All-American honor and we look foward to seeing this weekend's success carry over into the outdoor season."
Freshman Tori Anthony also tallied the first All-American honor of her young career as she tied for eighth in the pole vault with a mark of 13-5.25. Anthony, who had come into the meet with a top mark of 13-6, was the sole competitor for the Bruin women's team and made the most of it as she finished in a scoring position in her first NCAA meet.
Anthony's finish marked the third consecutive season and the seventh time in eight years that a Bruin woman has earned indoor All-American honors in the pole vault.
"I'm fired up," said vault coach Anthony Curran. "Two All-Americans for the vault group this weekend and I'm fired up about that. Tori jumped really well at 13-9 and barely hit it on the way down. Unfortunately she got caught under on her third attempt and couldn't clear the bar. Had she cleared it, I have a feeling she would have been one of the top-three finishers.
"Tori got a late start to the season because she had to rehab a back injury most of the fall, and for her to come out and compete like a veteran today was great to see."
"In the fall, we didn't try to rush back into practice or competition," said Anthony. "It's great to finish in the top-eight and get All-American honors after the slow start to my season. I got better each week and was really ready to go for it today. I had some unlucky vaults at 13-9, but I feel pretty confident heading into the outdoor season."
The men's final competitor of the meet, Austin Ramos, finished 15th in the 3000m in a time of 8:14.25. The senior had only competed in one indoor meet this season (back on Feb. 2) as he rehabbed a stress reaction in his leg during the last month and a half. During the first half of the race, Ramos was running in the top-four, but fell back towards the end of the 3000m.
"He was diagnosed with a stress reaction the week after he broke the school record back in February," said distance coach Eric Peterson. "He's been training sporadically and mostly cross-training until this past week when we were able to get him out on the track and test his leg. We knew there was a chance he might not run well, but we needed to take that chance. He's a senior and earned the right to compete and he decided on his own to run.
"I'm proud of him for making a run at it and giving it another try. We need to make sure he heals completely and get ready for the outdoor season."