March 28, 2008
The Bruin track and field team had an impressive showing on day one of the Cal/Nevada Championships as the throwers highlighted the men with multiple regional qualifying marks and some of the top throws in the nation this year. Leading the way were senior John Caulfield and junior Boldizsar Kocsor as both threw lifetime-best marks in their respective events.
Caulfield had a big day in both the shot put and discus as he threw a lifetime-best of 191-6 in the discus (previous best, 189-9) to be the No. 1 qualifier out of the prelim flights. The senior also threw the shot put a distance of 61-9 to be the top qualifier in that event as well. Kocsor posted a new best mark by over three feet of 222-6 in the hammer (old best, 219-1) as he was also the No. 1 qualifier in that event. His mark breaks the previous Junior Class record set by David Wilson in 1988 of 218-5.
Also in the throws, three other Bruins tallied regional marks and advanced to Saturday's finals. Sophomore Darius Savage posted the No. 3 qualifier in the shot put with a mark of 57-4.75 and freshman Bo Taylor tallied a lifetime-best in the discus (183-7) for the No. 2 overall qualifier. Taylor also advances to the finals in the shot put with his throw of 57-0.25, which was fourth overall on the day. All-American senior Greg Garza opened up his season with a regional mark of 179-7 in the discus, posting the No. 4 mark on the day.
Sophomore Andreas Drbal also advanced to Saturday's finals as he threw a lifetime-best in the javelin of 176-9 for the No. 5 mark on the day.
In the pole vault, four men achieved the regional standard as the quartet of juniors Bobby Talley and Dustin DeLeo and freshmen Johnny Quinn and Greg Woepse all cleared 16-6.75 to advance to the finals on Saturday.
Also of note was junior Kevin Craddock's return to competition after missing the end of last season due to injury. Craddock ran the No. 2 time in the preliminary heats of the 400m hurdles (53.58) to advance to the finals.
In the only event to have a final on Friday, the 5000m, freshman Marc Hausmaninger picked up UCLA's first point with his ninth-place run of 15:25.60.
Other Bruins advancing to Saturday's finals include: