March 30, 2011
The men's and women's track and field squads will host Tennessee this Saturday in a scored dual meet at Drake Stadium. The Bruin men were ranked 24th in the pre-season poll, while the Lady Vols were ranked 15th.
This weekend's meet is the first of a three-meet home stand for the Bruins. UCLA will host the annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational April 7-9 and then the men will host Oregon in a scored dual on April 17.
The women's team has never faced Tennessee in a dual. The men's squad last faced Tennessee in 1983, when the Bruins won 95-59. UCLA holds a 10-1 advantage against the Vols. Three places score in a dual meet with five points for 1st, three points for 2nd and one point for third. Relays are scored 5-0. The magic number to win in a dual is 82, although ties have been known to occur.
With one month of outdoor season under their belts, the Bruins will be looking for some big performances this weekend as they continue to churn towards the meat of their competitions. Many student-athletes continue to rank in the NCAA top 25. Below is a list of athletes and their rankings.
Marcus Nilsson, a Swedish decathlete who signed a letter-of-intent with the Bruins last month, has enrolled for the Spring Quarter at UCLA and is eligible to compete right away for the Bruins. He will be in action this weekend in a multitude of events.
Head coach Mike Maynard has also decided on which male athletes will redshirt the 2011 outdoor season and of note are standout distance runners Dylan Knight, Spencer Knight and Kent Morikawa, along with one of the top prep throwers in 2010, Derek Eager.
Live Stats: Live stats for the meet will be available here.
Admission: Tickets can be purchased the day of the meet at the top entrance to Drake Stadium. Prices are $7 for adults and $5 for youth.
Meet Schedule: Field Events begin at 10:00 am with the hammer competition. The track portion of the schedule begins at 2:05 pm with the 4x100m relays. The meet concludes around 5:20 pm after the 4x400m relay. For a complete meet schedule, click here.
Special Events Being Held This Weekend
Wayne Collett Memorial: Prior to the high hurdle races, The Bruins will honor alum and Olympic Silver Medalist Wayne Collett, who passed away in 2010.
Senior Recognition for Women's Team
Ten senior women will be recognized during the meet. They are Ashley Baucham, Whitney Blue, Joy Eaton, Ashlea McLaughlin, Dayna Hill, Shannon Murakami, Catherine White, Kelcie Wiemann, Lindsay Rowe and Brittany Stalworth.
Fastest Kid In L.A.: This weekend's meet will feature the "I'm Going to College" program that brings in local children to UCLA sporting events. A special feature for the meet is the 'Fastest Kid In L.A.' race. Select students from first through sixth grade will be selected to participate in a staggered 100m race (distance depending on age) to decide who is the fastest kid in L.A. Their will be a preliminary round early in the day and finals during the latter half of the meet.