April 26, 2008
Junior Dustin DeLeo had a career day on Saturday at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational in La Jolla as he vaulted into the UCLA record books with a clearance of 18-1 in the pole vault to tie for first overall. DeLeo came into the meet with an outdoor-best of 17-3, which was set last weekend in Oregon, and far surpassed that on Saturday as he had three career jumps en route to his new lifetime-best mark.
DeLeo had clearances of 17-5, 17-9 and then 18-1 to end the day as he moved into the No. 5 spot all-time at UCLA. His mark also ranks second in the nation this season.
Several other Bruins had big days in San Diego as UCLA picked up two more regional qualifying marks to add to their previous total of 26. Senior Zack Miller made quite a comeback this week after injuring his hand last weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays when his pole shattered during the vault. Miller cleared 16-7.25 to achieve the regional standard and tied for sixth overall. Freshman Johnny Quinn and junior Bobby Talley also cleared 16-7.25 to tie for sixth. With Miller's mark, UCLA has tallied five regional standards in the pole vault alone.
In the high jump, the Bruins added regional qualifier number three in the event with freshman Jonathan Clark's clearance of 6-10.75. His mark finished second overall in the meet. Clark has also achieved a regional mark in the triple jump (51-5.75) this season.
Freshman Brian Law notched a lifetime-best in the 400m hurdles for the second consecutive meet as he finished fourth in a time of 53.42.
In the discus, freshman Bo Taylor took full advantage of the La Jolla winds to tally a PR in the event. Taylor finished 13th overall with a throw of 185-9, a mark which will move him into the top-20 in the nation this season. Also in the discus, senior Greg Garza finished ninth with a throw of 192-9.
Junior Boldizsar Kocsor finished second in the hammer with a mark of 212-4. He was also the top collegiate finisher in the event. Senior John Caulfield tossed a solid 62-4 in the shot put to place fourth overall in the event.
In the 1500m, senior Austin Ramos finished fourth overall in a time of 3:51.74 in his first outdoor meet of the season. Freshman Kent Morikawa ran a lifetime-best 3:52.84 to finish seventh overall in the 1500m.
The Bruins will next host USC in the annual dual meet showdown on Friday, May 2 (hammer only) and Saturday, May 3. The meet will be broadcast live on FSN Prime Ticket.