Track Continues Outdoor Season At Texas Relays/Cal Poly Invitational

March 31, 2010

The outdoor season continues for the Bruins this weekend as a small group of men will head to Austin, TX for the Texas Relays and the women's team and rest of men's team heads to San Luis Obispo for the Cal Poly Invitational.

Heading to Austin are - distance runners Jonathan Simmons (800m), Cory Primm (800m) and Marlon Patterson (mile); jumper Jonathan Clark (HJ/TJ); pole vaulters Casey DiCesare, Johnny Quinn and Greg Woepse; throwers Bo Taylor (SP/DT), Mark Weber (SP/DT); and 4x100m and distance medley relays.

At the Cal Poly Invite, several athletes will make their outdoor debut including freshmen jumper DJ Lloyd (LJ) and sprinter Turquoise Thompson. Ke'Nyia Richardson (long jump) and Krishna Curry (800m) will also open up, while Ryann Krais will debut in the 100m hurdles and 200m.

Primm & Patterson Start Outdoors Off Hot
Senior Marlon Patterson opened his outdoor season with a bang at the Cal/NV meet, running the top 1500m time by an American this season with his lifetime-best run of 3:42.13. Primm also had a huge opener in the 800m, running just .03 seconds shy of his lifetime-best (1:47.78) for the No. 2 time in the NCAA this season.

Peña Vaults To New Heights In Senior Season
After clearing a lifetime-best 13-11.25 during indoors, Peòa has continued to move up the bar as she cleared a lifetime-best 14-1.25 at the Cal/NV meet. That mark is tied for second in the NCAA this season and tied for No. 4 all-time in UCLA history.

Coaching Honors Roll In For Maynard
Head men's coach Mike Maynard was named Men's Coach of the Meet at the Cal/NV Championships, his second coach of the year honor in just his fi rst season at UCLA. Maynard was also honored as MPSF Coach of the Year after leading the men to the indoor conference crown.

Bruin Redshirts For The 2010 Outdoor Season
On the women's side, pole vaulter Tori Anthony will redshirt the outdoor season. She has had some injury problems and will return in 2011 for her senior season. On the men's side, throwers Darius Savage (medical), Matt Kosecki and Andreas Drbal, as well as jumper Taylor Hobson will sit out this season.

Kevin Craddock Leaves Bruin Track & Field Team
Craddock, a fi fth-year senior, has decided to leave the men's team. During his time at UCLA, Craddock earned All-America honors his freshman season in the hurdles (2006, 8th), set the school record in the indoor 60m hurdles (7.73), won two Pac-10 high hurdles crowns, as well as the 2008 West Region 110m hurdles title. He ends his career tied for second all-time in the 110m hurdles (13.46).

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