May 7, 2008
The No. 5 women's track and field team and No. 7 men's team will send athletes to three meets this weekend as four individuals will compete at the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships while others will compete at the Modesto Relays and Occidental Invitational.
Opening up the post-season for the Bruins are decathlete Matthew Reuter and heptathletes Keneisha Creary, Georgea Richards and Hillary Werth. Reuter is ranked ninth in the conference in the decathlon with a score of 5750, but is definitely in contention to score as that point total was without discus points (he fouled out during the decathlon at the RJ/JJK Invite). Creary ranks sixth with her NCAA provisional score of 5097 points and will look to add on to that total to insure a spot at the National Championships. Richards ranks eighth with 4924 points, while Werth is tied for 14th with 4357 points.
All of the pole vaulters and male throwers will head to the Modesto Relays on Saturday in hopes of posting some big marks with the favorable winds at the meet. Several jumpers will also be competing with the hopes of either improving or obtaining regional marks. Senior Joel Tuosto is just under two inches shy of the regional mark in the long jump and will look to qualify in Modesto.
For the Occidental Invite, several distance runners and a few jumpers will compete for the women, while distance runners and hurdlers will compete for the men.
In all, the Bruin men have racked up 31 regional qualifiers, while the women have tallied 27. The Bruin women moved up from No. 11 to No. 5 in this week's national rankings and are gaining steam towards the post-season. The men have consistently stayed at the No. 7 spot the past three weeks and have put together a strong contingent of athletes to challenge for post-season titles.