May 13, 2012
Alec Faldermeyer and Matthew Kosecki led the men's track and field team on the final day of competition at the inaugural Pac-12 Championship in Eugene, OR as both men captured conference titles in their respective events.
The Bruin men finished fourth overall with 86 pts., while Oregon won the team title (140). Arizona State finished second (116.50), while Arizona was third (94).
Three-time All-American Faldermeyer led from wire-to-wire in the hammer to win the first conference title of his career. Faldermeyer eased into the competition with a throw of 205-11 and stood in first-place after one round. On his second throw, he improved to 217-9 and then posted the winning throw of the competition in the third round with a mark of 219-9. In the finals, no one could touch him as he won the conference crown by over eight feet. Faldermeyer has finished first in every hammer competition this season except for the Mt. SAC Relays, where he threw the No. 2 mark in school history, 229-3. He was the top collegiate finisher in the event.
His win was the first for the Bruins in the hammer since 2009 when Boldizsar Kocsor took first. The victory also gives UCLA six conference titles in the event.
Just like his counterpart Faldermeyer, Kosecki won his first conference title as he led from start to finish as well in the discus competition. With an impressive series of throws that never dropped below 186-feet, Kosecki picked up the 16th discus crown in UCLA history. The last Bruin to win was Greg Garza in 2008.
Kosecki opened the competition with a mark of 186-3 and then improved in round two to 188-4. On his third attempt, he posted a mark of 187-8 and continued to stand in first-place. He fouled his first throw in the finals and then unleashed a monster throw of 193-8 to clinch the win. That mark improved upon his previous lifetime-best of 189-2 and moved him into the top 10 in the NCAA this season. His final throw went for a distance of 188-6 as he had already locked up the conference title.
Kosecki's teammate Thomas Nagengast also had a career day as he finished fourth with a mark of 179-5, improving upon his previous best of 179-1. Today's fourth-place finish was the highest conference showing in his career.
The 4x100m relay team of Jamal Alston, Maxwell Dyce, R.J. Frasier and Laijon White finished third in the finals with a time of 40.41 as all four earned podium honors. Frasier then went on to compete in the 400m hurdles final. Running out of lane seven, the sophomore narrowly missed a spot on the podium as he finished fourth by just .12 seconds, running a big lifetime-best of 50.92 (old best, 51.65). That mark moves him into the top 30 in the NCAA this season.
Dyce also saw double duty on Sunday as he competed in the 200m final. Running out of lane two, the junior finished seventh in a time of 21.06.
In the 400m final, frosh Pete Lauderdale was in action. Running out of lane one, Lauderdale finished eighth in a time of 47.90.
Junior Dillon Stucky finished 10th in the triple jump with a mark of 49-8.50.
200m - 7. Maxwell Dyce (21.06)
400m - 8. Pete Lauderdale (47.90)
5000m-22. David McDonald (14;56.66); Dustin Fay-DNF
400m Hurdles - 4. R.J. Frasier (50.92)
4x100m - 3. 40.41 (Alston, Dyce, Frasier, White)
4x400m -7. 3:12.96 (Simmons, Burd, White, Lauderdale)
Triple Jump - 10. Dillon Stucky (49-8.50/15.15m)
Hammer - 1. Alec Faldermeyer (219-9/66.99m)
1. Oregon, 140
2. Arizona State, 116.50
3. Arizona, 94
4. UCLA, 86
5. Stanford, 78
5. Washington, 78
7. USC, 74
8. Washington State, 56
9. Colorado, 48
10. Cal, 44
11. Oregon State, 4