May 16, 2008
The pole vaulters and steeplechasers came up big for the Bruins in the team competition as they picked up 29.50 of UCLA's 48.50 points on day one of the Pac-10 Championships in Tempe, AZ. The Bruins stand in second place after seven events.
Junior Bobby Talley won the pole vault with a lifetime-best clearance of 17-1, while frosh Greg Woepse also cleared 17-1 for a new lifetime-best and third-place overall. In the steeple, senior Henry Hagenbuch led the way as he finished second with a big lifetime-best of 8:45.91. That time moves him to fifth in UCLA school history.
Freshman twins Dylan and Spencer Knight also had career performances in the steeple as Dylan was sixth in a time of 8:51.25 and Spencer was eighth with a best of 8:59.84. Dylan's time broke the UCLA freshman record set in 1973 by Gordon Innes (8:55.8).
"I'm excited to PR at a big meet and be able to help the team out," said Talley. "I'm also fired up for Greg because he was able to get a PR with me and place third. It's just the beginning of the season for us and we have a lot more left to do."
"It's really great to see underclassmen step up with PR's in big meets," said vault coach Anthony Curran. "It's always been the strength of our team. We're able to push each other and reach for the next bar. The only thing that separated fourth from 12th-place was misses and we all jumped really well tonight.
"Bobby knew what he had to do to place high and get a lifetime-best mark and he put it together. I'm really proud of him because he came here as a walk-on and in just one year has one a Pac-10 title. I'm also really excited about Greg's performance because he's really fought hard to come back from some injuries which held him out of competition."
Junior Kyle Shackleton capped off Friday's competition on a high note as he finished third in the 10,000m race with a lifetime-best 30:19.12. He was just a few steps out of second-place and picked up some big points towards the team competition.
200m - Griffin was eighth overall with a time of 21.35 to advance to Saturday's final.
400m - Senior Elijah Wells finished 11th in the prelims with a time of 47.53, but does not advance to the finals.
800m - Freshman Cory Primm ran a season-best 1:49.20 for the seventhth-fastest time of the day to advance to Saturday's final. Fellow frosh Scott Crawford ran a lifetime-best 1:49.94 to finish 11th overall, but does not advance to the final.
1500m - Junior Laef Barnes ran the sixth-fastest time of the day (3:49.26) and advances to Saturday's final.
Steeple (Scored Final) - Henry Hagenbuch placed second with his lifetime-best run of 8:45.91 (old best, 8:52.14). Dylan Knight was sixth with a lifetime-best run of 8:51.25, while his twin brother Spencer placed eighth with a personal-best run of 8:59.84.
10,000m (Scored Final) - Shackleton finished in third with a time of 30:19.12, while sophomore Alex Crabill placed 15th in his first 10,000m competition in a time of 31:28.83.
110m Hurdles - Junior Kevin Craddock ran the fastest qualifier of the day with his winning time of 13.62 and advances to the final on Saturday.
400m Hurdles - No entries.
ALL FIELD EVENTS ARE SCORED FINALS
Pole Vault - The Bruins picked up 17.50 points in the event as Talley won with a mark of 17-1. Woepse was third with the same mark, while junior Dustin DeLeo tied for seventh with a clearance of 16-6.75. Senior Chris Bencomo tied for ninth with a mark of 16-6.75 and freshman Johnny Quinn was 12th with a mark of 16-00.75.
Shot Put - Sophomore Darius Savage had a career day in the shot put as he placed third with a personal-best throw of 61-6.75 (old best, 59-9.75). Senior John Caulfield was fifth with a mark of 60-10.50 and freshman Bo Taylor posted a mark of 56-7.25 to place ninth.
Javelin - No entries.
Finals for all running events (except the steeple and 10,000m) will be held on Saturday along with the finals for the discus, hammer, triple jump and high jump.
Team Scores After 7 Events
1. Oregon, 61.5 points
2. UCLA, 48.5 points
3. Arizona State, 35 points
4. Arizona, 30 points
5. California, 26.5 points
6. Stanford, 25 points
7. Washington State, 21 points
8. Washington, 14 points
9. USC, 11.5 points