April 14, 2012
After Friday washed out the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational, the Bruins got down to action on Saturday combining the open sections from Friday into Saturday's schedule. Three-time sophomore All-American Alec Faldermeyer highlighted the men's team as he posted his fourth straight meet win in the hammer.
Faldermeyer faced his toughest opponent of the season in unattached thrower Colin Dunbar, but edged out the former All-American at Long Beach State by six inches with a winning throw of 217-3.
Julian Wruck, who transferred in from Texas Tech and is redshirting the outdoor season, had a huge day in the discus as he won the invite section with a mark of 212-9. That is the second-best throw of his career and would be the top mark in the NCAA by 11 feet if he were eligible to compete this season. Sophomore Matthew Kosecki also had a good day in the disc as he threw a season-best of 185-1 as he was the top collegiate finisher in the event.
Freshman Andrew Huusfeldt placed fifth in the long jump with a lifetime-best mark of 22-11.75. In the pole vault, sophomore Mike Woepse tied for fourth with a clearance of 17-3. Freshman Mark Sakioka cleared a lifetime-best of 16-9.25 to place seventh, while decathletes Marcus Nilsson and Dominic Giovannoni each cleared a lifetime-best height of 15-3.50 to tie for 10th with teammate David Thomas.
Giovannoni (2nd, 14.99) and Thomas (6th, 15.84) each ran season-best times in the open section of the 110m hurdles.
In other track events, freshman Dustin Fay was the top collegiate finisher in the mile (4th overall, 4:08.04). Sophomore Sam DeMello was the top Bruin finisher in the 800m as he placed seventh in a time of 1:51.22. DeMello also finished third in the 400m (49.45), while newcomer Sean Burd tied for fourth (49.50).
There were limited Bruin competitors on Saturday as many of UCLA's top athletes were held out to rest as the dual meet against USC is on the horizon (4/29).
UCLA will send their decathletes to Azusa Pacific Apr. 17-18 for the California Invitational, while other athletes will compete Apr. 19-21 at the Mt. SAC Relays.