Jan. 20, 2012
The men's track and field team opened up the 2012 indoor season with a bang on Saturday at the Run for the Dream meet in Fresno as four event wins and two meet records were posted by the Bruins. Sophomore All-American Alec Faldermeyer and senior multi-event athlete Trent Perez each posted wins and meet record performances to lead the men.
Faldermeyer, a two-time All-American last season (indoor-weight/outdoor-hammer) opened up his sophomore campaign with a big throw of 67-6.25 in the weight throw. That mark set a new meet record. His mark currently ranks sixth in the NCAA this season and is the top throw by a sophomore.
Perez won the pole vault with a meet record and lifetime-best jump of 15-10. Teammate David Thomas also broke the meet record with an equal jump of 15-10, but finished second based on misses.
Perez also competed in the 55m hurdles (9th, 8.49), was 12th in the 55m (6.97) and fourth in the high jump (6-2). Thomas was eighth in the 55m hurdles (8.35) and 11th in the 55m (6.96). Two other multi-eventers were competing in several events - Marcus Nilsson and Dominic Giovannoni. Nilsson was fifth in the pole vault with a lifetime-best mark of 14-8, finished seventh in the 55m hurdles (8.33) and was 15th in the 55m (7.19). He also placed fifth in the high jump (5-10). Giovannoni was the top finisher in both the 55m hurdles (7.91) and 55m (6.84) and also finished sixth in the pole vault (14-8).
Freshman Drew Huusfeldt posted a win in the high jump as he cleared 6-2.
Sophomore Philip MacQuitty led the way in the mile as he won with a time of 4:20.77. The Bruins took the top six places in the race with Alec Govi finishing second (4:21.62), Jacob Wood placing third (4:22.68), David McDonald finishing fourth (4:23.47), Tommy Williams placing 5th (4:23.78) and Zack Torres finishing sixth (4:25.72).
In the 600m, Jonathan Simmons was the top finisher for UCLA as he finished second (76.98). Newcomers Sean Burd (3rd, 78.11) and Wally Rodriguez (78.66) were third and fifth, respectively, while R.J. Frasier was seventh (78.80).
The men's 4x400m relay team of Giovannoni, Nilsson, Thomas and Perez finished second (3:41.23). They were in contention for first before Perez was knocked down in the race.
The Bruins will next head to Pullman, WA for the Cougar Invite and Seattle, WA for the Husky Invite next weekend.