April 29, 2012
For the second consecutive season, the men's track and field team has taken down crosstown rival USC, this time handily defeating the No. 6 team in the country by a score of 93-70.
With the win, the Bruins inch closer to USC in the all-time series, but the Trojans continue to lead 42-37. UCLA improves to 3-1 on the season with today's win. Head Coach Mike Maynard is now 2-1 all-time against the Trojans.
During the meet, UCLA posted 11 event wins and five event sweeps.
Sophomore Alec Faldermeyer started the Bruins off in the win column with his victory in the hammer (210-7). With the win, Faldermeyer ends the 2012 season undefeated in Drake Stadium.
Senior Taylor Hobson made his final home meet as a Bruin one to remember as he was a double event winner on the day with victories in both the long and high jump. After being hampered by injuries this season, he came up big in the high jump with a winning clearance of a season-best 6-10.75. He then came back to win the long jump with a season-best jump of 24-4.25. That mark came on his first attempt and held up throughout the entire six rounds of competition.
Redshirt freshman Derek Eager had a huge day in the javelin as he unleashed a lifetime-best throw of 233-1 on his fifth attempt, easily winning by nearly 30 feet. That mark continues to rank him in the top 25 in the NCAA this season. Eager led a Bruin sweep in the event as sophomore Carlo Valdes was second with a season-best mark of 203-0 and Marcus Nilsson was third (163-5).
The Bruins then swept the steeplechase behind senior Dylan Knight's 2012 debut in the event. Knight has missed all of the 2012 season rehabbing a foot injury and returned to competition with a solid time of 9:02.01. Senior Kent Morikawa was the runner-up finisher as he ran over a 10-second lifetime-best (9:08.28) and junior David McDonald was third in a time of 9:10.69.
The 4x100m relay team then took to the track and came away with a commanding win over the Trojans. Despite missing one of their key runners who is out for the year due to injury (Karlton Rolle), the team of Jamal Alston, Maxwell Dyce, R.J. Frasier and Laijon White were victorious in a time of 40.06. It was the third straight year that the 4x100m relay has beaten USC's squad.
Frasier had a big day in the 400m hurdles as well as he ran a lifetime-best by nearly a full second (51.65). He was leading for the majority of the race, but was edged out down the stretch by USC's Reggie Wyatt. In the 200m, Dyce added a point for the Bruins as he placed third with a time of 21.05. It was his first 200m race of the season.
There was some drama in the finish of the 1500m after Alec Govi and USC's Blake Shaw came into contact with each other and Govi was eventually DQ'd. The Bruins still went 2-3 in the event behind sophomore Philip MacQuitty's second-place run (3:54.31) and junior Steven Norton's third-place finish (3:59.31).
Junior Dominic Giovannoni had a huge day in the high hurdles as he was the upset winner in the event with a lifetime-best run of 14.61. Frosh Pete Lauderdale then finished third in the 400m with a season-best time of 47.82. Alston tacked on another point for the Bruins with his third-place run in the 100m as he posted a season-best time of 10.54.
In the 800m, freshman Phillip Kostelnik was third with a lifetime-best run of 1:51.95.
With just four events left in the meet (pole vault, triple jump, 5000m and 4x400m relay), the Bruins were poised for victory. Behind freshman Dustin Fay's win in the 5000m, the men clinched the dual meet win. Fay led another Bruin sweep with his winning time of 14:42.86. McDonald was second (14:55.14) and Govi was third (15:00.09).
With the win in hand, the Bruins continued to add to their lead, this time behind another event sweep (pole vault). Sophomore Mike Woepse was first with a clearance of 17-6.50. Frosh Mark Sakioka was second (15-11), while senior David Thomas was third with a season-best of 15-5.
Junior Dillon Stucky then added some points in the triple with his second-place finish (47-7.75) to give UCLA a total of 93 points. The Trojans won the 4x400 relay, but fell to the Bruins 93-70.
With the conclusion of today's meet, the primary focus shifts to the post-season. The Bruin decathletes (David Thomas, Marcus Nilsson, Dominic Giovannoni and Trent Perez) will compete in the first ever Pac-12 Decathlon Championship May 5-6 in Eugene, OR. Some athletes will head to the Oxy Invite on May 5.