April 2, 2008
The men's and women's track and field teams, both ranked in the top-10 in the country continue the outdoor competition this weekend as the No. 7 men's team splits for the Texas Relays and Stanford Invite, and the No. 5 women send distance runners to Stanford and vaulters to Texas. The Stanford Invitational is on Friday and Saturday, while Texas Relays runs Thursday through Saturday.
The men's distance runners will join the women at the Stanford Invitational as several athletes will run in the top sections of their respective events like freshman Cory Primm in the 800m.
In Austin, the Bruins will send the women's pole vaulters with Tori Anthony competing in the "A" vault section. Greg Garza (disc), John Caulfield (disc/shot) and Bo Taylor (shot) will all compete in the top section of their respective events. Dustin DeLeo will also be in the "A" section of the pole vault, as well as Joel Tuosto in the long jump.
Last weekend at the Cal/Nevada Championships in Fresno, the men's team ran away with the team title, while the women finished second. The men had several impressive performances which ranked amongst the best in the nation, while Tori Anthony led the women with her strong marks in the pole vault.
On the men's side, junior Boldizsar Kocsor achieved the No. 1 mark in the nation with his performance in the hammer in Fresno. Kocsor pr'd by three feet and set a new junior class record with his throw of 222-6. Senior John Caulfield also had a huge meet as he posted double wins in the shot put and discus with marks that rank in the top three in the country. Caulfield pr'd by eight feet in the discus during the two day Cal/NV meet, ending up with the No. 2 mark in the nation, 197-10. In the shot, he threw the No. 3 mark in the country with his throw of 62-7.75.
All-American senior Greg Garza opened up the season with the No. 5 mark in the country in the discus (194-9), while freshman Bo Taylor ranks 12th with his best of 183-7. In the shot put, Taylor (59-2, 7th) and sophomore Darius Savage (59-9.25, 6th) both achieved regional marks to join Caulfield in the top-10 nationally. Savage will not compete this weekend as he will rejoin the football team for spring practice.
Freshman Johnny Quinn cleared a lifetime-best 17-00.75 to rank third in the country. Juniors Bobby Talley and Dustin DeLeo and freshman Greg Woepse rank fifth in the nation with their top mark of 16-6.75. Freshman Jonathan Clark ranks 20th in the triple jump (49-9.25), while sophomore Steven Taylor ranks 28th (49-2.50). Freshman Daniel Kirkpatrick entered the national ranks at the No. 7 spot with his top mark of 6-10.75.
On the women's side, Anthony holds the No. 3 spot on the national list with a mark of 13-5.75. Teammate Ingrid Kantola ranks sixth with a top vault of 13-1.50. Junior Katy Viuf and freshman Tori Pena rank ninth with equal clearances of 12-7.50.
Junior Rhonda Watkins ranks second in the nation with her top long jump mark of 20-11.75. The 4x400m relay team is eighth in the country with a top time of 3:39.30. Freshman Lindsay Rowe ranks 30th in the high hurdles with a top time of 13.74.