May 14, 2002
Art Venegas' UCLA men and Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women's track & field teams will compete this weekend (Saturday/Sunday, May 18-19) at the 2002 Pacific-10 T & F Championships in Pullman, WA and hosted by Washington State at the Mooberry Track Complex. It will be the 72nd annual conference men's meet and the 16th annual women's event.
On Saturday, May 18, the competition begins at noon (10 finals, the rest are qualifying events) and on Sunday, May 19, the final day of the conference championships will begin at 11:30 a.m. (all finals). Scoring will be through eight places (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1).
Venegas is in his third season as the Bruin men's head coach and his 21st year on the UCLA staff. Last week, the Bruin men were rated No. 6 in the U. S. Last season, the UCLA men placed third at the Pac-10 (the Bruins led after the first day of competition) and in 2000, the Bruin men tied for fourth.
Recognized as the premier collegiate throws coach in the nation, during the 1990s when Venegas was an assistant on the men's staff, the UCLA men's team won six conference titles, including five straight from 1992-96. In all, the UCLA men have won the Pac-10 title16 times in conference history, the first league crown coming in 1966 and the last in 1998.
In 2001 at the conference championships, the Bruin men were led by then-junior Scott Moser. He won the Pac-10 discus title, placed second in the shot put and was fifth in the hammer.
According to this week's conference list, the Bruin men have five Pac-10 leaders. They are ' junior Kyle Erickson in the 400m hurdles (49.62), sophomore Juaune Armon in the long jump (26-3), junior Scott Wiegand (64-7 3/4indoor) and in the shot put and Moser in the discus (200-3) and hammer (210-11 1/2). In No. 2 positions on the conference chart are senior Michael Lipscomb in the 200m (20.71), sophomore Charles Ryan in the 110m hurdles (13.67w) and UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (3:07.25). Sophomore Dan Ames is No. 3 in the shot put (63-10 1/4) and discus (198-4).
Last Weekend/Pac-10 Decathlon/Heptathlon at WSU
The 2002 Pac-10 T & F Championships actually got underway last weekend (May 11-12) in Pullman, WA with the decathlon and heptathlon events. Oregon's Billy Pappas won the decathlon (7,532), picking up 10 team points for the Ducks and Washington State's Ellannee Richardson won the heptathlon (5,821), getting 10 team points for the Cougars.
The Bruin men picked up two team points, with senior Octavious Gillespie placing seventh (season-best 6,765) in the decathlon. Also competing for the Bruin men in the decathlon was junior Andrew Phillips, placing 10th (6,464).
UCLA did not enter a women's competitor in the heptathlon.
Fox Sports Net will distribute a tape delayed show (of the 2002 Pac-10 T & F Championships) on Friday, May 24, starting at 9 a.m. The Fox Regional Sports Networks are asked to find weekend afternoon placement for this event.
After the Pac-10 meet, the Bruins will be preparing for the upcoming 2002 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships, May 29-June 1, in Baton Rouge, LA and hosted by LSU.
In the 1990s, when Venegas was an assistant coach for the Bruin men, UCLA had seven Top 10 finishes, including second-place in 1995, third-place in 1996 and fourth-place in 1997. The UCLA men have won the NCAA Outdoor title eight times (1988-87-78-73-72-71-66-56).