Oct. 15, 2009
Hello Bruin Family. I am Mike Maynard, the new Head Men's track & field/cross country coach here at UCLA. We are initiating a new blog covering our program called 'Bruin Bloodline.' This blog is meant to give you, the Bruin fans, an opportunity to know what's going on inside our program.
I, or a member of my staff, will take the opportunity each week to highlight a coach, or athlete in our program, and discuss the progress of our training and our competitive success. I hope you will all take the time to visit our blog on a regular basis. We will also plan to use the blog, as well as Twitter, to inform and invite you to regular social opportunities to re-connect with your former teammates as well as the current coaching staff.
The new staff, and myself, are both proud and excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the Bruin Athletics tradition and legacy of excellence. The past provides a strong foundation upon which to build the future. Together, we plan to reestablish, and continue the tradition of excellence in this storied program. We hope that each of you will embrace and support our efforts as Bruins.
This weekend our men's cross country team is splitting up for competition. The "A" team is heading back to the midwest to Terre Haute, IN for the Pre-National Invitational. The Pre-Nat's are held on the Wabash Cross Country Course, which is also the course for the NCAA Championships. This competition is one of the best opportunities for our team to garner quality points in head-to-head competition. These points will aid us in qualifying a team for the NCAA meet.
It will be a test and an opportunity to prove the Bruins as a top 25 team. The Bruins are led by the senior trio of Marco Anzures, Alex Crabil and Marlon Patterson. Following these three and rounding out the top five have been junior Jake Matthews and sophomore Spencer Knight. Outstanding frosh Zach Torres has been a consistent performer and will be joined by junior Kevin Sullivan, who has had a few weeks of great training. The distance coaches inform me that they are looking for Kevin to have a breakout race in Terre Haute.
The "B" team will head to San Luis Obispo for the Cal Poly Invite. Leading the squad at SLO will be 800m standout junior Cory Primm. Cory has put together some great training levels of late, and may have a shot of moving into the top nine by the time Pac-10s roll around later this month. Also competing for one of the nine Pac-10 spots wil be redshirt frosh Mohamed Abdalla and sophomoer David McDonald. The season is shaping up nicely for Bruin cross country.