Feb. 2, 2008
The UCLA men's track and field team put on quite a show in Seattle, WA on Saturday at the Washington Invitational as four men and one relay team posted top ten national marks during the meet. UCLA had three individual event winners, one NCAA automatic qualifier and four NCAA provisional marks achieved.
Most of the Bruins success came from the distance and throws squads on Saturday as seniors John Caulfield and Austin Ramos led the way. Caulfield had a huge day in the shot put as he won the event with a huge lifetime-best of 63-7 (old best 62-5). That mark is an NCAA automatic qualifier and ranks third in the country this season. Ramos broke the UCLA school record in th 3000m (set back in 1999 by Mark Hauser, 7:57.89) with his second-place run of 7:55.60. That bettered Ramos' previous lifetime-best (8:16.17) by nearly 20 seconds as he was the top collegiate finisher in that event. His time of 7:55.60 ranks second in the nation this season.
Freshman Cory Primm improved on his lifetime-best and provisional qualifying time in the 800m with his second-place run of 1:49.70. His mark ranks in the top 10 in the country this season as he was also the top collegiate finisher in the event. In the weight throw, junior Boldizsar Kocsor, who rarely throws the indoor weight, tossed a 12-foot personal-best of 69-10.25 to win the event. His mark was an NCAA provisional qualifier and is one of the top three throws in the country.
Also posting a win on Saturday was freshman Jonathan Clark, who won the triple jump with a 49-7.75.
On Friday night, the distance medley relay team of sophomore Marlon Patterson (1200m, 2:59.2), freshman Nevin Gutteriez (400m, 49.8), Primm (800m, 1:51.1) and junior Laef Barnes (mile, 4:00.7) achieved the NCAA provisional time with their fourth-place run of 9:40.72. That mark ranks in the top five in the country.
Senior Chris Bencomo jumped a lifetime-best in the pole vault to finish fifth with a mark of 16-7.50. In the shot put, the Bruins took four of the top five spots as freshman Bo Taylor finished behind teammate John Caulfield with a throw of 56-9.50 for second, sophomore Darius Savage was third with a throw of 56-2 and senior Greg Garza was fifth with a mark of 54-4.50.
Freshman Taylor Hobson tied for fourth in the high jump with a mark of 6-9. Hobson also tied for seventh in the long jump (22-10.50) and was seventh in the triple (47-1.75).
The Bruins will be off from competition until February 15-16 when the team will split for the Tyson Classic in Fayetteville, AR and the Iowa State Classic in Ames, IA. Distance and jumpers will head to Arkansas, while the throwers and sprinters will compete in Iowa.