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UCLA's men's basketball player Larry Hollyfield, who lettered on three John Wooden NCAA Championship teams (1971-73), and Bruin men's track & field jumper George Henry Brown, Jr., a member of the 1952 U. S. Olympic team, are among the inductees into the Compton Community College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 26. The event will be held at the Lakewood Country Club beginning with a 5 p.m. reception and silent auction. The dinner and program follow at 6:30.
Hollyfield attended Compton College in 1969-70 before transferring to UCLA the following season. As a three-year letterman and 6-4 senior starting guard in 1972-73, Hollyfield helped lead the Bruins to three consecutive national championships and an overall three-year record of 89-1, including unbeaten 30-0 seasons in 1972 and 1973. During his Bruin career, he appeared in 71 games and averaged 7.9 points and 2.7 rebounds. In the 1973 NBA Draft, he was a seventh round selection by the Portland Trailblazers.
Brown attended Compton College prior to enrolling at UCLA in 1951. As a Bruin under head coach Elvin C. 'Ducky' Drake, Brown was the NCAA long jump (broad jump) champion in 1951 and 1952 and the USA Track & field long jump champion for three consecutive years (1951-53). Brown's Bruin best 26-3 ?Ľ (1952) is No. 4 on the UCLA all-time long jump list, and he was a 2007 inductee into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.
Sports Illustrated began a recent feature on its website which looks back at the Top 100 U.S. Olympic Moments in pictures. Bruin Jackie Joyner-Kersee, one of the all-time greatest female track & field athletes, won her sixth and final Olympic medal at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. After pulling out of the heptathlon due to injury, Joyner-Kersee focused on the long jump; her final jump of 22-11 3/4 earned her the bronze medal, making her the most decorated female athlete at the time.
Bruin alum and former All-American pole vaulter Ingrid Kantola has been featured on ESPNW, the sister website to ESPN that focuses on women's sports. The article discusses Kantola's involvement in CrossFit and how those workouts helped her recover from open heart surgery at a quicker rate.
Ingrid Kantola Feature
The family of late distance runner Bob Day, who lost his battle with cancer on March 15, has set the date for his memorial. Day will be remembered on Saturday, Apr. 14 at Beckman High School (3588 Bryan Avenue, Tustin). The memorial will begin at 1:00 pm and end around 2:30 pm.
Bob Day's passing
Assistant track and field/cross country coach Forest Braden raced to the Santa Monica 5000 10k crown on Sunday as he and four of his student-athletes competed in the road race. Braden, who was a standout distance runner for Boise State, won the 10,000m race (6.214 miles) in a time of 30:49.2.
Freshman Sergey Sushchikh (2nd, 31:18.2), junior David McDonald (3rd, 32:12.9), sophomore Jacob Wood (4th, 32:16.9) and sophomore Brett Walters (7th, 33:45.7) also competed in the race.
Arizona Daily Star columnist Greg Hansen selected five Bruins in his list of Top 10 athletes in the 33-season history of the Pac-10 Conference, including four in the Top 5.
Hansen, who has covered all 33 years of the Pac-10's existence, named UCLA Volleyball and Basketball star Natalie Williams as the No. 1 athlete. Williams was the first female athlete to be named a consensus All-American in both volleyball and basketball. She was also the Pac-10 Player of the Year in both sports, the National Player of the Year in volleyball twice, and a record-setting 16-time Pac-10 Player of the Week (eight honors in each sport).
Also ranked in Hansen's Top 10 are No. 3 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (track/basketball), No. 4 Kenny Easley (football), No. 5 (tied) Lisa Fernandez (softball) and No. 8 Gail Devers (track).
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Nick Scarvelis, who signed a letter-of-intent with the Bruin track and field team in early February, captured the California State Indoor shot put crown over the weekend in Fresno. Scarvelis, who is from Dos Pueblos HS, won the event with a lifetime-best toss of 63-4.50. That mark is the No. 7 throw by a prep athlete in the U.S. this season.
Another signee, Sean Grumney of Newberry Park HS, competed at the Brooks PR Invite in Seattle this past weekend. The meet highlighted some of the top prep athletes in the nation. He took fourth-place in the 800m with a time of 1:53.52.
Bruin alum and Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi will be defending his 2009 crown when he comepetes in the ING NYC Marathon on Saturday, November 7th. After winning last year's race, Keflezighi began working on a book about his life journey. The book, "Run To Overcome," was released on November 1st (the anniversary of his marathon win last year) and is now available on Amazon.com. Fans can also visit RunToOvercome.com to buy it online or to find a local store that sells it.
Keflezighi has also launched the MEB Foundation, which stands for Maintaining Excellent Balance. The foundation will work closely with organizations and communities throughout the country and hopefully around the world to promote an active and balanced lifestyle through health, education and fitness. To learn more about the foundation click, MEBFoundation.org.
Two track and field/cross country alums, Drew and Kyle Shackleton, recently competed at the USATF National Marathon Championships in Twin Cities, Minnesota. Drew finished fifth in the marathon with a time of 2:16.31, while his brother Kyle was 22nd in a time of 2:22.
The men's cross country team moved from 30th to 26th in the latest U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll that was released on Tuesday. The Bruins moved up four spots after finishing ahead of No. 5 Alabama, No. 14 Villanova, No. 18 Arizona State and No. 27 Butler at the Notre Dame Invitational this past Saturday (Oct. 1). The men also moved up from fifth to fourth in the West Region rankings.
The women went from 12th to eighth in the region after a strong performance at Notre Dame as well in which they finished ahead of No. 24 Iowa and No. 30 Notre Dame.
Senior track and field distance runner Alex Crabill recently headed to Germany to compete in the prestigious Berlin Marathon. Crabill finished the race 20th overall with a time of 2:20.38. That mark is tied for sixth all-time in UCLA school history (tied with Kyle Shackleton).
Crabill concluded his cross country eligibility last fall, but will rejoin the Bruins for the indoor and outdoor track season in 2011.
Early this afternoon, Scott Davis, one of the world's top track and field authorities, passed away following a long illness.
A 1965 graduate of UCLA (he earned his Master's in 1975), he was the longtime PA announcer for UCLA track & field meets. In addition, he was also a member of the stat crew at Bruin football games.
In the world of track & field, he was recognized as one of the best, if not the best, public address announcers. If a big event was happening, Scott Davis was at the mike.
He is survived by his wife Cheryl and his son Scott Jr., a 1995 UCLA graduate. Our condolences to the Davis Family.
Mike Wise of the Washington Post recently wrote an article about Bruin alum and Olympic gold medalist Rafer Johnson that is a very interesting read. Click here to read it.
Wayne Collett, one of the greatest athletes in UCLA track & field history, lost a long battle with cancer this morning. He was 60 years old.
Collett was a spectacular quartermiler, but also excelled in the hurdles, sprints and relays. His college coach, Jim Bush, called him "the greatest athlete I ever coached."
In 1972, he won an Olympic Silver Medal in the 400 meters in Munich, Germany. Earlier that year, he ran the fastest 400 meter time in history at sea level in winning the U.S. Olympic Trials.
During his four-year UCLA career (1968-71), Collett won Pac-8 titles in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles and 440-yard dash. In NCAA competition, he anchored three straight mile relay championship teams. He also placed second in the 440-yard intermediate hurdles in 1970, fourth in the 440-yard dash in 1971 and fourth in the 220-yard dash in 1969. The Bruins won the NCAA team title in 1971.
A member of the UCLA Hall of Fame (1992), he still ranks in UCLA's all-time Top Ten in the 400 meters (fourth at 44.54, converted from a 440y hand time), 400-meter hurdles (fourth at 48.84, converted from a 440y hand time) and the 200 meters (ninth at 20.44, converted from a 200m hand time).
In Track & Field News' world rankings, Collett ranked in the top four in the 400 meters four times between 1967 and 1972, including second in both 1971 and 1972. He also ranked No. 3 in the intermediate hurdles in 1970.
Collett was an attorney who was very active in the UCLA community. He is survived by his wife, Emily; his sons Aaron and Wayne II; and his mother, Ruth. Wayne earned three degrees at UCLA - his Bachelor's in Political Science in 1971, his MBA in 1973 and his JD in 1977. He also served on the UCLA Alumni Assn. Board of Directors.
He was born on Oct. 20, 1949 in Los Angeles and passed at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Track & Field News has announced the top 10 recruiting classes in the country and the men's track and field team was ranked eighth overall. The rankings are based on new high schoolers and both JC and four-year transfers prior to the 2010 track and field season.
Highlighting the Bruins top recruiting class were thrower Matthew Kosecki, sprinters Randall Carroll, Sheldon Price, Damien Thigpen and Maxwell Dyce, distance runner Zack Torres and jumper DJ Lloyd.
Texas A&M was ranked first followed by Texas (#2), Oregon (#3), Cal (#4) and Wisconsin (#5). Duke (#6), Kansas (#7), UCLA (#8), Virginia (#9) and LSU (#10) rounded out the top 10 classes.
The Bruins open up the indoor season on January 30th at the Washington Preview in Seattle.
Former UCLA football and track letterman Jerry Shipkey died November 28 in Dana Point, Calif. following a long illness. He was 84.
Shipkey played halfback on the first UCLA team to register an undefeated regular season in 1946. In a 13-6 victory at Cal that season, Shipkey rushed for more than 100 yards, scoring the Bruins' winning touchdown on a two-yard run after he had rumbled 79 yards to set up the final TD. He played three seasons for both the UCLA football and track teams. In track, he competed in three throwing events -- shot put, javelin and discus -- setting numerous personal bests in the shot put during his career. He graduated from UCLA in 1948.
In 1995, he was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.
Prior to his UCLA athletic career, Shipkey graduated from high school in Anaheim and entered USC hoping to play football. He was a member of the Trojans' 1940 Rose Bowl championship team that defeated Tennessee, 14-0.
World War II interrupted his USC tenure and he entered the Navy, serving as an ensign from 1942-44.
Drafted in the sixth round by Pittsburgh in the 1947 NFL Draft, Shipkey played six seasons for the Steelers and Bears. As a linebacker he made 13 interceptions in 66 career games and he also scored 17 touchdowns as a running back and receiver. He earned All Pro honors with the Steelers in 1950, '51 and '52 and was chosen to the Steelers' pre-1970s "Dream Team."
Following his NFL career, Shipkey settled in Orange County where he built a successful business and real estate career.
Shipkey was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Jane Homan, also a UCLA graduate, and is survived by his current wife Carolyn. He is also survived by sons Carl and Mark, daughters, Julie, Louise and Lisa, plus many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Fri., Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. at South Shores Church, 32712 Crown Valley Pkwy in Dana Point, Calif., 92629-3599, Ph: 949-496-9331.
INDIANAPOLIS- Legendary track and field, cross country and long distance running coach Bob Larsen on Saturday was honored with USA Track & Field's Robert Giegengack Award at the Jesse Owens Awards and National Track & Field Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Indianapolis. The event was held in conjunction with the 2009 USATF Annual Meeting.
Named in honor of former Yale University coach and 1964 Olympic Team head coach Robert Giegengack, the award goes to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and success of USA Track & Field and the larger community of the sport. In the past, the award has gone to coaches, officials, Association leaders, administrators, and others from all segments of USATF. The USATF Board of Directors votes to select each year's winner.
Larsen, who retired in 1999 as head coach of the UCLA cross country program after 21 seasons, and who led the Bruins track and field program for 15 seasons, became a co-founder of the highly successful Team USA Running Group. Now known as the Mammoth Track Club, the Mammoth, Calif.-based elite team's goal has been to bring U.S. distance running performances back to the level of international success that was seen in the 1970s and 80s.
Since beginning operations in March of 2001, the Mammoth Track Club has produced multiple national champions, set numerous records and has placed a number of its athletes on U.S. Olympic and world championship teams.
Larsen's star pupil is 2004 Olympic men's marathon silver medalist and U.S. 10,000m record holder Meb Keflezighi, who Larsen began mentoring when both were at UCLA. As a Bruin, Keflezighi won four NCAA titles as a junior in 1997 -- cross country, indoor 5000m, and outdoor 5000/10,000m (becoming the eighth athlete in NCAA history to win this double) -- and he became the third athlete in NCAA history to win the outdoor double and the cross country title in the same season (1997).
Keflezighi received worldwide attention when earlier this year he became the first American man since 1982 to cross the finish line first at the ING New York City Marathon. Keflezighi ran a brilliant strategic race, pulling away from four-time Boston Marathon Champion Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya in the final two miles to win in a personal-best time of 2:09:15. The win gave Keflezighi the USA Marathon Championship and his fourth national title of the year. His performance also placed him atop the USA Running Circuit rankings for 2009.
At UCLA, Larsen was the head cross country coach for 21 seasons and head track coach for 15 seasons. His track and field teams won two NCAA Outdoor titles, and he was named national coach of the year in 1987, 1988 and 1995. The nine-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Larsen was named the NCAA National Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1980.
Under Larsen, the Bruins had a remarkable dual meet record of 118-3-1; 12 unbeaten seasons, including five of his last six years (the Bruins were 10-0 in 1998, '97 and '96, 8-0 in 1995 and 9-0 in 1994), with home dual winning streaks of 31 (1971-76), 32 (1979-83), 39 (1984-89) and 51 (1991-99). During his 15 years as head coach, Larsen never lost to archrival USC in dual competition.
*story courtesy USA Track & Field
Senior track and field team memeber Alex Crabill had an eventful Thanksgiving weekend as he won the Seattle Half-Marathon on Sunday, November 29th. Crabill was the top finisher out of 217 runners, crossing the finish line in a time of 1:08.56.
Last season Crabill redshirted for the Bruins, but is back for 2010 as one of UCLA's top long distance runners.
The ING New York City Marathon 2009 men's champion and Bruin alum, Meb Keflezighi, the first American men's winner of the race since Alberto Salazar in 1982, will have a special ride in next week's 83rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
Keflezighi will ride aboard the Stature of Liberty float alongside Miss America 2009, Katie Stam. The parade will be broadcast nationally on NBC from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in each local time zone across the country.
Keflezighi ran a brilliant strategic race in New York, pulling away from four-time Boston Marathon Champion Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya in the final two miles to win in a personal-best time of 2:09:15. The win gave Keflezighi the USA marathon championship and his fourth national title of 2009.
He earned a total prize-money payday of $200,000, including $130,000 for the overall win, $30,000 for running sub-2:09:30, and an additional $40,000 for the U.S. title. He also finished atop the USA Running Series rankings for 2009, earning an additional $6,000.
Keflezighi's ride in the parade is just one of many honors he has enjoyed since breaking the 27-year American men's drought in the ING New York City Marathon. He was also a guest on Late Night with David Letterman, reading the Top 10 list, and was feted by city officials in his hometown of San Diego.
*courtesy USA Track & Field
Bruin alum and 2009 New York City Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi was featured on the Late Show with David Letterman last night as he read the "Top 10 Thoughts That Go Through Your Mind When Running the New York City Marathon."
Former UCLA distance/cross country coach Eric Peterson has been hired by Tulane University as their Director of Cross Country/Track & Field. Peterson spent the past 16 years at UCLA and now will begin his first stint as a head coach. For the complete release, click here.
One current and four former UCLA student-athletes describe their big UCLA moment for the university's new public service announcements. These PSAs will be used throughout the year in many different ways, including on UCLA's athletic television broadcasts.
21st-century Bruins Jackie Nguyen, Chris Joseph, Michelle Selesky and Onnie Willis talk about their big UCLA moment.
Senior football player Alterraun Verner compares hitting a quarterback to solving a math problem.
Football alumnus and Rhodes Scholar Chris Joseph falls in love with Geography.
NCAA champion gymnast Onnie Willis was given a red-ink assessment of her grad school potential.
Former gymnastics co-captain Michelle Selesky talks about her passion for learning.
Former pole vaulter Jackie Nguyen learns the leadership skills she will take to medical school.
Dave Laut, a two-time NCAA shot put champion at UCLA and Olympic Bronze medalist, was shot and killed in the backyard of his home in Oxnard on Thursday night, according to police.
The UCLA Athletic Department is shocked and saddened to hear of Dave's death and we send our condolences to his family.
Here is a link to the latest information from the Ventura County Star.
Here is a link to the Los Angeles Times story.
Here is an ESPN article on Al Joyner, his memories of FloJo and how he sees FloJo in their daughter - Dream Chaser
Jessica Cosby, a former NCAA Champion and throws coach for the women's track and field team, only needed one throw to move into the final of the hammer at the 2009 World Track & Field Championships in Berlin, Germany. Cosby threw a lifetime-best 236-11 (72.21m) on her first and only throw of the competition as she surpassed the finals automatic mark of 72.00m to advance. Cosby had the fourth-longest throw of the competition and will compete in the final on Saturday.
Reigning Olympic Champion and Bruin alum Dawn Harper has advanced to the semifinal round of the 100m hurdles at the World Championships in Berlin. Harper posted the third-fastest time of the day and won her heat with a mark of 12.70.
Reigning world champion Michelle Perry has been fighting through an injury and did not advance out of the prelim rounds of the high hurdles. Bruin alum Sheena (Johnson) Tosta did not advance out of her round of the 400m hurdles, finishing sixth in her heat (56.31).
Several athletes coached by women's volunteer coach Bobby Kersee faired well on Tuesday as Virginia Powell advanced to the 100m hurdles semifinal and Shawn Crawford advanced to the men's 200m final. Kerron Clement won the men's 400m hurdles crown in a world-leading time of 47.91.
Chelsea Johsnon, a former NCAA champion and All-American pole vaulter for the Bruins, earned a silver medal at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany on Monday. Johnson cleared a season-best 15-3 to pick up a medal in her first World Championship competition. She was the only American to medal in the women's event.
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