May 23, 2013
Austin, Texas - After day one at the NCAA Track and Field West Preliminaries in Austin, Texas, the Bruins have qualified three athletes to the NCAA Championships, with two more athletes advancing to the next round of qualifying.
Redshirt junior Julian Wruck punched his ticket to the NCAA Championships in record fashion, throwing a NCAA West Preliminaries record 63.95m/209-9 in the discus. Wruck, the UCLA and Pac-12 record-holder in the discus, advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championship for the third time in his career. He previously qualified in 2010 and 2011 while competing for Texas Tech and was the 2011 NCAA champion in the event.
Junior Ida Storm also qualified for the NCAA Championships for the third time in her career, placing 10th in the women's hammer throw with a mark of 61.23/200-11.
Sophomore Kylie Price earned her second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships in the women's long jump, recording a mark of 6.28/20-7.25 to tie for seventh.
Moving on to Friday's quarterfinals were Turquoise Thompson in the women's 400m Hurdles (56.76, first in preliminary heat) and Alexander Monsivaiz in the men's 800m (1:49.75, second in preliminary heat).
Collegiate leader and UCLA record-holder Julian Wruck advanced to the NCAA Championships after throwing a West Prelims record 63.95m/209-9 in the first round of throws. Matthew Kosecki threw 55.74/182-10 on his first throw to finish 13th overall, just shy of qualifying to NCAAs.
"I woke up a couple of days ago with a sore throat, and I'm not feeling too well, but I'm glad I competed as well as I did feeling as bad as I did in this heat," Wruck said. "At Regionals, all you need to do is walk in, get a good throw off and go on to the next round. As bad as the conditions were, I'm still happy with the result and still on to the next round. That's what's important."
Men's Long Jump
Michael Perry jumped 7.36m/24-1.75, but his mark was not enough to qualify for the finals. Perry finished 23rd overall.
A little bit of drama in the hammer competition, as Ida Storm fouled her first two attempts, but her third throw of 60.49/198-5 was enough to advance 12th out of 16 to the final preliminary round. In the final round, she improved upon her mark with her last throw of 61.23/200-11 to qualify to the NCAA Championships in 10th place.
Women's 400m Hurdles
In the sixth preliminary heat, Turquoise Thompson finished first in a time of 56.76 to advance to Friday's quarterfinals. Thompson's time was the third-best overall in the preliminaries.
In heat one of the preliminaries, Sarah Toberty finished 11th in a time of 4:40.99 and did not qualify to the quarterfinals. She finished in 44th place overall.
Daniel Herrera finished ninth in heat 2 of the preliminaries and 35th overall with a time of 3:54.26 and did not advance to the quarterfinals.
Kylie Price qualified to the quarterfinals after placing second in her preliminary heat with a wind-aided (3.0) time of 11.32, her fastest time under all conditions. Her time was good for seventh overall in the preliminaries.
Yusef Merriweather finished seventh in his preliminary heat with a time of 10.55 and did not qualify to the quarterfinals. He finished 34th overall in the preliminaries.
Ally Courtnall got off to a good start but finished seventh in heat four of the preliminaries with a time of 54.78. She ended up 36th overall and did not qualify to the quarterfinals.
Pete Lauderdale was sixth in the second preliminary heat with a time of 47.86 and did not qualify to the quarterfinals. He finished 40th overall.
Alex Monsivaiz placed second in heat 6 of the preliminaries with a time of 1:49.75 to qualify for the quarterfinals. Nick Hartle led early but dropped to seventh in the same heat, clocking in at 1:51.19 to finish out of a qualifying spot. Monsivaiz finished 10th overall in the prelims, while Hartle finished 38th.
Dustin Fay was at the front of the pack through most of the race but could not finish due to injury.