May 25, 2013
Austin, Texas - In the final day of competition at the NCAA Track and Field West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas, UCLA qualified two more athletes to the NCAA Championships - sophomore 100m hurdler Brea Buchanan and junior hammer thrower Alec Faldermeyer. Buchanan and Faldermeyer join previously-qualified Kylie Price (long jump and 100m), Turquoise Thompson (400m hurdles), Julian Wruck (discus), Ida Storm (hammer), Dominic Giovannoni (decathlon), Marcus Nilsson (decathlon) and Tatum Souza (heptathlon).
The Bruins had a few heartbreaking near-misses, with Mike Woepse (pole vault) and the women's 4x100m relay team missing out on qualifying by the slimmest of margins. Woepse missed by one attempt, and the relay team was .002 seconds behind the final qualifying team. The Bruins also had two other 13th-place finishers earlier in the week, Nicholas Scarvelis in the shot put and Matthew Kosecki in the discus.
"We had some big-time casualties, most obviously Mike Woepse and Allison Koressel not qualifying in the pole vault, and we also had some people who just missed out in 13th place," said UCLA Director of Track and Field Mike Maynard. "There were casualties by performance and just some difficult competitive luck, but that's what this meet is. This meet doesn't always go as smoothly as you might hope. But we also got some great people through, so we had some good stuff happen. We also have three people who don't show in this meet who made it through and are important - our multi-event athletes. So that's something that we have going that doesn't really show in this meet."
Women's 100 Hurdles
Brea Buchanan qualified to her first NCAA Outdoor Championship, recording the fastest overall time in the 100m hurdles, 13.054. The Bruin sophomore qualified for the NCAA Indoors in the 60m hurdles earlier in the year, placing fifth.
"I'm really excited," Buchanan said about qualifying for the Championships. "This is my first time going. I wasn't really concerned about PR'ing or running my fastest and going all out. Coach Bobby (Kersee) has been trying to teach me how to run rounds, like run clean technically and to do just enough to get by because next week I'm going to need to run for my life. I'm just trying to learn how to go about my races - prelims and finals - so I'm really excited and happy about my performance today."
After fouling his first two throws, the pressure was on for Alec Faldermeyer on his third throw. He came through with a throw of 62.60m/205-4 to qualify for the final round and then improved upon his mark with a 63.92m/209-8 to finish the competition in ninth place to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the third straight year. Faldermeyer has placed in the Top 5 in the hammer at the last two NCAA Championships.
"That was probably one of the worst meets I've ever had in my life," Faldermeyer said. "I was literally frightened going into my third throw, and I just did everything I could to get a fair throw and get into the finals, which I did, and then on my last throw I managed to move myself up a little bit. It wasn't my best, but I'm in, and I know it's there. I can obviously throw way farther, so I'm not too worried. I just have to do it when it counts in 10 days."
Men's Pole Vault
UCLA took a hit here when Mike Woepse, ranked 10th in the region entering the event, finished in 13th place, one spot out of qualifying. Woepse cleared 5.35m/17-6.5 on his second attempt but was unable to get past the next qualifying height of 5.40m/17-8.5. The 12th-place finisher, Jeremy Klas from Idaho, also did not clear 5.40m, but he cleared the previous height (5.35) on his first attempt, while Woepse made it in his second attempt. Dominic Giovannoni cleared his first attempt at 4.90m/16-0.75 but did not advance, finishing 40th.
Women's 4x100m Relay
The UCLA relay team of Trinity Wilson, Kylie Price, Brea Buchanan and Ally Courtnall placed fifth in heat 2 in 44.948 and missed out on qualifying to the NCAA Championships by .002 seconds. Baylor, which placed fourth in the heat, grabbed the final qualifying spot with a time of 44.946.
Women's Triple Jump
Faith Anumba jumped 12.41m/40-8.75 and finished 29th overall.
Derek Eager fell two spots shy of qualifying to the NCAA Championships, finishing 14th with a throw of 67.29m/220-9. Eager had nabbed the 16th and last spot in the final round with a throw of 65.60m/215-2 and then improved his mark with a 67.29m/220-9m, but it wasn't enough to catch the Top 12. Carlo Valdes had a best throw of 57.82m/189-8 and did not advance, placing 40th.
Men's 4x100m Relay
UCLA's relay team of Blake Selig, Yusef Merriweather, Ishmael Adams and Karlton Rolle placed sixth in its heat with a time of 40.31. Selig got the Bruins off to a strong start, taking the lead after the first leg. Merriweather kept it going in the second leg, but the Bruins were unable to maintain the lead and finished shy of qualifying in 15th place overall.
Men's Triple Jump
Dillon Stucky did not advance after fouling all three of his preliminary jumps.
Kelsey Smith finished 22nd in her heat and 38th overall with a time of 17:10.19 and did not qualify to the NCAA Championships.
Lane Werley clocked in a time of 14:10.69 to finish 10th in his heat and 15th overall. Werley was among the Top 6 racers after 1600 and stayed within striking distance for most of the race but fell further behind over the last few laps.