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Alec Faldermeyer was one of four Bruins to win events on Friday.
UCLA Track and Field Sets the Tone in Season Opener
By: UCLA Athletics

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The UCLA track and field team opened the indoor season in impressive fashion as the Bruins claimed four event titles at the NAU Invitational Friday evening at the oval in the Skydome.

On the men’s side, senior Alec Faldermeyer opened the 2014 campaign with a win, uncorking the weight 65-4 to take top honors in the event. Sophomore Nick Hartle then followed suit by winning the 1,000m with a time of 2:27.13.

Multi-event ace Marcus Nilsson finished second in the open pole vault and first among collegiate athletes with a clearance of 15-7.75. Scott Cook cleared 13-8.25 to finish sixth. Junior Phillip Kostelnik also placed second and first against the NCAA field with a 1:21.92 in the 600m.

Following Hartle in the 1,000m were sophomores Ferdinand Edman (4th, 2:29.33) and Austin O’Neil (5th, 2:29.96).

In the women’s events, junior Ava Kent won the 1,000m with a time of 3:01.89. In the open pole vault, junior Elena Clarke cleared a personal best 13-4.25 to win the event and lead a Bruin group that placed four in the top six spots.

Sarah Greene and Kayla Mallett both cleared 12-4.50 to tie for second while Renee Greene cleared 12-0.50 to finish tied for fifth in the pole vault.

Newcomer Monique Van leaped 36-10.50 in the triple jump to place second. In the shot put Tatum Souza placed 14th with a toss of 40-8.75 while Katherine Salcido followed in 16th with a heave of 38-9.50.

In the 600m, senior Paisley Pettway placed ninth with a time of 1:40.24.

The Bruins will begin competition on Saturday at 10 a.m. PT, with the men’s invitational pole vault. The action on the track will start at 10:30 a.m. with the men’s mile run.

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Friday, Mar 11
vs. NCAA Indoor ...
Birmingham, AL
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Saturday, Mar 12
vs. NCAA Indoor ...
Birmingham, AL
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Tuesday, Mar 22
vs. Jim Bush Collegiate ...
Los Angeles, CA
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Friday, Apr 01
vs. Bruin Legends of ...
Los Angeles, CA
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Friday, Apr 01
vs. The Legends Distance ...
Los Angeles, CA
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Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Bruin Legends of ...
Los Angeles, CA
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Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Rafer Johnson/Jackie ...
Los Angeles, CA
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vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
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Friday, Apr 15
vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
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vs. Mt. SAC Relays
Norwalk, CA
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Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Texas A&M
Los Angeles, CA
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vs. Olympic Training ...
Chula Vista, CA
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vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
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Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
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Sunday, May 01
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
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Saturday, May 07
vs. Occidental ...
Eagle Rock, CA
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vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
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Sunday, May 08
vs. Pac-12 Championships ...
Seattle, WA
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Saturday, May 14
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Seattle, WA
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Sunday, May 15
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Seattle, WA
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Thursday, May 26
vs. NCAA Regionals ...
Lawrence, KS
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Friday, May 27
vs. NCAA Regionals ...
Lawrence, KS
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Saturday, May 28
vs. NCAA Regionals ...
Lawrence, KS
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Wednesday, Jun 08 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jun 09 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
Friday, Jun 10 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
Saturday, Jun 11 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Outdoor ...
Eugene, OR
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