LOS ANGELES – A group of UCLA distance runners wrapped up the regular season at the Oxy Invitational, Saturday at the Bill Henry Track on the campus of Occidental College. In the beginning of the postseason for the Bruins, Alexis Walker holds the lead in the heptathlon after day one of the event at the Pac-12 Championships in Pullman, Wash.
Walker holds a 156-point lead after four events in just her second ever heptathlon. The junior used personal bests in the high jump (5-11.50) and shot put (34-3) to seize the lead. Her 5-11.50 high jump scored a day-one best 1003 points.
Katherine Salcido currently sits in ninth place with 2,832 points while Monique Van follows in 11th with 2,707 points.
At the Oxy Invitational, Elle Sanders competed in two events, placing ninth in the 1,500m with a time of 4:37.92 and finishing 19th in the 800m with a 2:13.52. Tiffany LaMar was the top Bruin finisher in the 800 with a time of 2:10.31 to place 10th. Alimatu-Sadia Ibrahim clocked a 2:16.64.
Philip Kostelnik led a trio of Bruins in the men’s 800m as he crossed the line at 1:52.46. Sean Davis followed at 1:52.91 while Kevin Gonzales clocked a 1:53.41.
In the men’s 1,500m, Austin O’Neil placed 13th at 3:50.68 while Nolan Dickson followed at 3:55.07. In the steeple, Jordan Senko placed sixth with a 9:14.29 and Max Davis was 11th at 9:28.96.
In the women’s 5,000m, Aliya Shirif placed 14th with a 17:21:51 while Kristina Rivera crossed the line at 18:37.82. On the men’s side Lane Werley is coming to form as he ran an impressive 14:02.85 to place third overall and first against collegiate competition. Patrick Douglas ran a 14:34.58 while Jonah Diaz clocked a 14:42.81. Nathaniel Cushing-Murray rounded out the Bruins with a 14:51.98.