LOS ANGELES – The UCLA track and field team will head to College Station, Texas to compete at the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational. The two-day event will begin on Friday, Feb. 7 and be held in the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.
“We are looking forward to competing at Texas A&M this weekend,” director of track and Field Mike Maynard said. “It will be the first opportunity for our entire team to come together.”
Friday’s action starts at 12:30 p.m. PT, with the women’s pentathlon and will continue through the running of the men’s and women’s 5,000m, beginning at 5 p.m.
The meet continues Saturday at 9 a.m. PT, with the second day of the men’s heptathlon, followed by the first events on the track at 10:30 a.m., and first open field events at 11 a.m.
“The first weekend of competition at Flagstaff we left the sprints crew home,” Maynard said. “Last weekend we sent the distance squad to Seattle. This week the entire team, sprints, jumps, distance and throws come together for a team scoring competition.”
The nine teams in the field will be competing for the men’s and women’s team titles using the standard 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring format for each of the 17 events being contested during the two-day meet.
UCLA will compete against host Texas A&M, Arizona State, Baylor, Houston, LSU, TCU, Tennessee, and UTEP as five men’s and five women’s squads enter the weekend ranked among the nation’s Top 25 teams in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association power rankings released on Tuesday.
The No. 10-ranked Bruins face off against No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 9 LSU, No. 21 Baylor and No. 22 Arizona State in the race for the women’s team title, while the men’s team race has a deep field of its own with No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 13 UTEP, No. 23 Houston and No. 24 Baylor along with LSU.
The Bruins enter the meet ranked 10th in the country on the women’s side, their highest ranking during the indoor season since the inception of the poll in 2008. UCLA has 12 individuals ranked in the top-25 of their respective events, including two that hold the top mark in Division I track and field.
Kelsey Smith ran the fastest 3,000m in Division I this past weekend at the UW Invitational with a time of 9:04.31. That time is the second fastest in UCLA history. Smith also ranks 15th in the mile with a time of 4:42.00.
Joining Smith atop the national rankings is Kylie Price. The junior leaped 21-2 in the long jump this past weekend in New Mexico to set a new personal indoor best and hold the top mark in the nation.
UCLA will split its squad next weekend as once again the Bruins will head to Albuquerque, N.M., and Seattle, Wash., to participate in the Don Kirby Elite Invitational and the Husky Classic.