LOS ANGELES – The UCLA track and field team will split its weekend between three meets, highlighted by the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. The Bruins will also head to the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos, Texas, and the Cal Poly Invitational in San Luis Obispo.
UCLA will be competing at the various events from Thursday, March 27 to Saturday, March 29. Action for the Bruins in the state of Texas begins on Thursday while the Cal Poly Invitational is a one day event on Saturday.
After the Bruins posted some impressive individual performances in the dual meet against Washington State this past weekend, the men’s team is ranked No. 9 and the women check in at No. 13 in the USTFCCCA Outdoor Track Preseason polls.
UCLA has 11 marks that rank in the top-10 in the country after the opening weekend of the outdoor season. Sophomore Nick Hartle holds the top time in the 800m with a 1:47.51. That time earned Hartle the Pac-12 Track Athlete of the Week.
Also atop the country is senior Julian Wruck in the discus. Wruck posted a 212-1 to be one of only two athletes to throw above 200 feet this season.
Nicholas Scarvelis and Cody Crampton rank second in their respective events. Scarvelis threw the shot 62-5.75 while Crampton leaped a lifetime best 7-2.50 in the high jump. Pete Lauderdale also ranks in the top-3 in the country as he posted the third fastest time in the 400m with a 47.08.
In the men’s 5,000m, Nohe Lema and Michael McCabe rank eighth and ninth, respectively, with times of 14:25.03 and 14:27.79. Mike Woepse cleared 16-10.75 to rank ninth in the pole vault. The men’s 4x400m relay ranks 10th in the nation with a 3:10.93.
UCLA will return to the track next weekend when the team heads to Baton Rouge to participate in the Battle on the Bayou on Saturday, April 5. UCLA will also compete in the Stanford Invitational.