Bruins Compete in MPSF Championships
Feb. 21, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - The Bruins track and field teams head north to Seattle for the third time this season to compete at the 21st Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships at the University of Washington's Dempsey Indoor Facility. This is the 11th consecutive year that this event has been held at Dempsey.
The Bruins have gained momentum at their indoor competitions over the past several weeks and are looking to make a run at the conference title. Currently, the men's and women's teams boast a combined 12 athletes who hold national seedings in their individual events, as reported by the US Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
In 2012, the Bruin men (49 pts.) and women (35.33 pts.) took seventh and eighth, respectively, in the team category. However, they did have strong individual performances and were able to capture several individual event titles. Both the men's and women's weight throw events were won by Bruins, as Ida Storm (69-7/21.21) and Alec Faldermeyer (70-4.5/21.45) each tossed their way to the weight throw crown. Neither will travel this weekend to defend their crowns.
Junior captain Mike Woepse was another Bruin to emerge victorious last year in Seattle. Tied for the nation's no. 1 seed in this event, the then sophomore Woepse claimed the pole vault title (17-7.75/5.38) amongst a field that included two other Bruins. Finally, heptathlete Marcus Nilsson finished first in the men's heptathlon (5,700 pts.) by capturing three of seven first place finishes. Both Woepse and Nilsson return to Seattle this weekend to defend their titles.
Other Bruins to look out for:
Events begin Feb. 22 at 12pm, and will resume for day two on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 10:30am. This year's championships will be streamed by Flotrack.org. For the Flotrack event page, click here.
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