Five Bruins Advance to NCAA Championships
March 5, 2013
Los Angeles, Calif. - Five members of the track and field team will represent the Bruins at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships, the US Track & Field/ Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday morning. The University of Arkansas hosts this year's championships in Fayetteville, AR.
On the men's side, pole vaulter Mike Woepse and heptathlete Marcus Nilsson will compete this weekend for the Bruins. Woepse heads to Fayetteville seeded third nationally in the men's pole vault (5.60m). In 2012, he finished 14th (5.30) at the NCAA Championships. Woepse's teammate Marcus Nilsson is also no stranger to the final weekend of the indoor season. Nilsson joined Woepse in Nampa, ID last year and finished 11th (5,511 points) at NCAAs. Currently, he holds the 12th seed (5,670 points) in the heptathlon.
Three Bruins women will also head to Fayetteville this weekend. Senior Allison Koressel finished the indoor regular season seeded 14th in Div. I in the women's pole vault (4.24m). Koressel will be joined by sophomores Kylie Price and Brea Buchanan in Fayetteville. Price has earned a spot in the women's long jump and heads into this weekend as the 11th seed (6.34m).
The biggest surprise for UCLA track and field this weekend is sprinter Brea Buchanan. The other four athletes have been in position to make the national championships for weeks leading up to final selections, having top-16 seeds for much of the indoor season. However, Buchanan booked her ticket for a chance to run for the 60m hurdles title with an outstanding performance (8.18) at the Iowa State Last Chance this past Saturday. Heading into last chance weekend, Buchanan was seeded t-27th nationally in the event and needed a huge day to have a shot at qualifying. That's exactly what she did--Buchanan dropped her time .12, solidifying herself as the 12th seed in the event.
The NCAA Indoor Championships kick off Friday, March 8 at 10:30am PT and Day Two in Fayetteville will resume Saturday at 12pm PT. Day One will feature the women's long jump (trial and final) at 3:30pm PT, the men's pole vault (trial and final) at 3:30pm PT as well as the 60m hurdles semifinal at 4:00pm PT. On Day Two, the women's pole vault will begin at 3:30pm PT as well as the 60m hurdles at 4:20pm PT.
Live coverage of the NCAA Championships begins Friday at 3:30pm PT and Saturday at 4:00pm PT on ESPN3.com. Click here for links to Day One or Day Two . Also, live results for all of the weekend's events can be found here.
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