Members of the men's team competed in Eagle Rock on Saturday.
The Bruins will host the annual three-day meet in honor of two of UCLA and track and field's greatest athletes of all time.
Forest Braden enters his third year with the Bruins where he coaches the long distance runners. Prior to coming to Westwood, he spent the 2008 season as a volunteer assistant with Gonzaga University where he worked closely with standout distance coach Pat Tyson in recruiting and facilitating training sessions.
Last season, the Bruins had two sub-9-minute steeplechasers in Jake Matthews (8:57.55) and David McDonald (8:59.30) as both scored at Pac-10s.
The long distance runners thrived under Braden's leadership in his first season at UCLA as Dylan Knight led the way in the steeplechase. Knight ran a lifetime-best of 8:43.68 to move to fifth all-time in UCLA history, competed at the NCAA Outdoor meet and was the Pac-10 runner-up in the event. Spencer Knight (8:57.95) and David McDonald (9:10.80) also ran lifetime-best marks in the steeple. Marco Anzures moved to fifth all-time in the 10,000m (29:00.21) and also ran a lifetime-best of 14:07.69 in the 5000m. Alex Crabill was a provisional qualifier for the indoor meet in the 3000m (8:03.07) and also ran the No. 6 marathon time in UCLA history (2:20.38).
Prior to his coaching stint at Gonzaga, Braden was a three-time All-American runner for coach Mike Maynard at Boise State from 2002-2007, earning accolades in indoor and outdoor track as well as cross country. He also won seven Western Athletic Conference titles as a Bronco.
Braden also ran for Team Indiana Elite for one year and placed in the top-10 in five USATF Championship meets.
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