Bruins Second at Pac-10 Championships with 49 Points
May 14, 2004
At the conclusion of the first day of the 2004 Pac-10 Championships, held at Arizona's Roy P. Drachman Stadium, and after four final events, the Bruin men stand in second place with 49 points. The Bruins entered this year's championships with two points, thanks to last weekend's decathlon performance by senior Chris Staton. Staton placed seventh with 7,041 points.
Senior co-captains Dan Ames and Juaune Armon defended their Pac-10 titles. Ames won the shot put with a regional qualifying throw of 65-0 (19.81m). Armon won the long jump with a season best and regional qualifying mark of 25-10 (7.87m).
Ames on winning the shot put - "Earlier in the season, I thought about the possibility of winning all three throwing events at Pac-10's and it got me excited. The more that I trained with and got to know my teammates, I started to realize the importance that winning all three would be for the team. I want to win all three events for our team. The throwers had to do our part towards winning a team title. We're off to a great start."
Pole Vault - The Bruins scored 15 points in the pole vault. Junior Yoo Kim placed second, clearing 17-7.25 (5.37m, RQ). Senior Pat Luke was fourth, clearing 17-3.50 (5.27m, RQ). Sophomore Mike Landers was seventh with a vault of 16-11.50 (5.17m, RQ). Dave Murphy finished ninth with a vault of 16-11.50 (5.17m, RQ). And, Shane Hackett was 11th with a vault of 16-5.50 (5.02m, RQ).
Javelin - In the javelin, Ely Dial placed ninth with a personal best throw of 201-11 (61.54m).
Long Jump - Senior co-captain Juaune Armon defended his Pac-10 title. Armon jumped a season best 25-10 (7.87m, w: -0.5, RQ) for the victory. He scored 10 points for the Bruins.
Armon on winning the long jump - "I'm thrilled about tonight's victory. It is a great feeling to defend my title. It has boosted my confidence heading into the Regional meet. This victory is a good beginning for the rest of the post-season. There was a lot of energy at this meet. I was energized during the competition by my teammates. It was great to have them out there rooting me on."
Friday Preliminary Results 1,500m - Juniors Jon Rankin and Ben Aragon ran in the first heat of the 1500m run. Rankin won the heat in 3:49.43. Aragon was fourth in 3:50.26. The top four finishers in each heat (two heats) advanced to tomorrow's final. Rankin's time was the second fastest of the day. Aragon's was the eighth fastest.
110m Hurdles - In the first heat of the 110m hurdles, junior Jonathan Williams finished second, tying his personal best, in 13.93 (w: +0.0, RQ). Junior Tony Golston won the second heat in 14.18 (w: +0.0, RQ). The top two finishers in each heat advanced to the final. Golston and Williams had the second and third fastest times of the day, respectively.
400m - In the 400m, juniors Denye' Versher and Mario Bassani, and sophomore Craig Everhart represented the Bruins. In the first heat, Bassani finished sixth in 47.29. In the second heat, Everhart finished second in 46.04 (RQ), followed by Versher in third in 46.89 (RQ). The top two finishers in each heat, along with the next five best times, advanced to tomorrow's final. Everhart was an automatic qualifier and Versher advanced on time. Bassani did not advance to the final.
100m - Sophomore Matt Bruno ran in the first heat of the 100m dash. He finished third in a season best 10:48 (w: +0.0, RQ). Bruno advanced to tomorrow's final as a time qualifier. The top two finishers in each heat automatically advanced to the final, along with the next five best times. Bruno's mark was the fifth fastest of the day.
800m - Aragon and Rankin competed in their second event of the day. Aragon won the second heat in 1:50.10 (RQ). Rankin won the third heat in a personal best 1:49.64 (RQ). Their times were the second and third fastest of the day, respectively. Both advanced to tomorrow's final.
3,000m Steeplechase - No entries.
400m Hurdles - In the first heat of the 400m hurdles, true freshman Brandon Johnson finished second in 51.87 (RQ). Sophomore Matt Willis was fifth in a season best 52.12 (RQ). In the second heat, Jonathan Williams was second in 51.50 (RQ). Johnson and Williams advanced to the final automatically (top two finishers). Willis advanced to the final as a time qualifier (next five best times).
200m - In the 200m, Mario Bassani finished fifth in heat two in 21.65 (w: +0.6). In heat three, Matt Bruno finished third in 21.51 (w: +0.1) and Denye' Versher was fourth in 21.53 (w: +0.1). Bruno advanced to tomorrow's final as a time qualifier. Bassani and Versher do not advance to the final.
10,000m - No entries.
RQ - NCAA Regional Qualifying Mark
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