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.
Four women competed for UCLA, while several others competed unattached at both meets on Friday.
Forest Braden enters his third year with the Bruins coaching the long distance runners. During the 2011 season, Braden coached Shannon Murakami to a seventh-place finish in the 10,000m (36:40.70) at Pac-10s. Two of his male steeplechasers, Jake Matthews and David McDonald, both scored at the Pac-10 meet in the steeple.
In Braden's first year coaching the long distance runners at UCLA, the Bruins found great success. Murakami posted lifetime-best marks in the 1500m (4:25.10), mile (4:49.24) and 5000m (16:28.97, #8 all-time at UCLA)) and was an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 3000m with a lifetime-best mark of 9:30.01. Kelcie Wiemann ran the No. 3 mark in UCLA history in the 10,000m (34:58.17).
Prior to coming to Westwood, Braden spent the 2008 season as a volunteer assistant with Gonzaga University. While at Gonzaga, Braden worked closely with standout distance coach Pat Tyson in recruiting and facilitating training sessions. Before his coaching career began, Braden was a three-time All-American runner for UCLA men's head 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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