The Dempsey Indoor facility at the University of Washington has become familiar territory for the Bruins during the last couple of months.
With the indoor season coming to a close, the UCLA men’s track and field team traveled to Seattle on Friday for the third time this season to compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. The team went up against nationally ranked conference competitors ““ No. 7 Stanford, No. 12 Oregon, No. 14 Arizona and No. 21 Washington ““ and didn’t come away empty-handed.
Redshirt senior Greg Woepse again found success in the pole vault, winning the event with a season-best mark of 17-3.50 and claiming a top-20 spot nationwide. Senior Casey DiCesare also competed in the vault and finished third overall.
In addition to his vaulting duties, DiCesare also competed for the first time in the heptathlon, finishing in second place. Junior Trent Perez also competed in the heptathlon, coming in fifth with a lifetime-best 5,151 points.
Another big finish for the Bruins came from redshirt senior Scott Crawford, who won the 800 meters with a new personal best time of 1:50.28. Senior Jonathan Clark finished second in the triple jump, posting an NCAA top-10 long jump of 52-9.25, a new season best.
Freshman Alec Faldermeyer was another highlight for UCLA, finishing second in the weight throw with a mark of 63-0.25. The weekend’s results mark the freshman’s third collegiate competition and his third top-three finish.
In the long jump, juniors Nelson Rosario and Taylor Hobson finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Rosario posted a season-best mark, while Hobson’s mark was a lifetime-best.
Next weekend, a number of the athletes will return to Seattle for NCAA last-chance qualifiers, the last indoor competition before the NCAA Indoor Championships in Texas in March.
Compiled by Eric Peck, Bruin Sports contributor.