Thursday, August 17

Sophomore Arturo Sotomayor and the UCLA men's distance squad is one of many divisions on the track and field team that have improved their standing in a number of events from past years, from hundreds away from the top to within spitting distance. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

UCLA track and field team shows leaps in improvement over seasons

Since the 2016 outdoor season, the UCLA track and field team has seen improvement in its national rankings in over a dozen events. A quick glance at the year-over-year numbers reveals this track and field team is one of the fastest UCLA has assembled in several years. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore Arturo Sotomayor and the UCLA men's distance squad is one of many divisions on the track and field team that have improved their standing in a number of events from past years, from hundreds away from the top to within spitting distance. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Sophomore Arturo Sotomayor and the UCLA men's distance squad is one of many divisions on the track and field team that have improved their standing in a number of events from past years, from hundreds away from the top to within spitting distance. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Sophomore sprinter/hurdler Rai Benjamin is one of the many UCLA underclassmen atop the national Track & Field Results Reporting System rankings that will compete in their first USC dual meet this Sunday.

Track and field underclassmen prepare for rivalry meet versus USC

Los Angeles’ oldest rivalry is set for its annual track and field renewal, and this time UCLA will be heading downtown. The Bruins and the Trojans will clash again Sunday at Loker Stadium in UCLA’s second and final dual meet of the year. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore sprinter/hurdler Rai Benjamin is one of the many UCLA underclassmen atop the national Track & Field Results Reporting System rankings that will compete in their first USC dual meet this Sunday.

Sophomore sprinter/hurdler Rai Benjamin is one of the many UCLA underclassmen atop the national Track & Field Results Reporting System rankings that will compete in their first USC dual meet this Sunday.

Junior sprinter Leon Powell Jr. started Cozy Caps LA with inspiration from his father. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Track athlete Leon Powell makes strides in entrepreneurship

Leon Powell wears many different hats. It just so happens that he sells them, too. The junior sprinter has been juggling the responsibilities of a full-time student and business owner for more than a year now, all while heading up the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100-meter relay for the No. Read more...

Photo: Junior sprinter Leon Powell Jr. started Cozy Caps LA with inspiration from his father. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Junior sprinter Leon Powell Jr. started Cozy Caps LA with inspiration from his father. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Redshirt senior Austin O'Neil captains a UCLA track and field men's distance team that in two weeks' time has emerged as one of the nation's top divisions. He's in the top 10 for both the 3000-meter steeple chase and the 1500-meter. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Men’s distance track team enjoys long run of team successes

The UCLA men’s distance team has of late been one of the most formidable collegiate track and field groups in the country. Members of the distance squad own a total of six times within the national top 20 across all but two of the distance events, and the 1500-meter group is currently ranked No. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt senior Austin O'Neil captains a UCLA track and field men's distance team that in two weeks' time has emerged as one of the nation's top divisions. He's in the top 10 for both the 3000-meter steeple chase and the 1500-meter. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Redshirt senior Austin O'Neil captains a UCLA track and field men's distance team that in two weeks' time has emerged as one of the nation's top divisions. He's in the top 10 for both the 3000-meter steeple chase and the 1500-meter. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Senior thrower Zaybree Haury, who earlier in the year set the UCLA record in the javelin, will soon see her male teammates open up their own seasons. Freshmen throwers Marian Spannowsky and Simon Litzell will toss their first throws of the season at home on Saturday. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Track and field athletes to debut in events at coming invitational

After nearly a dozen Bruins climbed the national leaderboard at last weekend’s home opener, UCLA track and field will be giving the floor to some fresh faces. Read more...

Photo: Senior thrower Zaybree Haury, who earlier in the year set the UCLA record in the javelin, will soon see her male teammates open up their own seasons. Freshmen throwers Marian Spannowsky and Simon Litzell will toss their first throws of the season at home on Saturday. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Senior thrower Zaybree Haury, who earlier in the year set the UCLA record in the javelin, will soon see her male teammates open up their own seasons. Freshmen throwers Marian Spannowsky and Simon Litzell will toss their first throws of the season at home on Saturday. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Sophomore sprinter Suzie Acolatse was one of many Bruins to score points at the Pac-12 vs. Big 10 Invitational this past weekend. She finished second in the 100-meter dash, followed by sophomore Schuyler Moore in third. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Track and field sees positive results in Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Invitational

The men’s 4×100-meter relay team put together a performance Saturday that UCLA track and field had not seen since 2012. At the Pac-12 vs. Big Ten Invitational, sprinters senior Leon Powell, sophomore Rai Benjamin, senior Darnell Roberson and sophomore Damion Marshall took second place finish with a time of 39.91 seconds. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore sprinter Suzie Acolatse was one of many Bruins to score points at the Pac-12 vs. Big 10 Invitational this past weekend. She finished second in the 100-meter dash, followed by sophomore Schuyler Moore in third. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Sophomore sprinter Suzie Acolatse was one of many Bruins to score points at the Pac-12 vs. Big 10 Invitational this past weekend. She finished second in the 100-meter dash, followed by sophomore Schuyler Moore in third. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Senior long jumper Austin Hazel was one of four Bruins to compete in the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend, and one of three to finish in 12th place. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Track and field unable to crack top 10 at NCAA indoor championships

Over 60 teams scored at least one point at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships, but UCLA was not one of them. Even with the country’s fifth-ranked shot putter, sophomore Dotun Ogundeji in tow, the Bruins were unable to make an impression. Read more...

Photo: Senior long jumper Austin Hazel was one of four Bruins to compete in the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend, and one of three to finish in 12th place. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Senior long jumper Austin Hazel was one of four Bruins to compete in the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend, and one of three to finish in 12th place. (Daily Bruin file photo)