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Senior pole vaulter Mark Sakioka achieved a high mark of 16.73 feet at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, which was the top score of the meet. Sakioka said his goal for this weekend's Triton Invitational is to reach the 17-feet mark. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin)
Senior pole vaulter Mark Sakioka achieved a high mark of 16.73 feet at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational, which was the top score of the meet. Sakioka said his goal for this weekend's Triton Invitational is to reach the 17-feet mark. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin)

Redshirt junior Nicholas Scarvelis said his goal is to improve his shot put distance to a mark that's over 20 meters. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA gains competitive edge as track and field championship approaches

On the UCLA track and field website, there is a banner that rests atop the page. It reads: “2015 Pac-12 track and field championships, May 9-10 (multis) and May 16-17 – UCLA’s Drake Stadium.” Just as the title and location of this event have assumed an elevated spot on the team’s website, it has also occupied a place in the forefront of the Bruins’ minds throughout the year. Read more...

Redshirt junior Nicholas Scarvelis said his goal is to improve his shot put distance to a mark that's over 20 meters. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Competing against various seniors and professionals, freshman multievent athlete Steele Wasik finished seventh in the decathlon in the Mt. SAC Relays. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin)
Competing against various seniors and professionals, freshman multievent athlete Steele Wasik finished seventh in the decathlon in the Mt. SAC Relays. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin)

Senior pole vaulter Elena Clarke enters this weekend's Mt. SAC Relays on the heels of a season-best 13-1.75-foot vault at the Jackie Joyner/Raefer Johnson Invitational in Drake Stadium on Saturday. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Senior pole vaulter Elena Clarke enters this weekend's Mt. SAC Relays on the heels of a season-best 13-1.75-foot vault at the Jackie Joyner/Raefer Johnson Invitational in Drake Stadium on Saturday. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Sophomore sprinter Darnell Roberson said UCLA men's track and field's 4x100-meter relay team has a lot of room to grow, even though the Bruins recorded a season-best time of 40.97 seconds Saturday. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Sophomore sprinter Darnell Roberson said UCLA men's track and field's 4x100-meter relay team has a lot of room to grow, even though the Bruins recorded a season-best time of 40.97 seconds Saturday. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Freshman Joe Herrera anchored the men’s 4x100-meter relay for the first time since high school Saturday afternoon. The freshman contributed to a season-best time of 40.97 seconds for the Bruins. (Keila Mayberry)
Freshman Joe Herrera anchored the men’s 4x100-meter relay for the first time since high school Saturday afternoon. The freshman contributed to a season-best time of 40.97 seconds for the Bruins. (Keila Mayberry)


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