Thursday, April 25

Sophomore Alyssa Wilson recorded another event win in the shot put at the Beach Invitational. Wilson logged a personal record of 18.02 meters and is now tied for No. 1 nationally. (Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)
Sophomore Alyssa Wilson recorded another event win in the shot put at the Beach Invitational. Wilson logged a personal record of 18.02 meters and is now tied for No. 1 nationally. (Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)

Sophomore distance runner Christina Rice (far right) will compete in the women’s 5K for UCLA track and field at the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, California this week. (Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)
Sophomore distance runner Christina Rice (far right) will compete in the women’s 5K for UCLA track and field at the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, California this week. (Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)

Redshirt senior thrower Dotun Ogundeji posted a  shot put personal record of 21.05 meters at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational this past weekend at Drake Stadium. Ogundeji missed the 2018 NCAA Championships, but has logged the third best shot put distance in the country this season. 
(Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)
Redshirt senior thrower Dotun Ogundeji posted a  shot put personal record of 21.05 meters at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational this past weekend at Drake Stadium. Ogundeji missed the 2018 NCAA Championships, but has logged the third best shot put distance in the country this season. 
(Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)

Sophomore thrower Alyssa Wilson climbed to ninth all-time on the NCAA record list with a 70.63-meter toss in the hammer throw. Wilson was the lone athlete in the country to qualify for three individual events at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. (Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)
Sophomore thrower Alyssa Wilson climbed to ninth all-time on the NCAA record list with a 70.63-meter toss in the hammer throw. Wilson was the lone athlete in the country to qualify for three individual events at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. (Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)

(Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)
(Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)

Sophomore distance runner Christina Rice ran in six outdoor meets and three indoor meets as a freshman and qualified for NCAA West Preliminaries in the 10K race. Rice was also named an NCAA All-West-Region honoree in track and field after the 2018 season. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Younger members propel women’s distance team into promising season

Christina Rice said there’s been a culture change in the women’s distance team. “There’s a lot more positive attitude,” said the sophomore distance runner. “I think some people were having a hard time last year so it’s nice to see people having a healthy, positive mindset towards running again.” UCLA track and field lost roughly 2/3 of its women’s distance runners, but its underclassmen logged several probable NCAA regional qualifying marks last weekend. Read more...

Sophomore distance runner Christina Rice ran in six outdoor meets and three indoor meets as a freshman and qualified for NCAA West Preliminaries in the 10K race. Rice was also named an NCAA All-West-Region honoree in track and field after the 2018 season. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Sophomore pole vaulter Tate Curran posted a first-place jump of 5.15 meters in front of his family. His father, Anthony Curran, is the pole vault coach for UCLA track and field. (Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)
Sophomore pole vaulter Tate Curran posted a first-place jump of 5.15 meters in front of his family. His father, Anthony Curran, is the pole vault coach for UCLA track and field. (Andy Bao/Daily Bruin)


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