Tuesday, November 20

Coach John Frazier has been the throws coach for track and field since 2013, but his life as a Bruin has been longer than these past five years. He was an All-American shot-putter at UCLA, and after coaching stints at eight different schools, he returned to Westwood. (MacKenzie Coffman/Daily Bruin)

Coach John Frazier’s decades of passion, expertise propels throws team

The 1972 Munich Olympics is one of the most infamous sporting events in history – but in throws coach John Frazier’s case, the legacy it left wasn’t all bad. Read more...

Photo: Coach John Frazier has been the throws coach for track and field since 2013, but his life as a Bruin has been longer than these past five years. He was an All-American shot-putter at UCLA, and after coaching stints at eight different schools, he returned to Westwood. (MacKenzie Coffman/Daily Bruin)

Coach John Frazier has been the throws coach for track and field since 2013, but his life as a Bruin has been longer than these past five years. He was an All-American shot-putter at UCLA, and after coaching stints at eight different schools, he returned to Westwood. (MacKenzie Coffman/Daily Bruin)

Freshman Alyssa Wilson made history over the weekend by qualifying for the NCAA championship meet in three throwing events – the only woman in the nation this year and the first-ever Bruin to do so. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Seven track and field athletes race off to NCAA championships

Place in the top 12, or go home – that was the situation for all 24 UCLA track and field athletes who competed this weekend. A total of six Bruins managed to make the cut at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Sacramento and will join senior heptathlete Kendall Gustafson at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Oregon. Read more...

Photo: Freshman Alyssa Wilson made history over the weekend by qualifying for the NCAA championship meet in three throwing events – the only woman in the nation this year and the first-ever Bruin to do so. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Freshman Alyssa Wilson made history over the weekend by qualifying for the NCAA championship meet in three throwing events – the only woman in the nation this year and the first-ever Bruin to do so. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Senior heptathlete Kendall Gustafson has been linked to UCLA track and field for much longer than the two years she's been a Bruin. Her grandfather was good friends with UCLA legend Rafer Johnson. (Hannah Burnett/Assistant Photo editor)

Track and field’s Kendall Gustafson continues family legacy despite challenges

“Bruin Born.” To many, these words are simply a slogan of school spirit. For senior heptathlete Kendall Gustafson, they evoke a more literal meaning. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Gustafson’s parents both attended UCLA in the 1980s. Read more...

Photo: Senior heptathlete Kendall Gustafson has been linked to UCLA track and field for much longer than the two years she's been a Bruin. Her grandfather was good friends with UCLA legend Rafer Johnson. (Hannah Burnett/Assistant Photo editor)

Senior heptathlete Kendall Gustafson has been linked to UCLA track and field for much longer than the two years she's been a Bruin. Her grandfather was good friends with UCLA legend Rafer Johnson. (Hannah Burnett/Assistant Photo editor)

Over the course of her freshman season, Alyssa Wilson has secured a spot on three of UCLA's all-time top 10 lists. Now, she finds herself on the way to her first ever collegiate regional meet. (Jenna Nicole Smith/Daily Bruin)

UCLA track and field heads to NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round

The Bruins will send 24 athletes to this week’s NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round as the final descent on the track and field begins. The West Preliminary Round, also known as west regionals, gathers the top 48 track and field athletes of each event from west of the Mississippi River to compete at California State University, Sacramento. Read more...

Photo: Over the course of her freshman season, Alyssa Wilson has secured a spot on three of UCLA's all-time top 10 lists. Now, she finds herself on the way to her first ever collegiate regional meet. (Jenna Nicole Smith/Daily Bruin)

Over the course of her freshman season, Alyssa Wilson has secured a spot on three of UCLA's all-time top 10 lists. Now, she finds herself on the way to her first ever collegiate regional meet. (Jenna Nicole Smith/Daily Bruin)

The Bruins were able to capture two event wins at the Pac-12 championships this weekend. Sophomore thrower Simon Litzell was responsible for one of those wins in the men's javelin. (Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin)

Several track and field athletes use Pac-12s to set records, crack top 48

Every year, the Pac-12 championship marks the start of the final phase of the outdoor track and field season. This weekend’s meet was the last chance many Bruins would have to qualify for the NCAA Division I West regional meet in two weeks’ time. Read more...

Photo: The Bruins were able to capture two event wins at the Pac-12 championships this weekend. Sophomore thrower Simon Litzell was responsible for one of those wins in the men's javelin. (Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin)

The Bruins were able to capture two event wins at the Pac-12 championships this weekend. Sophomore thrower Simon Litzell was responsible for one of those wins in the men's javelin. (Habeba Mostafa/Daily Bruin)

The Bruins will head to Stanford, California, this weekend for the Pac-12 championships, and many of them carry the hope of posting a mark that will qualify them for regionals. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)

Track and field hopes to maximize athletes it sends to NCAAs with strong Pac-12s

UCLA track and field currently has 13 athletes sitting in national championship-qualifying spots, and there are a few more on the bubble as the team prepares for the Pac-12 championships at Stanford this weekend. Read more...

Photo: The Bruins will head to Stanford, California, this weekend for the Pac-12 championships, and many of them carry the hope of posting a mark that will qualify them for regionals. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)

The Bruins will head to Stanford, California, this weekend for the Pac-12 championships, and many of them carry the hope of posting a mark that will qualify them for regionals. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA track and field's distance team has been sitting in the middle of the pack all year, but a number of the distance runners this year have made big strides in their times The athletes have recently climbed up the national rankings and have bolstered a weak Bruins program. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)

Despite strong distance runners, track and field falls short of 2017 team

It’s been a down year for UCLA track and field. At the end of the 2017 outdoor season, the Bruins had 25 athletes ranked within the nation’s top 50 in their respective events, according to TFRRS.com. Read more...

Photo: UCLA track and field's distance team has been sitting in the middle of the pack all year, but a number of the distance runners this year have made big strides in their times The athletes have recently climbed up the national rankings and have bolstered a weak Bruins program. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA track and field's distance team has been sitting in the middle of the pack all year, but a number of the distance runners this year have made big strides in their times The athletes have recently climbed up the national rankings and have bolstered a weak Bruins program. (Amy Dixon/Assistant Photo editor)


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