Saturday, April 29

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.

Senior long jumper Austin Hazel, one of UCLA's three male Indoor Nationals qualifiers from earlier this year, is still waiting on a comparable outdoor leap, though is ready to put everything together against USC in UCLA's last dual meet of the outdoor season. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin)
Senior long jumper Austin Hazel, one of UCLA's three male Indoor Nationals qualifiers from earlier this year, is still waiting on a comparable outdoor leap, though is ready to put everything together against USC in UCLA's last dual meet of the outdoor season. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin)

Redshirt sophomore thrower Dotun Ogundeji notched the seventh-farthest throw on the UCLA all-time shot put list at the Triton Invitational in San Diego. Ogundeji threw 66 feet, 3 inches, coming in second to Nike-sponsored professional Darrell Hill. (Michael Hull/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Redshirt sophomore thrower Dotun Ogundeji notched the seventh-farthest throw on the UCLA all-time shot put list at the Triton Invitational in San Diego. Ogundeji threw 66 feet, 3 inches, coming in second to Nike-sponsored professional Darrell Hill. (Michael Hull/Daily Bruin senior staff)

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 sophomore hurdler Pattriana Perry ran a collegiate-best time over the weekend in the 100-meter hurdles, cracking 14 seconds as the Bruins closed out their stretch of home meets with the Jim Bush Collegiate Invitational. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin senior staff)
Redshirt sophomore hurdler Pattriana Perry ran a collegiate-best time over the weekend in the 100-meter hurdles, cracking 14 seconds as the Bruins closed out their stretch of home meets with the Jim Bush Collegiate Invitational. (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)
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)

Sophomore Arturo Sotomayor posted the fifth-fastest collegiate 1500 in the nation Saturday with a time of 3 minutes, 42.60 seconds, as he and redshirt senior Austin O'Neil went 1-2 in the event. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin)

Men’s track and field debuts top athletes at invitational

After UCLA men’s track and field soared to 12th in the national rankings last week, this weekend was meant to be a breather. The team didn’t roll out its A 4×100 relay team, sophomore sprinter Rai Benjamin, freshman jumper Isaiah Holmes in the high jump – for which he’s ranked in the top 10 nationally – or a good majority of its distance team, all of which were critical in the rankings explosion. Read more...

Sophomore Arturo Sotomayor posted the fifth-fastest collegiate 1500 in the nation Saturday with a time of 3 minutes, 42.60 seconds, as he and redshirt senior Austin O'Neil went 1-2 in the event. (Ken Shin/Daily Bruin)


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