UCLA Dual Should Be Exciting Meet

The classic Oregon versus UCLA dual is always very competitive. I have put a form chart together and determined it will be an 83-80 victory for the Ducks. It will be tough for either team to win.

The big events will be the middle distance and long distance races and the jumps. The sprints and throws would have to have major upsets for things to change. Ducks Ashton Eaton and Vernell Warren will compete with Bruins Tyler Hobson, Nelson Rosario, and Jonathon Clark in the long jump. Oregon could go 1-2 or UCLA could go 1-2-3 and anything in between. That is an early event and could make a huge difference in the meet. Vernell Warren won the high jump last year in an upset but Tyler Hobson gained NCAA experience. Oregon could score 1 or more points. The weather in Oregon should have an affect on that and the pole vault. UCLA scored 28 ½ points at the MPSF indoor championships to move from fifth to first in the last event of those indoor championships. UCLA could go 1-2-3 but Colin Witter Tilton scored an indoor pr of 16-11 ½ at that MPSF championships and made the NCAA championships last year after clearing 17-1 at the West Regionals. Another pr could be a big upset in points. Triple jump should go to NCAA competitor Jonathon Clark but the rest of the points will be highly contested between UCLA's Steven Taylor, Oregon's Brian Schaudt, Vernell Warren, and Lane Seals.

The sprints will likely go to UCLA without Eaton. The 400 should go 1-2 for Chad Barlow and Eaton. The hurdles will likely go 1-2 for Ducks Eric Hersey and Marshall Ackley in the 110 hurdles and 1-2 for David Klech and Ackley in the 400 hurdles with Brian Law of UCLA scoring both.

The middle distance and distance events could have some spectacular times. Andrew Wheating will make his debut and is likely to run an NCAA leader in the 800 meters (1:48.25 by Mason McHenry of ASU is the leader going into today), Matt Centrowitz will debut in the 1,500 and could become the Pac-10 leader (Austin Abott leads at 3:41.60), and Galen Rupp will probably run a great time in the 5,000.

The throws will likely go solidly for the two teams. The Shot and Discus will likely go 1-2-3 for the Bruins with Bo Taylor, Nick Robinson, Thomas Nagengast, and Mark Weber. The Javelin should go 1-2-3 for the Ducks, Cyrus Hostetler, Alex Wolff, and Britton Nelson. The hammer throw was a turning point last year with graduated Colin Veldman and sophomore Jordan Stray beating 4x all-American Boldizor Kocsor of UCLA. That propelled the Ducks to a win.

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