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April 12, 2008
Gary Pine
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WESTWOOD, Calif. – Azusa Pacific produced 19 season-best marks, including 7 that were personal records, during 2 days of competition at the Rafter Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at UCLA this past week.

No Cougar seemed to enjoy the confines of famed Drake Stadium more than senior Zora Golcevska who finished third in the 100-meter hurdles and fifth in the long jump during Friday’s competition. The reigning NAIA pentathlon champ ran a season-best 14.11 in high hurdles, the top mark in the NAIA this season. She came back to post a leap of 18’ 7¾” in the long jump, the NAIA’s fourth-best jump so far this year.

Freshman Mandy Ross continued to dazzle during her rookie campaign, running a personal-best 56.08 in the 400 meters, the sixth fastest time in Azusa Pacific history and the fourth best in the NAIA this year.

All-American Ruth Wilhelm finished second in the shot put with a personal-record effort of 45’ 2¼” to tie for the sixth mark in Cougar women’s track & field history and move her into second place on the 2008 NAIA performance list.

Likewise, fellow senior and All-American Megan Ilertsen enjoyed a banner day at UCLA, throwing the discus a season-best 150’ 2”, second best in the NAIA this season.

On the men’s side, junior college transfer Anthony Logan continues to get better as each week passes, and at UCLA he moved to the top of the NAIA season performance list with a personal-record 47.28 in the 400 meters, the sixth best time in Cougar men’s track & field history. Logan won his section race at UCLA and finished second overall to reigning USA champion Khadevis Robinson (46.87).

In the hurdle races, senior Jordan Burnette posted a career-best 53.92 in the 400-meter intermediates, while All-American David Pichler clocked a season-best 14.73 in the 110-meter highs.

Azusa Pacific now preps itself for a busy week of track & field at home in the Cougar Track & Field Complex. The Cougars host both the California Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays Decathlon/Heptathlon Wednesday and Thursday (April 16-17), which is expected to be the largest gathering of multi-event athletes during this spring. The following day, Friday (April 18), the Cougars host the Azusa Pacific Invitational.