We will start with the Spaulding roundup with couple of track notes. First, congrats to Nelson Rosario. He qualified for NCAA Outdoor Championships in long jump while competing at the NCAA West Region Championship in Eugene yesterday. From the official site:
Rosario finished fifth in the long jump to automatically qualify for the National meet, posting a mark of 24-8.25 for the fifth and final automatic spot to Nationals. He was also the only freshman to finish in the top-five in the event. Taylor finished fifth in the shot put with a big season-best toss of 59-8.25 to automatically qualify for Nationals as he finished fifth in the event.
For full details on Rosario and rest of our track team check the notes on the official site.
Staying on the topic of track/football, Randall Carroll is getting ready for the 100 and 200 next week at the state meet at Clovis Buchanan High. From the LA Times:
Asked to identify his top competitors in the 100, Carroll pointed to Fountain Valley's Kyle Middlebrooks, who finished second tonight in 10.68 seconds. Carroll said he was surprised by Middlebrooks' ability to quickly get out of the starting block. Carroll also mentioned Bishop Amat's Sheldon Price, who took third in 10.73, saying that his future UCLA football teammate has tremendously improved each week.
In the 200, Carroll singled out Crenshaw's DeAnthony Thomas, Woodland Hills Taft's D.J. Morgan and Santee's Tevin Carter, who won the City championship on Thursday. "He's tall and lanky and he runs a powerful race," Carroll said of Carter. "He'll be somewhat challenging."
Carroll said Webb could use his victory over Carroll as a confidence booster. Not that Carroll seems worried.
"Next week will be a different race," he said.
Gotta love the confidence in this kid. BTW if you haven't seen it yet check out the video of his sprinting posted in the fanshot section.
Speaking of recruits Paul Richardson who had committed to UCLA last year dropped out of his commitment yesterday. I wish the kid luck. However, I don't think anyone is losing sleep over our recruiting given the way CRN has closed out last two years. They had no problem dealing with short-term setbacks around this time last year, and I don't expect it to be any different now.
Moving on, Dan Greenspan from CollegeFootballNews.com posted a short Q&A with Chuck Bullough on scout.com's "blog" (what's with everyone calling any website a "blog" these days?). There is nothing earth shattering in the interview but still a good read in this nuclear winter of college football season.
Lastly, speaking of nuclear winter if you are desperate to watch some UCLA football, The 1996 UCLA football double-overtime victory over U$C* is scheduled to be televised today at Noon (PT) on Prime Ticket (Channel 694 on DirecTV). A game I am happy to watch over and over and over again.