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What’s Bruin: UCLA’s Rai Benjamin Runs 3rd Fastest Hurdle Time in School History

Benjamin is still just a sophomore. Plus, there’s some baseball, basketball, tennis and rowing news.

Rai Benjamin (center) ran the third fastest time in UCLA history in the NCAA 400m hurdles finals yesterday.

UCLA Track & Field

Bruin Sophomore Rai Benjamin is fast. How fast? Yesterday, he ran the 400m hurdles in the third fastest time in UCLA history. That fast. His time was 48.33 seconds and he finished second. He was just 1/100th of a second behind Florida’s Eric Futch who ran 48.32 to win the race. Talk about a photo finish.

The fastest UCLA time ever belongs to Kevin Young who ran 47.72 in 1988 and the second fastest was Andre Phillips who ran 48.10 in 1981. Considering that Benjamin’s fastest time last season was 49.82, he clearly has those guys in his sights.n

UCLA Baseball

As Griffin Canning waits for the start of the MLB Draft on Monday, he was named a third team All-American by Baseball America. He was also selected as a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. He is the 11th All-American selection since John Savage took over the UCLA Baseball program.

UCLA Men’s and Women’s Tennis

Speaking of All-Americans, three UCLA Tennis players have been selected as ITA All-Americans. Ena Shibahara, who was previously selected as the ITA National Rookie of the Year, was selected from the women’s team while the men’s doubles team of Martin Redlicki and Evan Zhu were selected from the men’s team.

UCLA Women’s Rowing

Thirteen members of the UCLA Women’s Rowing team have been selected for Pac-12 All-Academic honors.

Jasmine English, Suzannah Henderson and Lanea Tuiasosopo received first-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors while Shalyn Fullerton and Marie Jacquet were second-team All-Academic selections. Juniors Sierra Bronkhorst, Mikayla Hart, KC Yeagley and Sophia Denison-Johnston and sophomores Saskia Budgett, Kyra Edwards, Emily Foss and Jillian Solberg were all honorable mention selections.

Student-athletes must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and compete in at least 50 percent of their team's competitions to be eligible for the women's rowing all-academic team.

UCLA Men’s Basketball

Finally today, incoming freshman Kris Wilkes has been selected to take part in the 2017 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp. If selected, Wilkes will travel to play in the FIBA U19 World Championship at the beginning of July in Cairo, Egypt.

The US team is looking to win its third straight gold medal in the biennial event. UCLA’s Thomas Welsh played on the US team that won the gold in 2015.

And, that’s what’s Bruin.

Go Bruins!!!