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UCLA-USC dual track meet to be held Saturday

The pressure is on for the Bruins’ men’s team, which has not lost at Drake Stadium in 33 years.

April 30, 2010|By Melissa Rohlin

Mike Maynard, first-year men's track and field coach at UCLA, is feeling the pressure.

The UCLA- USC dual meet is Saturday at UCLA's Drake Stadium, where the Bruin men have not lost in 33 years.

"I'm well aware of the rivalry and the impact that it has on the community," said Maynard, who's in his 23rd year of coaching. "I've always watched this meet."

USC holds a 41-35 overall advantage in the meet's 76-year history.

The UCLA women lead their series against USC, 21-5, but the Trojans have won the last two years. UCLA Coach Jeanette Bolden acknowledged that "they have more depth than we have this year."

The UCLA men's team features, among others, distance runners Cory Primm and Marlon Patterson. The women are led by sprinter Ashlea McLaughlin and long jumper Danielle Watson.

Sprinters Ahmad Rashad, Bryshon Nellum and Joey Hughes are among the top USC men's performers. Thrower Marissa Minderler and sprinter Elizabeth Olear lead the Trojan women.

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