Track and field has strong opening weekend, individual success for UCLA


The Daily Bruin

The UCLA track and field team began the indoor season this weekend at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Invitational, a meet where no team scoring took place.

That did not stop many Bruins from making the most of their first impression in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Competing against a diverse field of teams that included rival USC, five UCLA athletes won their events, with some etching their name into the school’s all-time record book in the process.

The most historic performance came in the women’s triple jump, where senior Jessie Maduka set an indoor UCLA record with a mark of 45 feet 1 inch.

Maduka, who only began competing in the triple jump last year, thought her jump was subpar at first.

“My approach was completely messed up, and I didn’t run full speed,” Maduka said. “The jump felt super easy, which I thought meant it was only an okay jump. But I guess whenever you do it right, it feels easier.”

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