UCLA Track and Field Update, Highlights, And Results

April 23, 2001

UCLA track and field highlight results from the weekend (April 19-22), marksfrom the Mt SAC Relays (20-22), Mt. SAC Heptathlon (April 19-20), Long BeachInvite (April 21), Pomona Invite (April 20) and the Antelope Valley Throwersmeet (April 19).

Mt. SAC Relays
Senior Christina Tolson, from Fountain Valley, led the Bruin effort in thewomen's hammer and shot put. In the university women's hammer on Saturday,Tolson set a new Pac-10 and UCLA record (she held the old mark set last year of208-11), with a winning effort of 214-6 (personal-best, No. 2 on the currentcollege chart, NCAA automatic qualifier). Then on Sunday in the invitationalshot put, Tolson placed fourth overall (the top collegian), with apersonsal-best 57-2 (collegiate leader, No. 5 in UCLA history, NCAA automaticqualifier).

Along with Tolson, other top UCLA women's results from Mt. SAC were: 800m: in her invitational race on Sunday, junior Ysanne Williams placedfifth overall (second collegian), with a mark of 2:05.51 (season-best, No. 3 oncollegiate chart, NCAA provisional), in their university open races onSaturday, sophomore Tiffany Burgess placed first in her heat (2:07.46,personal-best, NCAA provisional) and in another heat, senior Bridie Hatch wasalso first (2:07.54, personal-best) and sophomore Jessica Marr was second(2:08.50, personal-best).

Pole vault: in the invitational on Sunday, junior Tracy O'Hara was fourth(top collegian, 13-1 3/4), in the university open event on Saturday, seniorErica Hoernig placed first (13-1 3/4, season-best, NCAA provisional) andsophomore Karen Bewley was 14th (12-6, personal-best, NCAA provisional).

Throws: sophomore Chaniqua Ross on Sunday in the invitational shot putplaced fifth overall (second collegian), with a personal-best 54-4 3/4 (No. 3 oncollegiate chart, No. 7 in UCLA history, NCAA automatic) and in the invitationaldiscus, she was eighth (172-10).

Junior Scott Moser and freshman Denye Versher led the Bruin men at the Mt.SAC Relays. Moser on Sunday placed fifth overall in the invitational discus(198-1). On Saturday in a university open 400m, Versher won his heat (47.29, personal-best),then came back on Sunday to run the opening leg on UCLA's winning (universityopen) 4 X 400m relay (3:09.62, season-best).

Other top Bruin men's results from Mt SAC were: sprints: in a university open 100m heat on Sunday, Bryan Harrison placedfirst (10.58). Freshman Michael Lipscomb was third in his 100m heat (10.61,season-best) and second (21.23) in his 200m heat.4 X 100m Relay: on Sunday in the university open, the Bruins placed first(40.46).

4 X 800m Relay: on Saturday in the university open, UCLA won the relay (for thefirst time since 1972), with a season-best mark of 7:30.11 (freshman NickThornton, 1:53.1, freshman Jon Rankin, 1:50.9, junior Martin Brix, 1:52.9,sophomore Phil Young, 1:53.1). Pole vault: in the university open event on Saturday, junior Joe Sneeplaced third collegiately (16-8 3/4, personal-best).long jump ' in the university open on Saturday, freshman Juaune Armon won hissection in the long jump (23-11), with fellow freshman Oliver Jackson second(23-10 1/4w, season-wind-aided outdoor best).

Throws: on Sunday, freshman Dan Ames in a university open shot put sectionplaced third (60-10, outdoor-best, NCAA provisional) and in the invitationaldiscus, was 10th (188-10).

Mt. SAC Relays Heptathlon
The Mt. SAC Relays Heptathlon was held at Azusa Pacific Thursday-Friday(April 19-20). Competing in her first-ever collegiate multi-event competition,UCLA senior Michelle Perry tied for third overall (tied for first amongcollegians), with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark of 5,657 (Perry tied forfirst place with San Diego State's Aja Frary and their mark of 5,657 leads theU.S. collegiate chart). Perry's point-total is No. 4 on the all-time UCLA listand Frary's total was an SDSU school-record. Perry was the No. 2 collegianafter the first day, with 3,370 points. The overall winner was Germany's SabineKrieger (6,041, second-best in the world to date, Krieger was fifth at the 2000Olympics), followed by Nike's Trayce Lawyer (5,690).

From Palmdale Quartz Hill, Perry's two-day marks were: Friday: long jump (20-13/4, best mark of the competition, 893 points), javelin (119-9, 600 points) and800m (2:22.21, 794 points), Thursday: 100m hurdles (13.76, second-best time ofthe day, 1,013 points), high jump (5-3 3/4, 759 points), shot put (36-8 1/2, 608points) and 200m (23.90w(+4.9), best wind-aided mark of the day, 990 points).

The Bruins have not had a heptathlon competitor at the NCAA Outdoor since1995, when Shelia Burrell placed fourth (5,720). Burrell was a member of the2000 U. S. Olympic team.

A four-time NCAA Outdoor All-American, Perry is the two-time defendingPac-10 100m hurdle champion.

Antelope Valley College Throwers Meet
Also on Thursday (April 19), several of UCLA's throwers competed at theAntelope Valley Throwers meet. In the women's discus, sophomore Chaniqua Rosswon the collegiate competition (placed second overall), with a mark of 171-9.Freshman Lara Saye was fifth (150-9).

In the men's discus throw, junior Scott Moser also won the collegiatecompetition (placed second overall, the overall winner was Canada's Jason Tunks,212-1, Tunks placed sixth at the 2000 Olympics), with a mark of 201-6. Redshirtfreshman Dan Ames was third (192-5) and sophomore Scott Wiegand set a personal-best (172-9).

Long Beach Invite
The Long Beach Invite was Saturday (April 21) and hosted by Long Beach State.

The women's highlights were: freshman Nicole Gaskins winning her 200m heat(24.64, season outdoor opener), senior Heather Newlin placing second in the highjump (5-5 3/4) and junior Kristee Porter winning the women's triple jump (39-6,season-best).

The men's highlights were: sophomore Brandon Foster winning his 100m heat(11.16), freshman Josh Craig placing first in a 400m heat (49.16) and sophomoreJohn Barbieri placing second in his 400m hurdle heat (53.97)

Pomona Invite
At the Pomona Invite on Friday (April 20), UCLA had two competitors in thewomen's 3000m steeplechase. Senior Gina Donnelly placed 12th, in a personal-best11:10.65 (just missing the NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 11:10.00) andsophomore Melissa McBain was 14th (11:21.73).

This Weekend (April 28-29)
The Bruin women will send sprinters and hurdlers to the Penn Relays inPhiladelphia and the rest of the Bruin women, along with most of the UCLA men'steam, will travel to UC Irvine for the Cal/Nevada Championships. Then on thefollowing Saturday (May 5), USC will host the annual UCLA/USC women's/men's dualmeets.

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