Tolson Wins Shot Put With Nation-Leading Mark of 58-3

May 19, 2001

Field Finals
Shot Put: Senior Christina Tolson won with a personal-best 58-3 _. It's the current No. 1 collegiate mark, an NCAA automatic qualifier and No. 4 in UCLA history. It's the second time in the last two weeks she has set a personal-best in the shot put (on 5/5, Tolson's leading collegiate mark was 58-2 _). In UCLA history, the Bruin women have now won 12 consecutive Pac-10 shot put crowns, all coached by Art Venegas, dating back to 1990.

Bruin sophomore Chaniqua Ross, who came into the meet with the No. 2 mark in the women's shot put (54-3 _), failed to make the final. Her first throw was 48-0 _ and she fouled on her next two attempts.

'Our tradition in this event puts (good) pressure on you,' said Tolson, who is from Fountain Valley. 'You do what you are supposed to do, it's a necessity (to uphold the tradition). My technique in the shot put is changing into something good. I still haven't hit it yet, but it's coming.'

Long Jump: UCLA's two entries, senior Michelle Perry (17-3) and junior Bumni Ogunleye (18-4) did not advance to the final competition.

Track Finals
3000mSC: Junior Elaine Canchola placed seventh (10:39.62, personal-best and school record).

Prelim Highlights
100m: freshman Sani Roseby placed third in heat one (11.69) and advanced to Sunday's final.
200m: UCLA advanced two to Sunday's final in heat one, senior Shakedia Jones placed first (23.53) and and freshman Adia McKinnon was third (23.88).
400m: Freshman Adia McKinnon, who leads the Pac-10 with a mark of 52.88, won heat one (53.69) and freshman Nicole Gaskins was fifth (55.01, season-best) in heat two and both Bruin runners advanced to Sunday's final.
800m: UCLA advanced four runners to Sunday's final � in heat one, junior Ysanne Williams was first (2:07.05) and sophomore Tiffany Burgess was second (2:07.19), in heat two, sophomore Jessica Marr was third (2:07.95) and in heat four, freshman Lena Nilsson was second (2:09.37).
100m Hurdles: Senior Michelle Perry, the two-time defending champion, and freshman Sheena Johnson placed one-two (13.32/13.65) in heat one and advanced to Sunday's final.
400m Hurdles: The Bruins advanced senior Michelle Perry and freshman Sheena Johnson to Sunday's final. Johnson won heat won (57.02) and Perry won heat two (57.85).

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