UCLA Women's T&F Honda Award Nominees

May 24, 2001

As they prepare for the upcoming NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships,senior thrower Christina Tolson and junior pole vaulter Tracy O'Hara arenominees for the 2001 collegiate women's track and field Honda Award.

Tolson, from Fountain Valley, last week at the 2001 Pacific-10Championships in Berkeley, won the shot put and defended her hammer throwtitle. Her winning shot put mark of 58-3 3/4 leads the current nationalcollegiate list and it was the No. 4 throw in Pac-10 and UCLA history.Tolson's first-place hammer throw of 214-7 was a Pac-10 record and No. 2 onthe current collegiate chart. Last March, at the 2001 NCAA IndoorChampionships, Tolson won the shot put and was second in the weight throw,helping lead the Bruins to their second consecutive NCAA Indoor title.

O'Hara, from San Diego, at last week's Pac-10, won the pole vault forthe third season in a row, with a winning vault of 14-1 1/4. Herseason-best of 14-6 leads the current women's collegiate chart. As asophomore in 2000, O'Hara was again a Honda nominee, winning both NCAAIndoor and Outdoor pole vault titles and setting the women's collegiateoutdoor record (14-7 1/4).

Both Tolson (shot put) and O'Hara are favorites to win their events atthe NCAA Outdoor, May 30-June 2 in Eugene, OR.

Also nominated for the women's track and field Honda award are 'hurdler Brenda Taylor from Harvard and USC sprinter Angela Williams.

Tolson and O'Hara join Bruin junior Stacey Nuveman as spring nomineesfor the Honda Award. Nuveman, UCLA's record-setting catcher on the Bruinsoftball team, is a Honda Award nominee for the sport of softball.

The Bruins already have one Honda Award winner for this season. UCLAsenior Mohini Bhardwaj won the Honda Award for the sport of women'sgymnastics and is now eligible for the Honda-Broderick Cup. In UCLA'swomen's athletic history, the Bruins have had 22 Honda Award winners.

The track and field winner, announced on May 29 after nationwideballoting, will also become a nominee for the Honda-Broderick Cup, whichis awarded annually to the nation's outstanding collegiate Women's Athleteof the Year. The Honda-Broderick Cup will be awarded at the CollegiateWoman Athlete of the Year Banquet, on June 11, 2001 in Salt Lake City, UTduring the NACDA convention.

UCLA has had three women's athletes win the Honda-Broderick Cup,including Jackie Joyner-Kersee for track and field in 1984-85. The othernational Athlete of the Year winners were Ann Meyers (basketball) in1977-78 and Lisa Fernandez (softball) in 1992-93.

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