2001 NCAA Outdoor T & F Qualifiers Announced

May 25, 2001

Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track and field team qualified 15athletes for the upcoming NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships, held May30-June 2 in Eugene and hosted by the University of Oregon.

Art Venegas' Bruin men's squad has advanced five athletes to theOutdoor Championships.

UCLA Women
In women's competition, the Bruins have three national leaders - freshmanSheena Johnson in the 400m hurdles (56.02), junior Tracy O-Hara in the polevault (14-6) and senior Christina Tolson in the shot put (58-3 3/4). Here'sa list of the UCLA women competitors (event, athlete, mark, seeding):

100m - senior Shakedia Jones, 11.13 (2)
400m - freshman Adia McKinnon, 52.69 (9)
800m - junior Ysanne Williams, 2:05.51 (9), freshman Lena Nilsson, 2:06.08 (16) sophomore Tiffany Burgess, 2:06.13 (17)
100m Hurdles - freshman Sani Roseby, 13.40 (22)
400m Hurdles - freshman Sheena Johnson, 56.02 (1) senior Michelle Perry, 56.23 (4)
4 X 100m Relay - Roseby, Johnson, McKinnon, Jones, alternate-freshman Nicole Gaskins, 43.64 (5)
4 X 400m Relay - McKinnon, Johnson, Williams, Perry, alternate-Gaskins, 3:32.76 (5)
High Jump - junior Darnesha Griffith, 5-10 3/4 (19)
Pole Vault - junior Tracy O-Hara, 14-6 (1) senior Erica Hoernig, 13-5 1/4 (7) junior Heather Sickler, 13-3 1/2 (13)
Shot Put - senior Christina Tolson, 58-3 3/4 (1) sophomore Chaniqua Ross, 54-3 3/4 (6)
Discus - sophomore Chaniqua Ross, 183-9 (3)
Hammer - senior Christina Tolson, 214-7 (2)
Heptathlon - senior Michelle Perry, 5,657 (6)

The Bruin women are looking to win their first NCAA Outdoor titlesince winning the first two NCAA women's Outdoor Championships in 1982 and-83. UCLA has won the last two women's NCAA Indoor titles. If the Bruinwomen win the 2001 NCAA Outdoor, UCLA will become the third school inwomen's collegiate history to win the NCAA Indoor and Outdoorchampionships in the same season.

Last weekend in Berkeley, the UCLA women won their fifth consecutivePacific-10 Championship and seventh in the last eight seasons under Bolden.UCLA had eight event winners from the conference meet - McKinnon in the400m (52.69), Perry, for the third consecutive season, in the 100m hurdles(13.50), Johnson in the 400m hurdles (56.02), 4 X 400m relay (3:32.82),O-Hara, for the third straight year, in the pole vault (14-1 1/4), Tolsonin the shot put (58-3 3/4) and for the second consecutive season in thehammer throw (214-7, Pac-10/UCLA record) and Ross in the discus (177-3).

The NCAA Woman-s Outdoor will again be a dual between No. 1 UCLA andNo. 2 USC, and, like the first two encounters this season, the NCAA Outdoorcould come down to the final event of the day, the 4 X 400m relay. On May 5in the annual dual meet at USC, UCLA won the 4 X 400m relay (UCLA3:32.76-USC 3:33.17) to beat the Trojans, 85-78 (it was UCLA-s ninthconsecutive win over USC). Then, last weekend at the Pac-10, UCLA again wonthe 4 X 400m relay (UCLA 3:32.82-USC, dropped the baton during the thirdleg and placed fifth, 3:45.61) and won the league crown with 155 points,ahead of USC-s 153.

UCLA Men
The Bruin men advanced five athletes to the NCAA Outdoor.
400m Hurdles - sophomore Kyle Erickson, 50.54 (18)
Pole Vault - freshman Yoo Kim, 17-4 1/2 (18)
Shot Put - freshman Dan Ames, 63-10 1/4 (8)
junior Scott Moser, 62-4 1/2 (13)
Discus - junior Scott Moser, 206-8 (3)
freshman Dan Ames, 196-8 (8)
Javelin - sophomore Nate Marum, 228-11 (13)

Last weekend at the Pac-10 meet, UCLA-s men finished in third-place,behind winner Stanford (142) and second-place USC (115.5). Moser led theway for the Bruins, winning the discus (199-4) and placing second in theshot put (62-0 1/4) and fifth in the hammer (194-4). Ames placed second inthe discus (190-2), fourth in the shot put (61-3 1/2) and seventh in thehammer (190-10). Also at the Pac-10, Kim was fifth in the pole vault(16-11) and Marum was fourth in the javelin (217-10).

In Final National Rankings Before the NCAA Outdoor, UCLA Women are No. 1 inthe U. S. for Sixth Consecutive Week, Bruin Men No. 3 Dual Meet Team in theU. S.

For the sixth consecutive week, Jeanette Bolden-s UCLA women's trackand field team is the nation's No. 1 squad, while Art Venegas' Bruin men'steam is ranked No.18 in the U. S.

In the final Trackwire National Top 25 before the 2001 NCAA OutdoorChampionships, the Bruin women are in first-place with 70 points, ahead ofNo. 2 USC (66), No. 3 South Carolina (47), No. 4 Clemson (39) and No. 5 LSU(35). The NCAA Outdoor will be May 30-June 2 in Eugene and hosted by theUniversity of Oregon. In 10 weeks of national rankings, the UCLA women havebeen No. 1 on eight occasions, including the last six weeks in a row.

UCLA men moved back into the Trackwire National Top 25 after athree-week absence. The Bruins are tied for No. 18, with SMU and Utah State(each with 12 points). The No. 18 ranking ties for the UCLA men's highestplacement this season (the Bruin men were also tied for No. 18 the week ofApril 16). The men's Top Five are Stanford (52), LSU (50), TCU (47),Tennessee (46) and Florida (37).

In this week-s IAAF/USATF Team Power Ranking, the Bruin women are infirst-place with 405.99 points, ahead of No. 2 USC (389.91), No. 3 BYU(379.98), No. 4 North Carolina (376.78) and No. 5 Washington State(375.63).

UCLA's men, according to the Team Power Ranking, are No. 3 in the U.S. with 365.63 points, ahead of No. 4 USC (363.22) and No. 5 Florida(361.84), and behind No. 1 Texas (379.85) and No. 2 Tennessee (377.41).Trackwire is based upon predictions as to how teams will score at the 2001NCAA Outdoor Championships. Team Power Ranking is computer scoring based ona team-s individual top marks and dual meet strength.

Track & Field News also predicts the women's and men's team finish at the2001 NCAA Outdoor. In women's competition, T & FN predicts that UCLA willplace first with 69 points, followed by USC (63), Arkansas (43), SouthCarolina (41) and LSU (37). The magazine also predicts that two Bruin womenwill win individual titles - junior Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault andsenior Christina Tolson in the shot put.

T & FN- Top Five placements for the men's outdoor title are - No. 1 TCU(51), No. 2 LSU (44), No. 3 (tie) Tennessee/Stanford (42) and No. 5 Florida(34). According to the magazine, UCLA-s top men's placements will be juniorScott Moser in the discus (fourth-place) and freshman Dan Ames in the shotput (ninth-place).

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