Bruin Women in First-Place After Day 2
May 31, 2001
Bruin Head Coach Jeanette Bolden - 'In our team meeting last night(Wednesday), I talked about staying positive. Like in basketball, we need torebound for each other, help each other out. Going into this meet, I knew itwas not just going to come down between UCLA and USC. South Carolina and LSUare still in the mix.'
Shot Put - The Bruins had two competitors, senior Christina Tolson andsophomore Chaniqua Ross. Tolson entered the meet with the No. 1 collegiatemark (58-3 ï¿½) and Ross, who yesterday placed third in the discus, entered themeet with the No. 6 distance (54-3 ï¿½).
Tolson won the event with a mark of 57-0 ï¿½ and Ross placed 14th (50-11 ï¿½).Tolson's victory nets 10 teams points for the Bruin women. Tolson, fromFountain Valley, who won the 2001 NCAA Indoor shot put crown, is the seventhathlete (and the third Bruin) in collegiate women's track and field historyto win both the indoor and outdoor shot put titles the same season (1985-86,Regina Cavanaugh, Rice, 1989, Carla Garrett, AZ, 1990, Tracie Millet, UCLA,1994, Eileen Vanisi, TX, 1997, Tressa Thompson, Nebraska and 2000, SeilalaSua). She is also the fifth Bruin (six titles, since 1990), all coached byArt Venegas, to win the NCAA Outdoor shot put crown (1990, Millet, 1993, DawnDumble, 1995, Valeyta Althouse, 1999-2000, Seilala Sua). The Bruin havecaptured this title the last three years in a row.
(On Bruin tradition in this event) - 'It's part of being a UCLA thrower.I've been feeling it all year. It's not pressure, but a tradition. I'm usedto it.'
(On team race) - 'First, everyone focuses on their individual event, theneveryone comes together as a team. We had to let go of yesterday, today was afresh start.'
100m Hurdles - Freshman Sani Roseby came into the meet with the finalqualifying mark (13.40, No. 22). In heat one, Roseby placed eighth (13.77w)and did not advance to Friday's semis. ,
400m - Freshman Adia McKinnon, who won the 400m at the 2001 Pac-10, came intothe meet with the No. 9 collegiate time (52.69). In heat two, McKinnonplaced fourth, with a time of 53.67 and did not advance to Saturday's final.
100m - Senior Shakedia Jones, a nine-time Outdoor and Indoor All-American,entered the meet with the No. 2 collegiate mark (11.13). In heat one, Jonesplaced first, running 11.11w (+3.7). It was the best time of the day andJones advances to Friday's semi-final.
4 X 400m Relay - UCLA's relay of McKinnon, freshman Sheena Johnson, juniorYsanne Williams and senior Michelle Perry, came into the meet with thenation's No. 5 collegiate time (3:32.76).In heat two , UCLA placed third, with a time of 3:30.54 and advanced toSaturday's final. . UCLA's relay is a busy group -Williams is inFriday's 800m final and Perry on Friday begins the heptathlon and is also inthe 400m hurdle final.
Sheena Johnson - 'Coach Bolden told us last (Wednesday) night, to keep goingand not look back. We are still in the team hunt. We just need to do as wellas we can the next two days. Our relay qualification can help carry us intothe next two days. It was important for me to mentally block out whathappened yesterday (Wednesday) and not let it affect me today (Thursday).When the gun went off today and the adrenaline was flowing, I didn't eventhink about yesterday.'
UCLA Women-Looking Ahead To Friday
In finals, in the pole vault, junior Tracy O'Hara will look to defend hertitle and will be joined in the field by Bruin senior Erica Hoernig andjunior Heather Sickler. Senior Michelle Perry will run in the 400m hurdlefinal and start day one of the heptathlon and in the 800m final, the Bruinswill have two competitors, freshman Lena Nilsson and junior Ysanne Williams.In semis, senior Shakedia Jones will compete in the 100m.
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