Bruin Women In Second-Place After Third Day

June 1, 2001

Head Coach Jeanette Bolden - 'Our team is doing well, we are in a goodposition but I would say that we have no room for error on Saturday. Sincewe've been here, I've talked to our athletes about doing the best job theycan. I haven't talked about the team title. I want us to execute what we'vebeen taught. I knew today would be a big day for USC. I didn't anticipateTatyana Obukhova to do that well in the triple jump, but I'm not surprised ather third-place finish.'

Track Finals--

400m Hurdles: Senior Michelle Perry, who also started day one of theheptathlon on Friday (she competed in the 100m hurdles and was competing inthe high jump right before the start of the 400m hurdle final), placedseventh, in a time of 59.64. She picked up two team points for the Bruinwomen and earned her sixth career All-American honor.

800m: The Bruins had two competitors, freshman Lisa Nilsson and junior YsanneWilliams. Williams placed seventh, in a time of 2:06.87. Nielsson on thesecond-to-the-last turn, fell when another runner in front of her fell, gotback up and placed ninth (2:11.95). Williams picked up two team points forthe Bruin women and earned her second career All-American honor.

Heptathlon- After day one, senior Michelle Perry is in second-place with 3,430points, trailing only Kansas State's Austra Skujyte (3,494), and one pointahead of third-place San Diego State's Aja Frary (3,429).

100m Hurdles: Running in section two (there were six sections), Perry wonwith a time of 13.60 (Perry's heptathlon best), the best time of the day,putting her in first-place with 1,036 points after one event.

High Jump: Perry cleared 5-4 � (personal-best), tied for the 11th bestheight, and earned 783 points. After two events, Perry was in fourth-placewith 1,819 points.

Shot Put: Perry's mark of 37-9 � (personal-best) was the No. 10 distance,earning 629 points and after three events, Perry was in fifth-place with2,448 points.

200m: Perry's 200m time of 23.99 was the top mark of the day, giving her982 points. After four events, she was in second-place with 3,430 points.

Field Finals-

Pole Vault: UCLA had three competitors - defending champion, junior TracyO'Hara, senior Erica Hoernig and junior Heather Sickler. O'Hara tied forsecond (13-9 �), Sickler was ninth (12-9 �) and senior Erica Hoernig was 12th(12-3 �).

Track Semis-

100m: Senior Shakedia Jones won heat two, in a time of 11.19, and advances toSaturday's final. It sets up a showdown with USC junior Angela Williams, thetwo-time defending NCAA Outdoor 100m champion. Williams won heat one (11.19).

Shakedia Jones - 'The conditions (cool and breezy) weren't bad. I wantedto get out an win the heat and move on. I wanted to get through the first twodays healthy and get a good lane for the final. I should be next to Angela.She gets out well and I've been working on my starts, too.'

Looking ahead to Saturday (final day, all finals) for the UCLA women--Senior Michelle Perry will complete the heptathlon (long jump, javelin,800m), senior Christina Tolson in the hammer throw (she has the No. 2collegiate mark, 214-7), senior Shakedia Jones in the 100m, junior DarneshaGriffith in the high jump and UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (freshman Adia McKinnon,freshman Sheena Johnson, junior Ysanne Williams, senior Michelle Perry).

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