Bolden Named Track And Field Coach Of Year
June 13, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Pac-10 Office on Wednesday announced its annualtrack and field honors, decided by a vote of the Conference's track andfieldcoaches.
Coach of the Year --
UCLA's Jeanette Bolden was named the women's Coach ofthe Year and Stanford's Vin Lananna garnered men's Coach of the Yearhonors.
Bolden claimed her fifth consecutive women's conference coaching honor andher seventh in the last eight years. This spring, the UCLA women's teamcaptured its fifthconsecutive league championship, scoring 155 points to edge USC (153).Concluding her eighth season as the Bruin women's head coach, Bolden hasled UCLA to the Pac-10 title in seven of those eight years. Overall, itmarked the Bruins' 12th Pac-10 title in 15 attempts. UCLA finished secondat the recently completed NCAA Outdoor Championships and last March, theBruin women won their second consecutive NCAA Indoor meet.
It was the second straight men's coaching honor for Lananna, whoearnedco-coach of the year accolades last season. Lananna guided the Cardinalto their first Pac-10 men's title since 1927, scoring 142 points todefeat USC (136) and UCLA (115.5). Stanford finished fourth at the NCAAOutdoor Championship, its fourth top-four finish in as many seasons.
Newcomer of the Year --
UCLA freshman Sheena Johnson was named the Pac-10Women's Track and Field Newcomer of the Year and Stanford's Donald Sage washonored as the Pac-10 Men's Track and Field Newcomer of the Year.
Johnson, from Stafford, Va., won the 400-meter hurdles (56.02)and was a member of UCLA's first-place 4x400 meter relay team (3:32.82)at the Pac-10 Championships. She also finished fourth in the 100-meterhurdles (13.82.5). Her 400-meter hurdles time of 56.02 was tops in theConference this season. At the NCAA Outdoor, Johnson earned All-Americanhonors on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay, running the second leg as the Bruinsplaced fifth (3:36.09).
Sage, a freshman from Elmhurst, Ill., finished second in the 1,500 meters(3:43.70) at the Pac-10 Championships and fifth (3:39.27) at the NCAAChampionship,helping the Cardinal to its first Pac-10 title since 1927 and afourth-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor. His 1,500 meters time of 3:39.27was tops among collegiate freshmen this season. He also placed fourth inthe 5,000 meters (14:14.08.5) at the Pac-10 Championships.
Athlete of the Year -
Marcus Brunson of Arizona State was named thePacific-10 Conference Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Year, whileBrianna Glenn of Arizona was named Pac-10 Women's Track and Field Athleteof the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Wednesday.
Brunson, a senior from Tempe, Ariz., captured both the 100-meter(10.21)and 200-meter (20.62) titles at the Pac-10 Championships and was a memberof ASU's first-place 4x400 meter relay team. Brunson concludes his SunDevil career as a seven-time All-American and is the school record holderin the 100 meters (10.10). He placed third in the 100 meters (10.26) andfourth in the 200 meters (20.60w) at the NCAA Outdoor, and was amember of ASU's fourth-place 4x400 meter relay team.
Glenn, a junior from LaMirada, Calif., won the 100-meter (11.39) and200-meter (23.26) titles at the Pac-10 Championships, and placed third inthe long jump (6.06m/19-10 3/4). At the NCAA Outdoor, she went onto capture the 200-meter (22.92w) and long jump (6.56m/21-6 1/4) titles,and placed third in the 100 meters (11.21w). Glenn was the only femaleathlete to win two individual titles at the NCAA Outdoor, and she becamethefirst woman in NCAA track and field history to win the long jump and asprint event.