UCLA Sends Nine Athletes to 2001 USA Outdoor T & F Championships

June 20, 2001

UCLA this week will send nine women and men track and field athletes to the 2001 USA Outdoor T & F Championships, held in Eugene, OR. The four-day meet will start Thursday (June 21) and conclude Sunday (June 24). It will be held at Hayward Field and hosted by the University of Oregon. Just three weeks ago, Hayward Field hosted the 2001 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships.

The Bruins will send seven women and two men. Leading the Bruin women will be senior Christina Tolson in the shot put and hammer throw. At the 2001 NCAA Outdoor meet, Tolson won the shot put (57-0 3/4) and finished second in the hammer throw (215-0, Pac-10 record). She's the U. S. Track Coaches Association West Region Women's Athlete of the Year.

UCLA's top male athlete will be junior Scott Moser in the discus. He placed third (197-4) in the discus at the NCAA Outdoor.

Other Bruins traveling to Eugene include:

Women

-senior Shakedia Jones (100m/200m) - placed second (11.10w, her best-ever wind-aided mark, her legal personal-best is 11.11) in the 100m at the NCAA Outdoor. Jones, who earned All-American honors on 10 occasions during her UCLA career, last summer represented the U. S. at the Sydney Olympic Games as a member of the women's 4 X 100m relay pool.

-senior Erica Hoernig (PV)- at the NCAA Outdoor, Hoernig was 12th (12-3 1/2) in the pole vault and finished eighth (12-11) at the Pac-10.

-junior Tracy O'Hara (PV)-the collegiate outdoor record-holder (14-7 1/4) in the pole vault, O'Hara at the NCAA Outdoor tied for second (13-9 1/4) and won (14-1 1/4) the event at the Pac-10 for the third consecutive season.

-sophomore Chaniqua Ross (DT) - at the NCAA Outdoor, Ross was third in the discus (180-9) and 14th (50-11 1/2) in the shot put. She won the discus (177-3) at the Pac-10.

-sophomore Cari Soong (HT) - she redshirted during the current outdoor season. At the 2001 NCAA Indoor meet last winter, Soong placed 10th (62-8 3/4) in the weight throw as the Bruin women won the NCAA Indoor for the second consecutive season. Soong was the 2000 U. S. Junior women's hammer throw champion.

-junior Ysanne Williams (400mH) - at the NCAA Outdoor, Williams was seventh in the 800m (2:06.87) and earned All-American honors on the Bruins' 4 X 400m relay (third leg, 3:36.09, fifth-place). Her personal-best in the 400m hurdles is 57.59, set this season.

Men

-senior John Hall (400mH) - at the Pac-10 meet, Hall placed third (51.61) in the 400m hurdles. In 2000 has a junior, Hall qualified for the NCAA Outdoor with a personal-best 50.44 in the 400m hurdles.

Elite Alumni

An alumni class that represents some of the nation's top women and men track and field athletes will also represent the Bruins.

In women's competition, Bruin alumnae include - Amy Acuff, who enters with the nation's top mark (6-6) in the high jump, Shelia Burrell, with the No. 1 point-total (6422) in the heptathlon, Bisa Grant in the 100m hurdles, Gail Devers (100mH), two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 100m and American record-holder (12.33) in the 100m hurdles, Seilala Sua, the three-time defending champion in the discus and Suzy Powell in the discus.

In men's competition, Bruin alumni include - Brian Fell in the 400m, John Godina (SP/DT), a two-time World Outdoor champion in the shot put who won the bronze medal at the 2000 Olympics and the silver medal at the 1996 Games, Josh Johnson, son of Bruin great Rafer Johnson, in the javelin, Mebrahtom Keflezighi (5000m/10,000m), American record-holder (27:13.98) in the 10,000m, Derek Knight in the 110m hurdles, Mike Powell, world record-holder (29-4 1/2) in the long jump and Jess Strutzel in the 800m.

Televised

The USA Championships will be televised from noon-1 p.m. PDT on Sunday (June 24) on CBS and from 2-4 p.m. on ESPN2. During the four-day meet, results can be obtained on www.usatf.org.

The 2001 National Outdoor T & F Championships serve as the selection event for the IAAF World Outdoor Championships, Aug. 3-12 in Edmonton, Canada.

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