UCLA Great Gail Devers Leads Bruin Women In T & F News 2001 World/U.S. Rankings
Dec. 14, 2001
The Dec. 2001 issue of Track & Field News highlights the World and U. S. event-by-event rankings from the completed 2001 track & field season. UCLA has 14 past and present Bruin women in the rankings, led by UCLA great Gail Devers, who is ranked No. 1 in the World in the 100m hurdles. The highest U. S. rankings by current UCLA women are by senior Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault and junior Chaniqua Ross in the discus, both rated No. 6.
Overall in the world rankings, the Bruin women have five former athletes on the Top 10 charts - Devers, No. 1 in the 100m hurdles, Amy Acuff, No. 6 in the high jump, Seilala Sua, No. 6 in the discus, Suzy Powell, No. 8 in the discus and Shelia Burrell, No. 4 in the heptathlon. Devers has been rated No. 1 in the world in the women's 100m hurdles six times (2001-00-99-95-93-92) in the last nine years. In 2001, she placed first in the 100m hurdles at the USA Championships (12.91) and Goodwill Games (12.61) and placed second (12.54) at theWorld Outdoor Championships.
Acuff in 2001 won the U.SA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, Sua won both the shot put and discus at the USA Outdoor, Powell was second at the USA Outdoor and Burrell was second at the USA Outdoor and third at the World Outdoor.
Along with O'Hara and Ross, current Bruin women athletes on the U. S. chart include - freshman Monique Henderson, 400m, No. 10, freshman Jessica Cosby, shot put, No. 9 and sophomore Cari Soong, hammer throw, No. 9.
Their highlights from last season included - O'Hara placed fourth at the USA Outdoor and represented the U. S. at the World Outdoor and World University Games, Ross was third at the NCAA Outdoor, Henderson's best prep mark of 51.34 led the World Junior list for the second consecutive season, Cosby, who redshirted outdoors last season, became the first athlete to win both the shot put and hammer throw at the USA. Junior Outdoor and Soong, who also redshirted outdoors last season, placed 13th at the USA Outdoor.
In voting for the T & FN U. S. Athlete of the Year, three former Bruins were in the Top 10 - No. 3 Devers, No. 6 Burrell and No. 9 Acuff.Here's a complete list of the UCLA women's world and U. S. rankings, according to Track & Field News.
World 100mH- 1. Gail Devers HJ-6. Amy Acuff DT-6. Seilala Sua 8. Suzy Powell HEP - 4. Shelia BurrellU.S. 100m- 7. Shakedia Jones 400m - 10. Monique Henderson* 100mH - 1. Gail Devers HJ - 1. Amy Acuff PV - 6. Tracy O'Hara* LJ - 7. Shelia Burrell TJ - 8. Deana Simmons SP - 3. Seilala Sua 4. Christina Tolson 9. Jessica Cosby* DT - 1. Seilala Sua 3. Suzy Powell 6. Chaniqua Ross* HT - 5. Christina Tolson 9. Cari Soong* HEP - 1. Shelia Burrell 5. Michelle Perry
*current UCLA athlete