Bruins Women's Track & Field Competes At Cornhusker And Northern Arizona Invitationals

Feb. 5, 2002

Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track and field team, the two-time defending NCAAIndoor champions, this weekend travels to two indoor invitationals, the Cornhusker Invite inLincoln, NE (Feb. 8-9) and the Northern Arizona Invite in Flagstaff, AZ (Feb. 9).

Last Saturday (Feb. 2) in Seattle, WA, several Bruins, especially UCLA's throwers andvaulters, had outstanding performances at the Washington Invitational.

In the throws, junior Cari Soong won the 20-lb. weight throw, with a personal-best andNCAA automatic qualifying mark of 66-8. Sophomore Jessica Cosby placed third (60-1, personalbest, NCAA provisional) in the weight throw and second (55-7, personal indoor best, NCAAautomatic) in the shot put (Cosby was the top collegian, the event was won by Bruin alum SeilalaSua, 56-3.75). Sophomore Lara Saye was fifth (54-11.50) in the weight throw and sixth (47-0.75) inthe shot put. Senior Chaniqua Ross was third (52-4.50, personal indoor best, NCAA provisional) inthe shot put and true freshman Brionna Reynolds was fourth (51-7, NCAA provisional).

Senior vaulter Tracy O'Hara won the event with a mark of 14-3.50, an NCAA automaticqualifying mark and the current No. 1 U. S. collegiate indoor mark. Senior Heather Sickler was tiedfor seventh (11-11.75), junior Karen Bewley was 10th (11-5.75) and sophomore Gail Larsen was 14th(11-5.75).

On the track, the Bruins had two winners - sophomore Lena Nilsson won the 800m (2:07.72,NCAA provisional) and junior Tiffany Burgess was second (2:09.68). In the 3000m, sophomoreValerie Flores won the event with a time of 10:05.13 and junior Kelly Grimes was third (10:22.83).

Other top performances in Seattle included UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (second-place, 3:57.38)and senior Julia Barbour, fourth in the mile (4:58.82).

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