Women's Track & Field Heads To NCAA Indoor Championship

March 4, 2002

UCLA Women's T & F Team Travels To Fayetteville, AR This Weekend (March 8-9) for 2002 NCAA IndoorChampionship, Bruins are the Two-time Defending Team Champions, Same Day Results onwww.hogwired.com. Bruin Women Opened Outdoor Competition last Saturday (March 2) at UC Irvine

Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track and field team travels to Fayetteville, AR this weekend(March 8-9) for the 2002 NCAA Indoor Championships, held at the Randal Tyson Track Center and hosted bythe University of Arkansas. The Bruin women are the two-time defending team championships, winning theindoor crown in 2001 and 2000.

On Friday (March 8), the first event is the women's 20-pound weight throw final at noon CST andthe final event is the men's distance medley relay at 9 p.m. CST. On Saturday (March 9, all finals), the firstevent starts at 2 p.m. CST (men's 35-pound weight throw) and the final event is at 8:10 p.m. CST (men's 4 X400m relay).

NCAA Indoor
Along with UCLA, other team favorites for the women's title are LSU, South Carolina and Florida.UCLA senior Tracy O'Hara (pole vault) and sophomore Jessica Cosby (shot put) will lead the Bruincontingent. O'Hara, the collegiate outdoor pole vault record-holder (14-7.25) who as a sophomore in 2000 wonboth the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor titles, enters the meet with the No. 2 mark (14-3.25). No. 1 is Arizonasophomore Amy Linnen, who this season set the American collegiate indoor record (14-10, breaking O'Hara'smark of 14-6 set in 2000).

Cosby also has the No. 2 mark in the shot put (55-7), trailing Clemson senior Jamine Moton(56-7.25). Last summer, Cosby became the first women's athlete in U. S. Junior history to win both the shotput (54-8.75) and hammer throw (182-10) at the U. S. Junior meet. Last year at the NCAA Indoor as a truefreshman, she earned All-American honors, by placing fifth (53-3) in the shot put.

Also competing for the Bruins this weekend in Fayetteville are:

  • Sophomore Lena Nilsson - she has the No. 5 mark in the mile (4:42.90, ran on March 2 at a lastchance meet in Seattle, WA) and will also run on the Bruins' distance medley relay. Last summer, she ran a2:05.13 800m and last spring in the 800m, she placed ninth at the NCAA Outdoor and third at the Pac-10.
  • UCLA's 4 X 400m relay - sophomore Sani Roseby, freshman Monique Henderson, junior TiffanyBurgess, sophomore Sheena Johnson and senior alternate Ysanne Williams have the No. 5 mark (3:35.98, ranon March 2 at a last chance meet in Seattle, WA). At last year's NCAA Indoor, the Bruin 4 X 400m relayearned All-American status by placing fifth (3:35.27).
  • UCLA's distance medley relay - Burgess (1200m), Henderson (400m), junior Jessica Marr (800m),Nilsson (1600m) and freshman alternate Alejandra Barrientos have the No. 10 time (11:21.18).
  • Senior Darnesha Griffith - No. 8 in the high jump (6-0). Earned All-American honors at last year'sNCAA Indoor (tied for fourth) and has a personal-best 6-0.75.
  • Junior Chaniqua Ross - No. 17 mark in the shot put (52-4.50). She's a two-time(1999-00) NCAA Indoor All-American in this event.
  • Sophomore Cari Soong - No. 7 (66-8) in the weight throw. In 2001, she earnedAll-American status in this event by placing 10th (62-8.75, top eight Americans).

    Oudoor Season Begins
    On the same day (March 2) as the last chance indoor meet in Seattle, WA, the Bruins also sentseveral competitors to their 2002 outdoor opener, the All-Cal Cup, held at Irvine and hosted by UC Irvine. TheBruin women placed fifth (159), behind winner UC Irvine (225), UC San Diego (189), UC Santa Barbara (188)and UC Riverside (160).

    UCLA had eight events winners - Barrientos in the 800m (2:13.52), senior Julia Barbour in the3000m steeplechase (10:54.07), sophomore Julie Stevenson in the high jump (5-8.50), senior Bunmi Ogunleyein the long jump (19-8.75), sophomore Lara Saye in the shot put (46-10.75) and discus (158-0), Soong in thehammer throw (193-0) and sophomore Karina Powell in the javelin (132-4).

    The Bruins will host their first home meet of the season on March 16 at Drake Stadium, vs.California and Washington State.

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