Women's T & F Competes This Weekend At Cal/Nevada Championships In Fresno

March 28, 2002

UCLA women's track & field head coach Jeanette Bolden will send a partial Bruin squad (18 student-athletes) this weekend (Friday-Saturday, March 29-30) to the 2002 Cal-Nevada Championships, held in Fresno and hosted by Fresno State University at Warmerdam Field. Daily results of the meet will be posted on www.gobulldogs.com.

Competition on Friday and Saturday (finals only) are both all-day affairs. Along with UCLA and host Fresno State, 30 other California and Nevada schools will also be participating. Last season, the Bruin women, with a partial squad, placed fourth at Cal-Nevada, with 58.67 points, behind winner San Diego State (110), California (83) and Nevada (59).

Leading the Bruin women's contingent this weekend will be three All-Americans, along with some of UCLA's top freshmen.

Sophomore Jessica Cosby (shot put), junior Chaniqua Ross (shot put/discus) and sophomore Cari Soong (hammer throw) will lead the Bruins. Cosby is a two-time NCAA Indoor All-American, who last summer as a redshirt freshman became the first female U. S. Junior in history to win both the shot put (54-8.75) and hammer throw (182-10) at the U. S. Junior meet. Ross last spring earned All-American honors in the discus at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor, placing third (180-9) and won the event at the Pac-10 (177-3). Soong last month at the NCAA Indoor earned her second All-American indoor honor in the 20lb. weight throw.

Some of UCLA's talented newcomers competing in Fresno include freshmen distance runners, Alejandra Barrientos, Lori Mann, Carolyn Shea and Carmen Winant, along with freshman thrower Briona Reynolds.

Stanford Invitational
The Bruins will also send three distance runners this weekend (March 29-30) to the Stanford Invitational. Running for the Bruins will be three members of UCLA's 2002 NCAA Indoor distance medley relay championship team - juniors, Tiffany Burgess and Jessica Marr, along with sophomore Lena Nilsson, who also placed second (4:38.88) in the mile at last month's NCAA Indoor.

Looking Ahead
On Saturday, April 6, the Bruins will compete at the Arizona Challenge in Tucson, AZ and hosted by the University of Arizona. After that competition, UCLA will return to Drake Stadium on Saturday, April 13, for its second home meet of the season, hosting BYU and CS Northridge. The Bruins' final home outdoor competition of 2002 will be Saturday, May 4, in the traditional annual dual meet with USC.

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