UCLA Women's T & F Ranked No. 4 In Nation

April 23, 2002

Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women's track and field team is ranked No. 4 in the nation, after being ranked No. 2 (the Bruin men are tied for No. 16). In first place in the women's Top 25 is USC, the defending NCAA Outdoor champion, with 87 points. Rounding out the Top 5 are No. 1 USC (98 points), No. 2 LSU (72 points), No. 3 South Carolina (59), No. 4 UCLA (54 points) and No. 5 Kansas State (26 points).

On Saturday, May 4 at Drake Stadium, UCLA will host USC in the annual dual meet. Last Saturday (April 13) at Drake, the Bruin women defeated BYU in dual competition.

Other Pac-10 teams in this week's Trackwire women's Top 25 are: No. 6 Arizona, No. 9 (tie) Oregon, No. 20 Cal and No. 25 (tie) Stanford.

The Trackwire Top 25 is a power ranking of NCAA Div. I T & F teams. The ranking's methodology takes into account a variety of statistical predictors and is intended to project the outcome of the NCAA Div. I Outdoor T & F Championships. The scores provided with the rankings indicate each team's projected score based on form charts for each NCAA event.

In the IAAF/USATF national poll, Team Power Ranking, the Bruins are No. 1 (389.34 points). Rounding out the Top-5 are No. 2 Arkansas (361.11 points), No. 3 South Carolina (354.33 points), No. 4 Washington State (343.31 points) and No. 5 BYU (342.87 points). Team Power Ranking is based upon individual marks and dual meet strength.

The 2002 NCAA Div. I Outdoor T & F championships will be held May 29-June 1 in Baton Rouge, LA. For the last five consecutive seasons, the Bruin women have placed in the top three at the NCAA Outdoor (2001, 2nd, 2000, 3rd, 1999, 2nd, 1998, 2nd, 1997, 3rd).

Trackwire National Top 25 (April 22)
1. USC (87)
2. LSU (72)
3. South Carolina (59)
4. UCLA (54)
5. Kansas State (26)
6. Arizona (25)
7. Texas (23)
8. Illinois (22)
9. Indiana/BYU/Florida/Oregon (20)
13. Colorado (19)
14. Washington State (17)
15. Nebraska/Iowa State/Auburn/N.C. State/Miami-Florida (16)
20. Cal (15)
21. North Carolina/Florida State (14)
23. Rice (13)
24. Virginia (12)
25. Stanford/Missouri/Liberty (11)

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