Bruin Women Fourth After Day One of Pac-10 Championships

May 18, 2002

Pullman, WA - After the first day of the 2002 Pac-10 Track and Field Championships, hosted by Washington State, Coach Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women are in fourth place (32 points after one day of competition. The meet will conclude Sunday.

First Day Team Totals
Women - 1. Stanford 51, 2. Oregon 41, 3. Arizona State 37, 4. UCLA 32, 5. Washington State 31, 5. USC 31, 7. Washington 17, 7. Arizona 17, 9. California 16

UCLA Women's Head Coach Jeanette Bolden: 'I know Darnesha Griffith was expected to win the high jump today, but she also scored in the long jump and picked up a total of seven important team points. We scored three people in the shot put. Bunmi Ogunleye has an extremely strong day, scoring in the long jump and a personal best in the 400m trials. We qualified two people in the 400m and three in the 800m. Overall, we are prepared to do well tomorrow. We are hoping for strong performances from Sheena Johnson (400m hurdles, relays) and Monique Henderson (200m, relays).'

Finals-Field
Long Jump - UCLA picked up nine points. Senior Bunmi Ogunleye (Long Beach, CA/Long Beach Poly) placed fourth (20-5, she was 11th in this event last year) and senior Darnesha Griffith (Santa Margarita, CA/Trabuco Hills HS) was fifth (19-8). Placing 10th was freshman Candice Baucham (Inglewood, CA/Lng Beach Poly) (18-8.50). Arizona State's Tiffany Greer won the 2002 Pac-10 title at 21-0.

Shot Put - The Bruins got 15 points in this event. Freshman Jessica Cosby (Mission Hills, CA/Cleveland HS), a two-time NCAA Indoor All-American, was second (54-1); freshman Briona Reynolds (Grand Forks, ND/Red River HS)was fifth (52-5.25) and junior Chaniqua Ross (Elk Grove, CA/Laguna Creek HS) was sixth (51-0.75, Ross was ninth in this event last season). Stanford's Jillian Camarena won the 2002 Pac-10 Title at 54-10.25.

High Jump - Senior Darnesha Griffith, who placed fifth in the long jump, tied for third in the high jump (5-7.25, Griffith is the 2002 NCAA Indoor high jump champion and won this event as a sophomore in 2000) and sophomore Julie Stevenson (Walnut, CA/Diamond Bar HS) tied for 10th (5-5.25, she was 12th in this event last season). Griffith picked up seven team points for the Bruins on Saturday (four in the long jump and three in the high jump). Washington State's Whitney Evans won the 2002 Pac-10 title at 5-11.25.

Finals-Track
3000m Steeplechase - Freshman Carolyn Shea (Waterville, ME/Waterville HS) placed sixth 11:02.18, getting three points for the Bruins. Senior Julia Barbour (Dana Point, CA/Dana Hills HS) was 13th (11:34.10). Arizona State's Lisa Aguilera won the 2002 Pac-10 title in 10:15.71.

Qualifying
100m Hurdles - Sophomore Sheena Johnson (Stafford, VA/Garfield HS)had the second fastest time (13.82) and will advance to Sunday's final. In 2001 as a freshman, Johnson placed fourth in this event. Not advancing for the Bruins were freshman Dana Bethel (14.23, personal-best) and sophomore Sani Roseby (Las Vegas, NV/Monterey (CA) HS)(14.51). Roseby has been hampered all season with a hamstring injury.

400m - UCLA qualified two for Sunday's final - senior Bunmi Ogunleye had the second-best time of the day (53.31, personal-best, NCAA provisional) and sophomore Adia McKinnon (Flossmoore, IL/Homewood-Flossmore HS), the defending champion in this event, qualified with a mark of 53.83.

100m - Sophomore Sani Roseby had the 11th best time (12.27) and did not advance to Sunday's final.

800m - The Bruins qualified all three runners for Sunday's final. Sophomore Lena Nilsson (Vallentuna, SWE) had the second best time of the day (2:07.02), junior Tiffany Burgess (Van Nuys, CA/Birmingham HS) had the third-best mark (2:05.80) and junior Jessica Marr (Hayward, CA/Hayward HS) also qualified with a time of 2:07.77. Coming into the meet, Burgess (2:03.73) and Nilsson (2:03.89) are ranked Nos. 1 and 2 on the current collegiate list.

400m Hurdles - Sophomore Sheena Johnson, the defending champion in this event, qualified for Sunday's final (she also qualified for Sunday's 100m hurdle final), with a time of 1:00.00. Junior Nicole Gaskins' (Rancho Cucamonga, CA/Diamond Bar HS) mark of 1:02.75 did not qualify for Sunday's final.

200m - Freshman Monique Henderson (San Diego, CA/Morse HS) had the third-fastest time, with a mark of 23.59, advancing to Sunday's final. Henderson who is No. 2 on the current collegiate list in the 400m (51.33 and holds the national prep record in the 400m, 50.74), is not entered in the 400m in this Pac-10 meet. On Sunday, she will run in the 200m final and probably on both of UCLA's relays.

The Pac-10 Championships will continue Sunday, May 19, at Washington State's Mooberry Track Complex. There will be a total of 29 finals tomorrow.

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