Bruins Head To NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

May 28, 2002

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2002 NCAA Outdoor - Select members of Jeanette Bolden's UCLA women's track and field team, rated No. 1 in the U. S. and six-time defending Pacific-10 Champions, will compete Wednesday-Saturday (May 29-June 1) at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor T & F Championships in Baton Rouge, LA and hosted by LSU. Qualifying and final events are held all four days and scoring is 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.

2001 NCAA Outdoor - Held in Eugene, OR, the Bruin women placed second with 55 points, behind winner USC (64 points). The UCLA women were led by seniors, Christina Tolson (first in the shot put, second in the hammer throw) and Michelle Perry (second in the heptathlon and earned All-America honors in the 400m hurdles and 4 X 400m relay).

UCLA Coaches at the NCAA - In her ninth season as head coach, Bolden's Bruin women have placed in the Top Three seven times at the NCAA Outdoor, including second-place finishes in 2001-99-98-95. In NCAA history, the Bruin women have won two NCAA Indoor titles (2001-00), two NCAA Outdoor crowns (1983-82) and two AIAW Outdoor titles (1977-75).

Competing for the Bruins - The UCLA women will have 15 competitors, including three event leaders (junior Tiffany Burgess, 800m; sophomore Lena Nilsson, 1500m; senior Tracy O'Hara, pole vault) and three other Bruin women who are No. 2 in their respective events (freshman Monique Henderson, 400m; 2002 NCAA Indoor champion senior Darnesha Griffith, high jump; junior Chanique Ross, discus). The UCLA women competing are - freshman Monique Henderson (400m, No. 2, 51.33; 4 X 400m relay, No. 5, 3:31.97); sophomore Adia McKinnon (400m, No. 17, 52.86; 4 X 400m relay); junior Tiffany Burgess (800m, No. 1, 2:03.73); sophomore Lena Nilsson (1500m, No. 1, 4:14.11), sophomore Sheena Johnson (100m hurdles, No. 14, 13.39; 400m hurdles, No. 3, 56.56; 4 X 400m relay); senior Bunmi Ogunleye (4 X 400m relay; long jump, No. 21, 20-6 1/2); sophomore Nicole Gaskins (4 X 400m relay alternate); senior Darnesha Griffith (high jump, No. 2, 6-0 3/4); senior Tracy O'Hara (pole vault, No. 1, 14-3 1/4), freshman Candice Baucham (triple jump, No. 16, 42-7 1/2); freshman Jessica Cosby (shot put, No. 10, 54-10; hammer throw, No. 14, 195-4); freshman Briona Reynolds (shot put, No. 13, 54-2; discus, No. 17, 174-2); junior Chaniqua Ross (discus, No. 2, 184-9); sophomore Lara Saye (discus, No. 5, 180-3) and sophomore Cari Soong (hammer throw, No. 3, 209-10).

LAST WEEK - SATURDAY/SUNDAY (MAY 18-19 ) AT 2002 PACIFIC-10 T & F CHAMPIONSHIPS, PULLMAN, WA (WASHINGTON STATE)

2002 Pac-10
Women - 1. UCLA 160, 2. USC 157, 3. Stanford 121, 4. Arizona State 89, 5. Washington State 85, 6. Oregon 67, 7. Arizona 59, 8. California 44, 9. Washington 36. (In 2001, UCLA won the UCLA/USC dual meet and the Pac-10, but lost to USC at the NCAA Outdoor. This season, the Bruin women have defeated the Trojans in the dual meet and at the Pac-10.)

Jeanette Bolden's Bruin women won their sixth consecutive Pac-10 title and the eighth in her nine years as the UCLA women's coach. For the second straight season, the meet came down to the 4 X 400m relay and for the second consecutive year, the Bruin women won the relay and the team title. Going into the relay, the Bruins had a one point lead over USC and then won the relay with a time of 3:31.97 (season-best, NCAA automatic, No. 5 in school history). USC ran a 3:35.45. The Bruins and Trojans have finished 1-2 for the last four seasons in the team race (2002-UCLA 160/USC 157; 2001-UCLA 155/USC 153; 2000-UCLA 167.5/USC 161; 1999-UCLA 160.5/USC 140).

Winning event titles (five) for UCLA were, on the track - sophomore Lena Nilsson, becoming only the second woman (joining USC's Grazyna Penc, 1997) in Pac-10 meet history to win both the 800m (2:03.88, personal-best, NCAA automatic, No. 2 in school history) and 1500m (4:20.81); sophomore Sheena Johnson defended her 400m crown (57.35) and UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (senior Bunmi Ogunleye, sophomore Adia McKinnon, sophomore Sheena Johnson, freshman Monique Henderson), and in the field - junior Chaniqua Ross, defending her discus crown (180-8).

Salinas Throwers Invitational, May 21
On Tuesday, May 21, the UCLA throwers competed at the Salinas Throwers Invite (marks not eligible for NCAA qualifying).

Recording personal-best marks in the discus were, for the UCLA women - junior Chaniqua Ross (188-6) and freshman Briona Reynolds (181-0).

UCLA WOMEN'S T&F HEAD COACH JEANETTE BOLDEN
In her ninth season at the Bruin women's helm and 11th on the staff.

  • Coached UCLA to back-to-back NCAA Indoor team championships (2001-2000; UCLA finished second in 2002).
  • Four second-places at the NCAA Outdoor, including three of the last four years.
  • Seven-time USTCA West Region Coach of the Year, including last six consecutive seasons.
  • Eight Pac-10 titles in nine years, including last six consecutive seasons.
  • Seven-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, including last five consecutive seasons (2002 award tba)
  • Unbeaten career dual record of 68-0, including 9-0 record vs. USC.
  • Eight-time National Dual Meet Team Champion, including last seven consecutive seasons.

    NATIONAL RANKINGS
    In collegiate track and field, there are two national rankings- Trackwire and the USTCA sponsored Team Power Ranking.

    Trackwire's National Top 25 is a power ranking of NCAA Div. I T & F teams. This ranking's methodology takes into account a variety of statistical predictors and is intended to project the outcome of the 2002 NCAA Div. 1 T & F Championships (May 29-June 1, Baton Rouge, LA). The scores provided with the rankings indicate each team's projected score based on formcharts for each NCAA event. Team Power Ranking is a computer program rating teams by individual marks and dual meet strength.

    In the week (May 24, final ranking before NCAA Outdoor), Trackwire rated the UCLA women No. 1 (75 points) in the U. S. and the Bruin men were tied for No. 21 (13 points). In week (May 13, before Pac-10 meet) Team Power Rankings, the Bruin women were first (408.52) and the Bruin men were second (370.52), behind No. 1 Tennessee (374.49), the defending NCAA Outdoor champion.

    BOLDEN NAMED USTCA WEST REGION WOMEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR FOR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE SEASON
    UCLA's women's track and field head coach Jeanette Bolden on May 24 was named the Mondo/U. S. Track Coaches Association West Region Women's Coach of the Year. She is now eligible for selection for the Mondo/USTCA National Women's Coach of the Year, which will be voted on at the conclusion of next week's NCAA Outdoor Championships at LSU in Baton Rouge.

    Bolden has received this honor six consecutive seasons and a total of seven times during her Bruin career (she's in her ninth year as the UCLA's women's head coach).

    ROSS, SICKLER SECOND-TEAM DIST. VIII ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN
    Junior Chaniqua Ross and senior Heather Sickler on May 23 were named second-team 2002 Verizon Women's T & F/CC Academic All-American for Dist. VIII as selected by CoSIDA.

    Ross, from Elk Grove, who is the two-time defending Pac-10 discus champion and a three-time All-American, including a third-place in the discus at last spring's NCAA Outdoor, has a 3.33 cumulative gpa (sociology major).

    Sickler, from Camarillo, last spring at the NCAA Outdoor earned All-American honors (top eight Americans) in the pole vault and has the No. 3 mark on the all-time Bruin chart (13-3 1/2). She has a 3.51 gpa (psychology major).

    UCLA AT THE 2002 NCAA OUTDOOR T & F CHAMPIONSHIPS
    Here are biographies (by event) on the 15 Bruin athletes competing at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor.

    Monique Henderson, 400m (51.33)/4X400m relay (3:31.97), 5-7, Fr., San Diego (Morse HS)

    2002 - At the Pac-10, placed second in the 200m (23.04, personal-best, No. 7 in school history) and anchored UCLA's winning 4 X 400m relay (3:31.97, season-best, No. 5 in school history). No. 2 on the collegiate 400m chart (51.33). Pac-10 Athlete of the Week (Women's Track) for her performance in UCLA's dual win over USC on May 4 (won 400m, 51.33, No. 2 in UCLA history; anchored 4 X 100m relay, second-place, 44.85, season-best; anchored winning 4 X 400m relay, 3:32.02). At the 2002 NCAA Indoor, Henderson ran on UCLA's winning distance medley relay (second leg (400m), 10:58.19) and earned All-American honors on the Bruin 4 X 400m relay (second leg, 3:36.59, fifth-place).

    Career - Topped the World Junior list as a senior prepster in 2001 (51.34) and set the national prep 400m record as a junior (50.74). Her 2001 best (51.34) was 0.99 better than the NCAA winning time (52.33) and her 2000 season best (50.74) was 0.40 better than the NCAA winning mark (51.14). Member of the 2000 U. S. Olympic 4 X 400m relay pool.

    Adia (A-dee-a) McKinnon, 400m (52.86)/4X400m relay (3:31.97), 5-5, So., Flossmoor, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor HS)

    2002 - At the Pac-10, placed third in the 400m (53.26) and ran the second leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 400m relay (3:31.97, season-best, No. 5 in school history).

    Career - Had knee surgery last summer. Earned All-American honors twice as a true freshman in 2001 (NCAA Outdoor, 4 X 400m relay, anchor, fifth-place, 3:36.09; NCAA Indoor, 4 X 400m relay, anchor, fifth-place, 3:35.27). At the 2001 Pac-10, McKinnon won the 400m (52.69, personal-best) and ran the third leg on the Bruins' winning 4 X 400m relay (3:32.82).

    Tiffany Burgess, 800m (2:03.73), 5-8, Jr, Van Nuys (Birmingham HS)

    2002 - Leads the collegiate list with her 2:03.73 800m (also a school record, set at the UCLA/USC dual meet on May 4). Placed second in the 800m (2:03.91) at the Pac-10. Pac-10 Athlete of the Week (Women's Track) for leading a one-three sweep in the 800m (2:06.30) at the UCSD Open on April 26. At the 2002 NCAA Indoor, Burgess ran on UCLA's winning distance medley relay (first leg (1200m), 10:58.19) and earned All-American honors on the Bruin 4 X 400m relay (third leg, 3:36.59, fifth-place). In cross country last fall, one of the key runners who helped the Bruin women qualify as a team to the NCAA meet.Career - At the 2001 NCAA Outdoor, qualified in the 800m and placed sixth at the Pac-10.

    Lena (Lee-na) Nilsson (Nil-son), 1500m (4:14.11), 5-6, So, Vallentuna, Sweden (Vallentuna Gymnasium)

    2002 - Leads the collegiate list in the 1500m (4:14.11) and is No. 2 in the 800m (2:03.88). At the Pac-10 meet, became the second women's athlete (USC's Grazyna Penc, 1997) in conference meet history to win both the 800m (2:03.88, personal-best, No. 2 in school history) and 1500m (4:20.81). At the NCAA Indoor, Nilsson anchored (1600m) the Bruins' winning distance medley relay (10:58.19) and earned All-American honors, placing second in the mile (4:38.88). Was a member of last fall's cross country team that qualified for the NCAA meet.

    Career - At the 2001 Outdoor, placed ninth (2:11.95) in the 800m and was third at the Pac-10.

    Sheena (She-na) Johnson, 100m hurdles (13.39)/400m hurdles (56.56)/4 X 400m relay (3:31.97), 5-5, So., Stafford, VA (Garfield HS)

    2002 - At the Pac-10 meet, defended her 400m hurdle crown (57.35), ran the third leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 400m relay (3:31.97, season-best, No. 5 in school history) and placed second in the 100m hurdles (13.39, personal-best, No. 8 in school history). At the 2002 NCAA Indoor, earned All-American honors, running the anchor leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (fifth-place, 3:36.59).

    Career - As a true freshman in 2001, Johnson twice earned All-American honors (Outdoor-4 X 400m relay, second leg, fifth-place, 3:36.09; Indoor-4 X 400m relay, second leg, fifth-place, 3:35.27); won two Pac-10 titles (400m hurdles, 56.02, personal-best, No. 4 2001 World Junior, No. 4 UCLA history, No. 7 U. S. list); 4 X 400m relay, anchor leg, 3:32.82), was named the Conference Women's Newcomer of the Year and won her third U. S. Junior 400m hurdle crown.

    Bunmi (Boo-mee) Ogunleye (O-gune-lay-a), long jump (20-6 1/2)/4 X 400m relay (3:31.97),5-11, Sr., Long Beach (Poly HS)

    2002 - Outstanding athlete, at the Pac-10, she competed in four events - 400m (second-place, 53.08, personal-best), 4 X 100m relay (third leg, fifth-place, 46.53), 4 X 400m relay (first leg, first-place, 3:31.97, season-best, No. 5 in school history) and long jump (fourth-place, 20-5).

    Career - At the 2001 NCAA Indoor, earned All-American honors on the Bruins' 4 X 400m relay (fifth-place, first leg, 3:35.27). Her mother, Modupe (Moe-du-pe) Oshikoya (O-sha-koy-ya), a Nigerian Olympian, competed for UCLA (1977-78), winning the AIAW long jump (21-6.50) and placing second in the 100m hurdles (13.49). Oshikoya, on the all-time Bruin charts, is No. 3 in the long jump (21-6.50) and No. 8 in the 100m hurdles (13.49).

    Nicole Gaskins, 4 X 400m relay alternate, 5-7, So., Rancho Cucamonga (Diamond Bar HS)

    2002 - At the Pac-10, ran the second leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (fifth-place, 46.53) and also qualified in the 400m hurdles.

    Career - Was an alternate on the Bruin relays at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor.

    Darnesha Griffith, high jump (6-0.75), 5-5, Sr., Santa Margarita (Trabuco Hills HS)

    2002 - No. 2 on the collegiate high jump list. At the Pac-10, tied for third in the high jump (5-7.25) and was fifth In the long jump (19-8). Won the high jump (6-0.75, ties personal-best) at the 2002 NCAA Indoor.

    Career - All-American indoor honors in 2001, Pac-10 Champion in 2000 and the 1999 U. S. Junior champion. Her aunt was the great Florence Griffith Joyner and her coach, Al Joyner, was Flo Jo's husband.

    Tracy O'Hara, pole vault (14-3.25), 5-7, Sr., San Diego (Rancho Bernardo HS)

    2002 - Leads the outdoor list (14-3.25) in the pole vault. O'Hara has been slowed the month of May with chronic lower back pain. Had only two competitions in May, in the UCLA/USC dual meet (13-0.75, May 4) and placing third (13-9.75, May 19) at the Pac-10. Pac-10 Athlete of the Week (Women's Field) for winning the UCSD Open pole vault on April 26 (14-3.25, collegiate outdoor best for 2002). Was second (13-11.25) at the NCAA Indoor.

    Career - Collegiate outdoor record-holder (14-7.25), she at one time in her career also had the indoor record (14-6). Three-time (1999-01) Pac-10 champion who won the NCAA Outdoor and Indoor titles as a sophomore in 2000.

    Candice (Can-dus) Baucham (Bow-kum), triple jump (42-7 1/2), 5-5, Fr., Inglewood (LB Poly HS)

    2002 - At the Pac-10, was third in the triple jump (42-3.25) and 10th in the long jump (18-8.50).

    Career - At the 2001 U. S. Junior meet, Baucham placed second in the triple (41-3) and third in the long (19-8.25) jumps. Her indoor mark of 41-10.50 in the triple jump is No. 5 on the all-time prep indoor chart.

    Jessica Cosby, shot put (54-10)/hammer throw (195-4), 5-9, Fr., Mission Hills (Cleveland HS)

    2002 - At the Pac-10, was second in the shot put (54-1) and fourth in the hammer throw (195-4, personal-best, No. 5 in school history). At the NCAA Indoor, earned All-American honors for the second time, placing sixth (53-10.50) in the shot put.

    Career - At the 2001 NCAA Indoor, earned All-American by finishing fifth (53-5) in the shot put. At the 2001 U. S. Junior meet, became the first women's athlete in U. S. Junior history to win both the shot put (54-8.75, No. 8 World Junior, No. 9 U. S.) and hammer throw (182-10) at the national meet.

    Briona (Bree-ah-na) Reynolds, shot put (54-2)/discus (174-2), 5-4, Fr., Grand Forks, ND (RedRiver HS)

    2002 - At the Pac-10, placed fifth (52-5.25) in the shot put and seventh in the discus (161-10). Had a personal-best 181-0 on May 21 at Salinas.

    Career - In 2001 as a senior prepster, Reynolds' best marks were 48-2.25 in the shot put (No. 7 U. S. HS) and 179-1 in the discus (No. 1 U. S. HS, No. 9 all-time). At the 2001 U. S. Juniors, was fourth in the discus (156-6) and fifth in the shot put (49-1).

    Chaniqua Ross, discus (184-9), 5-8, Jr., Elk Grove (Laguna Creek HS)

    2002 - Had a personal-best 188-6 (No. 7 in school history) on May 21 at Salinas. Defended her Pac-10 discus title (180-8) and was sixth in the shot put (51-0.75). Recently named a second-team Dist. VIII Academic All-American (3.33gpa, sociology major). At the 2002 NCAA Indoor, placed 13th in the shot put (50-10).

    Career - In 2001, placed seventh at the U. S. Outdoor in the discus (176-8), earned All-American Outdoor honors by placing third (180-9) and won the Pac-10 (177-3). Two time NCAA Indoor All-American in the shot put (1999-00).

    Laura Saye (Say), discus (180-3), 5-9, So., Henderson, NV (Silverado HS)

    2002 - At the Pac-10, was fourth in the discus (165-8) and 10th in the hammer throw (172-1, personal-best).

    Career - Scored at the Pac-10 meet as a true frosh in 2001, placing sixth (162-1) in the discus.

    Cari (Care-ee) Soong (Sung), hammer throw (209-10), 5-9, So., Riverside (North HS)

    2002 - Entered the Pac-10 meet with the No. 2 mark in the conference (209-10). At the 2002 NCAA Indoor, earned All-American honors (top eight Americans), by placing 10th (63-10.25) in the 20lb. weight throw.Career - A two-time NCAA All-American (2001 Indoor, weight throw; 2000 Outdoor, hammer throw). Won the hammer throw at the 2000 U. S. Junior meet (194-10).

    UCLA AT THE 2002 PAC-10 T & F CHAMPIONSHIPS
    Here's an event-by-event Bruin breakdown at the May 18-19 Pac-10 meet in Pullman, WA (Scoring, 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1).

    Women (first place, 160 points)

    100m - sophomore Sani Roseby had the 11th best time (12.27) and did not advance.

    200m - freshman Monique Henderson placed second (23.04, personal-best, NCAA automatic, No. 7 in school history; 23.59Q).

    400m - senior Bunmi Ogunleye was second (53.08, personal-best, NCAA provisional; 53.31Q) and sophomore Adia McKinnon, the 2001 Pac-10 400m champion, was third (53.26; 53.83).

    800m - sophomore Lena Nilsson was first (2:03.88, personal-best, NCAA automatic, No. 2 in school history; 2:07.02Q), nipping junior teammate Tiffany Burgess (2:03.91; 2:05.80Q) at the tape. Junior Jessica Marr was fifth (2:07.32; 2:07.77Q).

    1500m - sophomore Lena Nilsson was first (4:20.81) and freshman Alejandra Barrientos placed fifth (4:26.95, personal-best).

    3000mSC - freshman Carolyn Shea was sixth (11:02.18) and senior Julia Barbour was 13th (11:34.10).5000m - freshman Alejandra Barrientos placed 12th (18:30.83) and freshman Carolyn Shea was 13th (18:43.21).

    10,000m - no entries

    100m Hurdles - sophomore Sheena Johnson was second (13.39, personal-best, NCAA provisional, No. 8 in school history; 13.82Q). In qualifying, freshman Dana Bethel (14.23, personal-best) and sophomore Sani Roseby (14.51) did not advance.

    400m Hurdles - sophomore Sheena Johnson defended her title, winning with a time of 57.35 (1:00.00Q). Sophomore Nicole Gaskins did not advance (1:02.75).

    4 X 100m Relay - sophomore Sani Roseby, sophomore Nicole Gaskins, freshman Dana Bethel and senior Bunmi Ogunleye placed fifth (46.53). The Bruins moved up to fifth-place when Stanford was DQd.

    4 X 400m Relay - senior Bunmi Ogunleye, sophomore Adia McKinnon, sophomore Sheena Johnson and freshman Monique Henderson placed first, with a time of 3:31.97 (season-best, NCAA automatic, No. 5 in school history).

    High Jump - senior Darnesha Griffith, who won the event as a sophomore in 2000, tied for third (5-7.25). Sophomore Julie Stevenson tied for 10th (5-5.25).

    Pole Vault - senior Tracy O'Hara, the three-time defending champion who has been slowed for a month with chronic lower back pain, was third (13-9.75, it was O'Hara's first competition since the USC dual meet on May 4). Sophomore Gail Larsen was fifth (12-10, personal-best, NCAA provisional, No. 4 in school history) and senior Heather Sickler was 11th (12-6).

    Long Jump - senior Bunmi Ogunleye placed fourth (20-5) and senior Darnesha Griffith was fifth (19-8). Freshman Candice Baucham was 10th (18-8.50).

    Triple Jump - freshman Candice Baucham was third (42-3.25).

    Shot Put - Freshman Jessica Cosby placed second (54-1), freshman Briona Reynolds was fifth (52-5.25) and junior Chaniqua Ross was sixth (51-0.75).

    Discus - junior Chaniqua Ross defended her title (180-8), sophomore Lara Saye was fourth (165-8) and freshman Briona Reynolds was seventh (161-10). It was the fourth consecutive season a Bruin woman won the discus and the 11th UCLA title since 1990.

    Hammer Throw - freshman Jessica Cosby placed fourth (195-4, personal-best, NCAA provisional,No. 5 in school history). Sophomore Lara Saye was 10th (172-1, personal-best) and sophomore Cari Soong, who had the second best mark in the conference, fouled.

    Javelin - no entries

    Heptathlon - no entries

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