Gaskins, Larsen Earn First-Team Academic All-Pac-10

June 21, 2002

The UCLA women's track & field team had 10 athletes on the AcademicAll-Pac-10 team, led by first-team members -- sophomore sprinter NicoleGaskins and sophomore pole vaulter Gail Larsen.

Gaskins, from Rancho Cucamonga (Diamond Bar HS), is a communicationsstudies major with a cumulative grade point average of 3.813. She has thehighest gpa on the Bruin women's track & field team and the ninth-best gpaamong UCLA women athletes. In 2002, Gaskins was an alternate on theBruins' 4 X 400m relay at the NCAA Outdoor and at the Pac-10 meet, she ranthe second leg on UCLA's 4 X 100m relay (fifth-place, 46.53) and alsoqualified in the 400m hurdles (with a personal-best 1:00.24).

Larsen, from Spokane, WA (Ferris HS), has a 3.75 gpa and is majoringin biology. At the 2002 Pac-10 meet, Larsen placed fifth in the pole vault,with a mark of 12-10 (personal-best, No. 4 in school history).

Earning Second-Team
Earning second-team Academic All-Pac-10 were junior Chaniqua Ross andsenior Heather Sickler. Both Ross and Sickler were also Verizon AcademicAll-American second-team choices.

Ross, from Elk Grove (Laguna Creek HS), had a highly successful 2002Outdoor campaign. At the NCAA, she won the discus (182-0) and successfullydefended her discus title at the Pac-10 meet (180-8).

Sickler, who earned NCAA Outdoor All-American honors as a junior in2001, has a personal-best vault mark of 13-3.50, No. 3 in school history.

Earning Honorable Mention
Seven Bruin women earned Academic Pac-10 Honorable Mention. They are-junior vaulter Karen Bewley (Atascadero HS), junior 800m runner Tiffany Burgess (Van Nuys/Birmingham HS), senior javelin thrower BrookeFitzgerald (Santa Margarita HS), junior distance runner Kelly Grimes (SanDiego/Scripps Ranch), sophomore hurdler Sheena Johnson (Stafford,VA/Garfield HS), a five-time All-American and two time (2002-01) Pac-10400m hurdle champion, senior javelin thrower Suzanne Linn (MissionViejo/Trabuco Hills) and junior sprinter Kristen Tucker (San Diego/MonteVista HS).

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