UCLA Women's T & F Newcomers for 2003

Oct. 17, 2002

Here's a quick look at some of the top incoming recruits on this season's UCLA women's track & field team.*

Tiffany Brown, Hurdles, Fr., Bakersfield (Stockdale HS)As a senior last spring, Brown was the co-winner of the Jim Tyack Award for the Outstanding Bakersfield area High School Female Athlete. In the 300m hurdles at the 2002 CA State meet, Brown placed eighth (44.88) and anchored Stockdale to a sixth-place finish in the 4 X 400m relay. She won (42.58, season-best) last spring's Mt. SAC Relays 300m hurdle race. In 2001 as a junior, Brown at the CA State meet finished third (42.39, personal-best, No. 11 on the U. S. high school list).

Ashley Caldwell, 800m/1500m, Fr., Los Gatos HSCaldwell this fall is running on the UCLA women's cross country team as a true freshman. At the 2002 U. S. Junior Championships last June at Stanford, she set two personal-bests in the 800m. Brown ran 2:09.65 in qualifying, then placed third (2:09.49) in the 800m final and was the first alternate for the USA team at the World Junior meet. At the CA State meet, Caldwell placed fourth (2:11.07) and was third (2:11.29) at the Golden West Invitational. Won the 1600m (4:55.71, season-best) at the Stanford Invite. As a junior in 2001, her 2:10.27 800m was No. 16 on the U. S. prep chart.

Sheena Gordon, Jumps/Hurdles, Fr., Erie, PA (McDowell HS)One of the nation's top incoming freshman track and field athletes, during her high school career, Gordon won eight PA State titles and collected 15 medals in 16 events, including winning the high jump and triple jump three times (each) and the long jump twice. At the 2002 World Junior meet, she jumped 42-0.50 in qualifying. At the 2002 U. S. Junior Championships, Gordon placed fifth (5-8) in the high jump and third (41-9) in the triple jump. At the 2002 adidas Outdoor Championships in Raleigh, NC, she was fifth (5-7) in the high jump and second (40-9, one-half inch out of first) in the triple jump. At the 2002 PA State meet, Gordon won the high jump (5-11) and the triple jump (42-10.25) to set two PA State meet records and also won (19-10.25) the long jump, while finishing second (14.11w) in the 100m hurdles. She was the star of the Nike Indoor Classic in Landover, MD, winning the high jump (6-0, meet record, No. 1 U. S. prep indoor mark) and t! riple jump (41-6, meet record) for the second straight year.

Emily Haigh, Distances, Fr., Santa Ana (Foothill HS)As a true freshman this fall, Haigh is a member of the Bruin women's cross country team. She has a personal-best of 5:01.28 in the 1600m. Last spring, Haigh ran a 5:06.07 in the Orange County Championships 1600m and was sixth (11:11.23) in the 3200m. At the CIF-Southern Section Masters meet, she placed sixth (5:01.37).

Nastassja Hall, Hurdles/Jumps, Fr., Vista (Rancho Buena Vista)At the 2002 CA State meet, Hall competed in the 300m hurdles and long jump. Her season-best marks were 12.83 (100m), 58.83 (400m), 44.30 (300mH), 5-4 (high jump) and 19-0 (long jump). In four years at Rancho Buena Vista she qualified for the CA State meet 11 times, including six runner-up finishes in the San Diego Masters meet. Hall was also a two-time qualifier in the CA State cross country meet. At the San Diego Masters meet, she won the 300m hurdles (44.30, personal-best) and was third in the long jump (18-2). Her 44.30 300m hurdles mark ranks No. 9 all-time in the San Diego section and her 19-0 long jump is No. 12 all-time San Diego.

Dawn Harper, Hurdles, Fr., East St. Louis, IL (Kennedy HS)One of the nation's top freshman hurdlers from Bruin great Jackie Joyner Kersee's hometown, as a senior last spring at the IL State meet, Harper captured her third state titles (2002-01-99) in both hurdle events, winning the 100m hurdles (13.82) and the 300m hurdles (43.76). As a junior, her winning 100m hurdle time of 13.54, was an IL State record, No. 4 on the U. S. prep chart and the No. 5 U. S. hurdler by Track & Field News. As a freshman in 1999, her winning times were (14.03, No. 2 high school freshman performer) and 42.70 (No. 3 high school freshman performer).

Chelsea Johnson, Pole Vault, Fr., Atascadero HSShe's the daughter of Jan Johnson, 1972 Olympic pole vault bronze medalist and 1971 USA Outdoor champ. In her very first season in the pole vault, as a senior last spring, at the CIF Div. III finals, Johnson won the event with a personal-best 13-6, a national leader and the No. 2 all-time prep mark, just two inches off the high school record. Won the CA State meet (13-3) and the Golden West Invite (13-6, equaling personal-best). Johnson placed fifth at the 2002 U. S. Junior meet (12-1.50). A first-team Los Angeles Times Southland track & field selection, Johnson is also a talented hurdler, with best marks of 14.68 (100m hurdles) and 43.30 (300m hurdles).

Julia Pitts, 400m/Hurdles/High Jump, Fr., North Torrance HSMulti-talented athlete who is a freshman on the UCLA women's basketball team. Last spring, Pitts was named by Cal-Hi Sports Magazine as the State Athlete of the Year for her prep accomplishments in volleyball, basketball and track & field. At the 2002 CA State meet, she was second in the 300m hurdles (42.46), fourth in the high jump (5-9) and fifth in the 400m (55.33; personal-best 54.95 in qualifying) and ran the anchor for North Torrance on its 4 X 400m relay. Her seasonal-best marks were 54.85 (400m), 42.36 (300m hurdles) and 5-9 (high jump).

Michelle Rivera, Pole Vault, Fr., Van Nuys (Birmingham HS)A seasonal and lifetime best of 12-3 in the pole vault, Rivera finished sixth at the Arcadia Invitational (12-0) and won the Los Angeles City Section title, with a vault of 12-0. As a junior in 2001, she placed second in the LA City Championships and as a sophomore in 2000, Rivera was 10th in the CA State meet.

Jenna Timinsky, 800m/Distances, Fr., Encinitas (San Dieguito Academy)As a true freshman at UCLA this fall, Timinsky has already made an impact on the Bruin women's varsity cross country team. As a senior prepster last spring, Timinsky placed second (2:09.48) in the 800m at the CA State meet and then beat a talented field to win the event at the Golden West Invitational (2:09.59). Won the San Diego HS Div. II final in 2:09.56, and at the San Diego CIF Masters, Timinsky won the 800m in a personal-best 2:08.74 (2002 CA State leader, No. 3 all-time San Diego County prep list). She has won four San Diego County CIF 800m and cross country titles.

Kamaiya Warren, Throws, Fr., Berkeley (St. Mary's HS)One of the top young throwers in the State, Warren's bests are 47-10.50 (shot put, No. 2 in CA) and 165-5 (discus, No. 3 in CA). At the 2002 U. S. Junior meet, Warren was seventh (47-10.50, personal-best) in the shot put and 12th (142-3) in the discus. At the 2002 CA State meet, Warren placed third in the shot put (45-11, after being the leader in the qualifying round, 47-1.50) and was also third in the discus (158-9).

Sarah West, Distances, Fr., Davis HSThis fall as a true freshman, West is running for the UCLA women's cross country team. As a senior last spring, at the CA State meet, West ran a personal-best 4:59:08 in the 1600m qualifying and was fourth (10:43.74, then personal-best) in the 3200m. A week later, she set another personal-best in the 3200m (10:43.03), placing eighth at the Golden West Invite. Indoors last season, West ran 10:46.50 at the National Scholastic Indoors to rank No. 5 on the CA State indoor list at 3200m.

*Statistics researched by Bruce Tenen

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