UCLA Women Defeat USC 104-59 in T & F Dual Meet,
April 26, 2003
Jeanette Bolden's No. 4 UCLA women's track & field team on Saturday defeated No. 5 USC 104-59 in the annual dual meet, before 3,087 at Loker Stadium. The Bruin women have now won the traditional UCLA/USC dual meet 11 years in a row and lead the overall series 17-3.
UCLA's 45-point winning spread was the Bruins' seventh-largest margin of victory in the history of the traditional dual meet, going back to 1984. In her 10th season as the Bruin head coach, Bolden has an unbeaten 10-0 record vs. the Trojans and in her career, she boasts an undefeated dual meet mark of 69-0.
In Lexus Gauntlet team scoring between UCLA and USC, the Bruins picked up 10 points (five for the Bruin women's victory and five for the UCLA men's win in the dual meet, defeating USC 82-81). The team championship point production is now tied (UCLA 50/USC 50).
The Bruin women had three multiple event winners on the track, led by sophomore Monique Henderson (San Diego/Morse HS), junior Sheena Johnson (Stafford, VA/Garfield HS) and junior Lena Nilsson (Vallentuna, Sweden).
Henderson/Johnson/Nilsson Multiple Winners
Henderson won the 200m (23.62, season-best, NCAA Regional Qualifier (NRQ), 400m (52.23, fourth-fastest time this season in the U. S., season-best, NRQ) and ran the second leg on UCLA's winning 4 X 100m relay (44.52, season-best, NRQ).
Johnson won the 100m hurdles (13.34, personal-best, No. 7 in school history, NRQ), 400m hurdles (57.79, season-opener, NRQ) and ran the opening leg on the Bruins' winning 4 X 100m relay. The 100m hurdles was a particularly strong event for the Bruins, finishing one-through-three (first-place, Johnson; second-place, freshman Dawn Harper, from E. St. Louis, IL Senior HS (13.42, personal-best, No. 10 in school history, NRQ) and third-place, junior Hasani Roseby, from Las Vegas, NV/Monterey, CA HS (13.52, season-best, NRQ).
Nilsson, a three-time NCAA champion for the Bruins, won both the 800m (2:05.36, season-best, NRQ) and 1500m (4:20.13, season-opener, NRQ).
On the track, the Bruins had another winner in senior Melissa McBain (Thousand Oaks HS), who triumphed in the 3000m steeplechase (10:53.1). UCLA took first-through-third place in the 3000m steeplechase (second-place, freshman Ashley Allen, from Pleasant Hill/College Park HS (11:10.9, personal-best) and third-place, sophomore Carolyn Shea, from Waterville, ME HS (11:19.3).
Bruins Had Four Winners in the Field
In the field, UCLA was led by four individual event winners. Freshman Chelsea Johnson (Atascadero HS) won the pole vault (13-6.25, personal-best, No. 3 in school history, NRQ) and sophomore Candice Baucham (Inglewood/Long Beach Poly) placed first in the triple jump (41-11.50). Baucham also finished second in the long jump (19-4.75).
Sophomore Jessica Cosby (Mission Hills/Cleveland HS) won the shot put (54-3.25) and was fifth in Friday's hammer throw (181-9). Junior Lara Saye (Henderson, NV/Silverado HS) took first-place in the discus (174-3, season-best, NRQ) and defending NCAA discus champion Chaniqua Ross (Elk Grove/Laguna Creek) placed second (174-1).
Freshman Sheena Gordon (Erie, PA/MacDowell HS) scored six points for the Bruins (in the dual meet, scoring was traditional 5-3-1 for individual events and 5-0 for relays). Gordon placed second in the high jump (5-8.50), second in the triple jump (40-11.50, season-opener, NRQ) and she was also fourth in the long jump (19-0).
UCLA will have its final home meet of the season at Drake Stadium on Saturday (May 3), hosting the UCLA Invitational.
Following the UCLA Invitational, every remaining major outdoor collegiate meet in 2003 will be held in the State of California. USC will host the Pac-10 Championships (May 17-18), Stanford will host the NCAA Regional Qualifying meet (May 30-31) and Sacramento State will host the NCAA Outdoor Championships (June 11-14).