UCLA Women T & F Honors Jeanette Bolden USTCA West Region Coach of the Year

June 5, 2003

UCLA women's track & field head coach Jeanette Bolden for the seventh consecutive season has been named the USTCA Mondo West Regional Women's Coach of the Year and Bruin senior Chaniqua Ross has been awarded a Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship.

Bolden Earns Regional Coaching Honor
For the seventh consecutive season, the U. S. Track Coaches Association has named Bolden as the Women's West Regional Coach of the Year. In her 10th season as the Bruin women's track & field head coach, Bolden has now won the Regional honor eight times in her career.

During the 2003 outdoor season, the Bruin women have won the team titles at the Pac-10 Championships (seven consecutive seasons/on nine occasions in Bolden's 10 years) and last weekend at the first-ever NCAA Regional meet at Stanford.

The Bruin women are rated No. 3 in the U. S. (Trackwire) for next week's 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships hosted by CS Sacramento. Under

Bolden, the Bruin women have eight Top Three finishes at the NCAA Outdoor, including second-place finishes the last two seasons.

Bolden will be recognized Monday night (June 9) at the Mondo Coaches Banquet in Sacramento. The USTCA Mondo National Coach of the Year will be named the week after the NCAA Outdoor.

Ross Gets Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship
Ross, from Elk Grove (Laguna Creek HS), has been awarded a 2003 Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship. Next fall Ross will be doing graduate studies at Cal-Berkeley. She is one of 38 conference athletes, including three other Bruins, to be given a grant in the amount of $3,000.

To be eligible for a Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship (each recipient is selected by their respective institution) a student-athlete must - have an overall grade-point-average of 3.00 or its equivalent; be in his/her final season of intercollegiate athletics eligibility; have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team; intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time graduate student and have behaved both on and off the field in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. Participation in campus and community service activities and demonstration of leadership qualities also will be taken into consideration.

For Ross, who has a 3.45gpa in sociology and African-American studies, this is her third academic honor this season. She has already earned second-team Verizon Academic All-Dist. VIII and third-team Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar.

Ross will defend her discus title at the upcoming NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento. In 2003, she placed second in the discus at both the Regional and Pac-10 meets. Her season-best mark in the discus is 184-8.

Also getting the 2003 Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship from UCLA are - Bryson Bohlander (football), Lauren Fendrick (women's volleyball) and James Morrow (men's volleyball).

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