Seven Bruins To Compete At This Week's USA Outdoor/Junior Nationals

June 18, 2003

Jeanette Bolden, recently named the 2003 Pac-10 Women's Track & Field Coach of the Year for the seventh consecutive season, will have seven athletes at this week's 2003 USA Outdoor/Junior National T & F Championships, held Thursday-Sunday (June 19-22), at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field.

The USA meet will serve as the selection for Team USA to the 2003 World Outdoor Championships in Paris. The top three finishers in each final (who have achieved the IAAF's A standard) will compete in Paris in August. The Junior meet will serve as the Team USA selection competition for the 2003 Pan Am Junior Championships, July 18-20 in Bridgetown, Barbados. The top two finishers in each event at the U. S. Junior Championships will be eligible for the selection pool for the Pan Am meet in Barbados.

The USA Outdoor T & F Championships will be broadcast live from 1-3 p.m. PT on Saturday, June 21, on NBC and live from 1-2:30 p.m. PT Sunday, June 22 on ESPN2.

Bruins in the USA Meet
Competing for the Bruins in the USA meet will be:

  • senior Chaniqua Ross, in the discus - this spring, Ross placed second in the discus at the Pac-10 and Regional meets and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor. The 2002 NCAA Outdoor discus champion who won the Pac-10 event in 2001-02, Ross is one of UCLA's most honored student-athletes. In 2003 she has earned a Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship, second-team Pac-10 All-Academic and Verizon Academic All-Dist. VIII and third-team Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar. Ross has a 3.45gpa in sociology and African-American studies and next fall will be a graduate student at California. Her personal-best mark is 188-6, with a season-best 184-8.

  • sophomore Monique Henderson, in the 400m - Henderson won the 400m at the NCAA West Regional and at the NCAA Outdoor, placed seventh, earning her third Outdoor All-American honor (fifth overall, including Indoor). Her personal-best mark is 50.74 (former national high school record), with a season-best 51.96.

  • junior Cari Soong, in the hammer throw - Soong had an outstanding spring, winning the hammer throw championships at the Pac-10 (215-11, meet record) and Regional (216-3, school record) and placing fifth (208-3) at the NCAA Outdoor.

    Bruins in the U. S. Junior Meet
    Competing for the Bruins in the Junior meet will be:

  • freshman Jenna Timinsky, in the middle distances - a redshirt this spring, Timinsky will compete unattached. As a true freshman last fall in cross country, Timinsky helped lead the Bruin women to an NCAA team berth, by placing 22nd at the Pac-10 and ninth at the Regional meet.

  • freshman Chelsea Johnson, in the pole vault - as a true freshman this spring, she placed second in the vault at the Pac-10, sixth at the Regionals and qualified as an at-large performer to the NCAA Outdoor. Her personal/season-best 13-6.25 is No. 3 in school history.

  • freshman Kamaiya Warren, in the throws - a redshirt this spring, Warren will compete unattached. As a senior prepster last year, Warren earned Indoor All-American shot put honors from American T & F Magazine.

  • Dawn Harper, in the 100m hurdles - as a true freshman this spring, Harper placed second at the Pac-10, fourth at the Regionals and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor. Her personal/season-best of 13.33 is No. 8 in school history.

    Bruin Alumni at the 2003 USA Championships
    Bruin greats competing include:

  • Gail Devers in the 100m hurdles - although hamstring problems have plagued the two-time Olympic 100m gold medalist this spring, Devers is a three-time World Outdoor champion in this event.

  • Joanna Hayes in the hurdles - she has times this season of 13.00 (100m hurdles) and 55.62 (400m hurdles) and while at UCLA, won the 1999 400m hurdles NCAA Outdoor title.

  • Amy Acuff in the high jump - she's a three-time USA champion who won five NCAA Outdoor/Indoor crowns while at UCLA.

  • Tracy O'Hara in the pole vault - in her UCLA career, O'Hara won three NCAA Outdoor/Indoor vault titles.

  • Seilala Sua in the shot put/discus - Sua, who won seven NCAA titles at UCLA, is the 2001 Outdoor shot put champion and in the discus, she's a four-time U. S. winner.

  • Suzy Powell in the discus - ranked No. 9 in the World in 2002, Powell is the American record-holder (227-10).

  • Shelia Burrell in the heptathlon - Burrell won the bronze medal at the 2001World Outdoor and is the 1999/2002 U. S. Champion.

  • Michelle Perry in the heptathlon - enters the meet with the nation's No. 6 mark (5684w). At the 2001 NCAA Outdoor, Perry was second in the heptathlon.

    2003 Pac-10 All-Academic Honors
    The Bruin women had eight student-athletes earn conference All-Academic honors. They are:

    First Team

  • junior Gail Larsen (pole vault), 3.72gpa (biology)

    Second Team

  • senior Chaniqua Ross (discus), 3.45gpa (sociology/African-American studies)

  • sophomore Carmen Winant (distances), 3.77gpa (art)

    Honorable Mention

  • senior Tiffany Burgess (800m), sophomore Jamie Kolar (pole vault), sophomore Lori Mann (distances), junior Melissa McBain (distances) and sophomore Carolyn Shea (distances).

    2003 MPSF Indoor Academic Honors
    Six Bruins have earned Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Scholar-Athlete for the 2003 indoor season. They are:

  • senior Tiffany Burgess (800m), 3.088gpa

  • sophomore Jamie Kolar (pole vault), 3.361gpa

  • junior Gail Larsen (pole vault), 3.720gpa

  • sophomore Lori Mann (distances), 3.173gpa

  • junior Melissa McBain (distances), 3.330gpa

  • sophomore Carmen Winant (distances), 3.767gpa
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