UCLA Hosts Annual UCLA/USC Dual Meet On Saturday
April 27, 2004
THIS WEEKUCLA's Drake Stadium will host the annual women and men'sUCLA/USC dual meet on Friday/Saturday (April 30/May 1). OnFriday, the hammer throw competition will begin at 3 p.m. andon Saturday, field events start at 11:30 a.m. and running eventsat 12:35 p.m. The meet will be scored traditionally (5-3-1 indi-vidualevents/5-0 relays) and ticket prices are $6 (adults) and $4(students).
Fox West 2 will televise the meet on Saturday, May 8 at 8 p.m.In the women's dual history, UCLA leads the series 17-3 (21st an-nual)and has won the last 11 meets in a row (Bruin head coachJeanette Bolden is 10-0 vs. USC in the dual meet series). USC's lastwin was in 1992 (USC 80-UCLA 30 at Drake Stadium).
THE LEXUS GAUNTLETIn the current battle for the Lexus Gauntlet, UCLA has 35 pointsand USC has 55 points. More information about the Lexus Gauntletcan be found at http://gauntlettrophy.collegesports.com/.LAST WEEK
Monique Henderson Wins 200m at UC SanDiego Triton Invitational (April 23-24), DefeatsOlympian Merlene Ottey
Junior Monique Henderson, from San Diego's Morse HS, had thetop time in the 200m, 23.03 (2.0, personal-best, RegionalQualifier (RQ) and No. 7 in school history). In heat one,Henderson defeated seven-time Olympic medallist MerleneOttey (Slovenia), who finished second (23.84). Henderson andOttey's times were the top two of the day. Henderson also ranthe first leg on UCLA's 4 X 400m relay, that placed second(3:52.85).
UCLA's other winner on Saturday was sophomore ChelseaJohnson, who won the pole vault (13-7.25) and sophomoreJacqueline Nguyen was third (13-1, personal outdoor best, RQ).Johnson this outdoor season has twice set the NCAA record,the last time at 15-0 (3/27).
Other top Bruin performers included - junior Caroline Sommers inthe high jump (third overall, second collegian, 5-7) and in thewomen's shot put, the Bruins placed third and fourth overall;junior Jessica Cosby was third (second collegian, 55-1) andfreshman redshirt Kamaiya Warren was fourth (third collegian,53-10.50, personal-best, RQ, No. 10 in school history).In the discus, Bruin great Suzy Powell placed second (205-2).
In other women's competition on Friday - junior Jessica Cosbyplaced third overall in the hammer throw 209-1 (top collegian,personal-best, No. 3 in school history, RQ) and senior CariSoong was fifth (second collegian, 204-11).
Sophomore Sheena Gordon, who is from Erie, PA (MacDowell HS)on Thursday competed in the high jump and on Friday in thetriple jump. Gordon, who has a personal-best 6-1.25 (Pac-10leader) this season, no-heighted in the collegiate champion-shiphigh jump and in the collegiate championship triple jump,she placed sixth (41-7.75, RQ).
Next weekend, the Bruins will be at three different sites - May 7-9 at Modesto Invitational, May 8 at Occidental Invitational andMay 8-9 at the Pac-10 Multi-Events, hosted by the University ofArizona (the Pac-10 Championships will be in Tucson May 15-16).
BRUIN HEAD COACH Jeanette Bolden
Is in her 11th season as the UCLA women's track & field head coachand 13th on the Bruin staff.
On Feb. 13, Bolden was presented the prestigious C. Vivian StringerAward by Dr. Robert S. Block, founding trustee of the United StatesSports Academy.
The C. Vivian Stringer Coaching Award is presented (by the U. S.Sports Academy) to a woman who has experienced outstandingachievement as a coach. This person should exhibit a high stan-dardof propriety, imagination and innovation as a character-builderin the tradition of great teacher-coaches.
The award is named after C. Vivian Stringer, who is in her 10thseason as the head women's basketball coach at Rutgers. In her33rd year as a head coach, Stringer was inducted into the Women'sBasketball Hall of Fame in 2001. The fourth winningest coach inwomen's basketball, Stringer is the only coach in women's or men'sbasketball to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four(Rutgers 2000, Iowa 1993, Cheyney 1982).
Past winners of this prestigious women's coaching honor, estab-lishedin 2002, have been Amy Ruley (2002), highly successfulwomen's basketball coach at North Dakota State and SarahPatterson (2003), legendary women's gymnastics coach at Alabama.Bolden's other coaching honors include --
Led UCLA to back-to-back NCAA Indoor Championships (2000-01) and a runner-up finish in 2002; 8th-place tie in 2003; 5th in 2004.
-Ten Top 10 NCAA Outdoor finishes, including five second-placefinishes.
-2003 NCAA West Region Team Champion
-Eight-time USTCA West Region Coach of the Year, including lastseven consecutive seasons.
-Nine Pac-10 titles in 10 years, including last seven consecutiveseasons.
-Nine-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, including last seven con-secutiveseasons.
-Unbeaten Career dual record of 69-0, including 10-0 mark vs.USC.
-Eight-time National Dual Team Champion, including seven of lasteight seasons.
In collegiate track & field, there are two national rankings -Trackwireand the USTCA sponsored Team Power Ranking.Trackwire's National Top 25 is a power ranking of NCAA Div. I T &F teams. This ranking's methodology takes into account avariety of statistical predictors and is intended to project the out-comeof the 2004 NCAA Div. I T & F Championships (June 9-12 atAustin, TX). The scores provided with the rankings indicate eachteam's projected score based on form charts for each NCAA event(entering last season's NCAA Outdoor, UCLA was ranked No. 3 andplaced 8th at the NCAA Outdoor).
Team Power Ranking is a computer program rating teams byindividual marks and dual meet strength (the UCLA women rankedNo. 2 in the final 2003 standings and have been the National DualMeet Champion seven of the last eight seasons). In last week's(April 19) Team Power Ranking, the Bruins were No. 1 in the U. S.(406.07, ahead of No. 2 Nebraska 398.76).
2004 PAC-10/NCAA REGIONAL/NCAA OUTDOORT & F CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2004 Pac-10 Championships will be held in Tuscon andhosted by the University of Arizona (May 8-9, Saturday-Sunday-MultiEvents/May 15-16, Saturday-Sunday-Championships). The Bruinwomen have won nine Pac-10 titles in 10 years, including the lastseven consecutive seasons.
The 2004 NCAA West Regionals will be hosted by CS Northridge,May 28-29 (Friday-Saturday). UCLA won the first- ever team title lastseason at Stanford.
The 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships will be hosted by theUniversity of Texas at Austin June 9-12. In recent history, the Bruinwomen have 10, Top 10 placements at the NCAA Outdoor, includingfive second-place finishes (2002-2001-1999-1998-1995).
PAC-10 ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
April 13 - Sheena Gordon, Field Athlete of the Week - Gordonwon the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational high jumpwith a personal-best leap of 6-1.25. The mark ties for the third-bestin UCLA history.
UCLA PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
Candice Baucham (Bow-kam), Leslie Barrie (Barry), AlejandraBarrientos (Bar-e-in-tos), Maribeth Buche (Boo-shay), Kiyoko (Key-o-ko) Guillory; Emily Haigh (Haag); Nastassja (Nas-taj-a) Hall; Chelsea(Chel-cee) Johnson; Jamie Kolar (Ko-lar), Adia (A-dee-a) McKinnon,Nana (Na-Na) Merriweather, Jacqueline Nguyen (New-yen); Lena(Lee-na) Nilson (Nil-son), T'Carra (Ta-car-a) Pennick, Manyuan (goesby first name of Mani, pronounced Ma-nee) Reffell (Ra-fell), Briona(Bree-a-na) Reynolds; Georgea (Georgia) Richards, Hasani (goes byfirst name of Sani, Saw-nee) Roseby (Rose-bee), Jenea (Ja-nay) Russ(Rus); Lara Saye (Say), Cari (Care-ee) Soong, Kamaiya (Ka-my-ah)Warren; Talita (Ta-lee-ta) Wells, Carmen Winant (Wy-nant), JessicaYanez (Ya-nez).
Junior Monique Henderson (400m) and sophomore ChelseaJohnson (pole vault) won their invitational events on Sunday at theMt. SAC Relays and are UCLA's nominees for Pac-10 Women'sTrack & Field Athletes of the Week (April 19).
Henderson (San Diego/Morse HS) won the 400m in a time of51.49 (regional qualifier/RQ). It's her first 400m outdoor mark thisseason. The time would be No. 4 on the all-time UCLA chart(Henderson already holds the No. 2 spot, 51.10, 2002) and is theformer national high school record holder (50.74, personal-best).Johnson (Atascadero HS) won the pole vault with a mark of 14-8 (4.47), setting a new meet record. She missed three attempts at15-1.25, which would have broken her NCAA Outdoor mark of 15-0 (March 27).
Also performing well at last weekend's Mt SAC Relays were:
-senior Hasani Roseby, second in her heat, third overall (11.56,0.5,season-best, RQ) in the university open 100m.
-junior Jessica Cosby, fourth (56-7.25/17.25, season-best, RQ) inthe invitational shot put
-freshman Kamaiya Warren, second (50-11/15.52) in the univer-sityopen shot put
-redshirt freshman Jenna Timinsky, fifth (2:06.26, personal-best,RQ, No. 8 in UCLA history) in the university open 800m
-senior Melissa McBain, ninth (4:19.01, personal-best, RQ) in theinvitational 1500m
-senior Cari Soong, 10 th (207-10/63.36) in the hammer throwThe Bruins also ran well in the university open 1500m. Redshirtsophomore Alejandra Barrientos won her section in a time of4:17.60, the second-best overall mark in the event and it was herpersonal-best, RQ and No. 8 in school history. Also winning theirheats in the 1500m were sophomore Ashley Caldwell (4:27.40)and sophomore Allison Hall (4:33.65).
Alumni who competed in invitational events at Mt. SACincluded-Bisa Grant, second in the 100m hurdles (13.09, 1.9); TracyO'Hara, fifth-place (tie) in the pole vault (13-6.25); Amy Acuff,second in the long jump (6-3.50) and in the discus, Suzy Powell(second, 206-1) and Seilala Sua (third, 191-11).
Hall, Richards Compete at CA Invitational Heptathlon (April 14-15)
Sophomore Nastassja Hall finished sixth and freshmanGeorgea Richards placed 10 th at the California InvitationalHeptathlon, held in conjunction with the Mt. SAC Relays, at AzusaPacific.
Hall finished with 4,621 points and was also sixth after the firstday of competition, with 2,826 points. Richards had 4,447 pointsand was again 10 th after the first day, with 2,742 points. Both arePac-10 qualifying marks (2004 Pac-10 Multi Events, May 8-9,Tucson, AZ
April 8-10 - Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-KerseeInvitational
UCLA's Drake Stadium hosted the second annual Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational.
UCLA Sophomore Sheena Gordon Wins HJ, Winning Mark of 6-1.25 Tied for No. 3 in School History; A World-Leading Time andThree U. S. Leading Marks Highlight Meet
On the final day of the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee T & FInvitational, held at UCLA's Drake Stadium before a crowd of ap-proximately2,000, UCLA sophomore Sheena Gordon won the highjump and her mark of 6-1.25 was a meet record, personal-best,tied for No. 3 in school history and an NCAA Regional qualifier (RQ).In a meet highlighted by top marks from elite collegians and pro-fessionaltrack & field athletes, there was one World-leading timeand three U. S. leading marks.
Bruin sophomore Chelsea Johnson narrowly missed breaking herNCAA Outdoor pole vault record, winning the vault with a mark of14-6. Johnson, who has twice set the NCAA Outdoor record this sea-son,last at 15-0 on March 27, just missed on her three attempts at15-1.
Also winning for the Bruins were - senior Melissa McBain in the1500m (4:21.94/on Friday night, McBain also won the 3000m,9:23.88); UCLA's 4 X 400m relay (3:38.16/senior Sheena Johnson,freshman MacKenzie Hill, junior Monique Henderson and seniorSani Roseby) and senior Karina Powell in the javelin (143-0, sea-son-best, RQ).
Other top UCLA performances included - in the 100m, MoniqueHenderson (3rd, 11.59, season-best, RQ); in the 800m, redshirt fresh-manJenna Timinsky (3rd, 2:07.51); in the 1500m, sophomoreAlejandra Barrientos (2nd, 4:23.41, personal-best, RQ); in the 100mhurdles, senior Sheena Johnson (2nd, 13.22, RQ), senior HasaniRoseby (4th, 13.42, RQ) and sophomore Dawn Harper (6th, 13.74,RQ); in the 400m hurdles, MacKenzie Hill (6th, 59.24, RQ); in thelong jump, junior Dana Bethel (3rd, 19-9.50w, +2.1) and in the shotput, junior Jessica Cosby (4th, 55-8.25, RQ) and freshman KamaiyaWarren (5th, 51-6.50, personal-best, RQ).ProfessionalsIn the 400m hurdles, Sheffield Elite Track Club's Brenda Taylor'swinning time of 55.05 is a world leader.There were two American leading marks. In the 100m hurdles,Bruin great and Nike's Michelle Perry's winning time of 13.03 andin the shot put, Nike's Kristin Heaston's 59-6.75 is also No. 11 all-timeon the U. S. list.
Also placing first in their events included such world-class ath-letesas HSI's Inger Miller in the 100m (11.35) and HSI's Torrie Edwardsin the 200m (22.73).
Other Bruin greats who won events included Seilala Sua, takingfirst place in the discus (190-10).Friday's Results/Distance CarnivalOn Friday night in collegiate women's open distance events, UCLA'sdistance runners performed well as redshirt freshman JennaTiminsky placed first and sophomore Ashley Caldwell finished sec-ondin the 1500m; senior Melissa McBain was first and sophomoreAlejandra Barrientos placed second in the 3000m and juniorCarmen Winant won the 5000m.
In the 1500m, Timinsky's winning time of 4:23.88 was a personal-bestand NCAA Regional Qualifier and Caldwell's mark of 4:25.35was also an NCAA Regional qualifier. In the 3000m, McBain's win-ningtime was 9:23.88 and Barrientos came in at 9:28.35. In the5000m, Winant's winning mark was 17:37.74Friday's Results/Collegiate OpenOn Friday (April 9) in collegiate open events, UCLA freshmanMacKenzie Hill won the 100m hurdles and Bruin senior Sani Rosebywon the 100m. Hill's winning mark was 14.00 (2.0), a season-bestand NCAA Regional qualifier. Roseby's winning time was 11.81.Thursday's Results/Hammer ThrowUCLA senior Cari Soong won the women's event, with a meetrecord (breaking her mark of 202-8, 2003), season-best and NCAARegional Qualifying mark of 209-2. Bruin junior Jessica Cosby placedthird overall (second collegian), with a mark of 192-6.April 1-3 - at Texas RelaysDay One 4x800m HighlightsThe team of Ashley Caldwell, Melissa McBain, Allison Hall andJenna Timinsky placed second in 8:39.08. Caldwell led off in 2:08.3,followed by McBain's 2:07.6. Hall ran 2:12.2 and Timinsky ran theanchor leg in 2:10.5.Day Two HighlightsSophomore Sheena Gordon was one of the standout performersof the day. Gordon won section B of the high jump, clearing a re-gionalqualifying 5-10 (1.78m). She came back later in the day andcompeted in section A of the high jump. Gordon improved uponthis morning's performance and won with a personal best outdoorclearance of 5-11.25 (1.81m).
The Bruin's 4x400m relay squad won heat four of the prelims in3:33.18. Sani Roseby led things off with a split of 54.1, followed bySheena Johnson (52.3) and MacKenzie Hill (55.1). Junior MoniqueHenderson anchored the relay with a split of 51.6. The Bruins hadthe second fastest time of the prelims.
In the final event of the day for the Bruins, the 1600m sprint med-leyrelay team of Roseby, Johnson, Henderson and Jenna Timinskyplaced second overall in 3:50.79.
Final Day HighlightsSophomore Chelsea Johnson continued her success in the polevault. Johnson won the event, setting the new meet record at 14-9(4.50m). Last weekend, at the Stanford Invitational, Johnson becamethe first collegiate woman to clear 15-0. It is a new NCAA record,breaking the previous record of 14-9 set by Johnson on March 6.The Bruin distance medley relay squad of Alejandra Barrientos,MacKenzie Hill, Ashley Caldwell and Melissa McBain placed sec-ondin 11:15.49. Barrientos led off in 3:30, followed by Hill in 55.1.Caldwell ran the 800m leg in 2:08.4 and McBain anchored in 4:41.
MARCH 26-27 - AT THE STANFORD INVITATIONAL AT PALO ALTO.The Bruin women were led by sophomore Chelsea Johnson whobecame the first woman in collegiate history to pole vault 15-0feet, winning the event. The 15-0 (4.57m) vault broke her own NCAAOutdoor/UCLA record of 14-9 that she set on March 6 (breakingOregon's Becky Holliday's mark of 14-8, 2003) and it's the No. 5 ef-fortall-time. Johnson's vault also broke the meet record of 14-1.25(4.30m) set by UCLA's Tracy O'Hara in 2002.Other top Bruin performers included:
High Jump - senior Julie Stevenson, 4 th , 5-8
Hammer Throw- Cari Soong, 4 th , 193-4best, RQ)Results from Saturday (March 27)
1500m - Melissa McBain, 9 th , 4:20.19 (personal-best, RQ); AlejandraBarrientos, 20 th , 4:28.29 (season-best, RQ)
16 th , 5-6 (1.68)
Pole Vault - Chelsea Johnson, 1 st , 15-0/4.57 (NCAA Outdoor Record/school record/first women's collegiate vaulter to reach the 15-footmark, personal-best, RQ, No. 5 all-time/ on March 6, Johnson set anew NCAA Outdoor mark of 14-9, breaking the old record of 14-8,
Becky Holliday, Oregon, 2003)
Results from Friday (March 26)
800m (B), Heat 3 - Jennifer Esser, 4 th , 2:15.31 (13 th best time)
1500m (B), Heat 1 - Emily Haigh, 4 th , 4:37.14 (ninth- best time); Sa-rahWest, 11 th , 4:45.94 (29 th best time)
Pole Vault (B) - Flight 1 - Jackie Nguyen, 2ndT, 12-3.50 (3.75)(sec-ond-best mark)
Discus (B) - Kamaiya Warren, foul
Javelin - Karina Powell, 16 th , 128-5 (39.14)(16 th best mark)
RQ = Regional Qualifier
MARCH 19-20 - AT CS NORTHRIDGE INVITATIONALUCLA was led by junior Monique Henderson, who had the fastesttimes in both the 100m and 200m and turned in twoNCAA West Region qualifying times (season-best 100m, 11.63, -1.3/season-best 200m, 23.24, 0.6).
Sophomore Kiyoko Guillory had the third-best time in the 200m(season-best 25.16, 2.0); freshman Georgea Richards had the third-fastestmark in the 100m hurdles (season-best 14.75, 0.4) and seniorKarina Powell had the top distance in the javelin (season-best 139-07).MARCH 6-AT UCLA 238 VS. CAL POLY-SLO 127/CSFULLERTON 117/CS LOS ANGELES 71In the season home opener at Drake Stadium, the Bruinwomen scored 238 points for the victory. UCLA won 14 events andeleven Bruins also had NCAA Regional qualifying marks.Leading the way was sophomore Chelsea Johnson, who wonthe pole vault. Johnson vaulted a personal best and NCAA outdoorrecord breaking 14-9 (4.50m) for the victory. The height is also aDrake Stadium and UCLA school record. Oregon's Becky Hollidayset the previous NCAA Outdoor mark of 14-8 (4.47m) last season.The Bruins had a pair of dual event winners. Junior MoniqueHenderson won the 100m and 200m dash in 11.71 (-1.1) and 23.66 (-1.4).Both times are regional qualifiers. Redshirt freshman KamaiyaWarren won the shot put, 51-2.75/15.61m, and discus, 150-4/45.82m. Her shot put mark is a regional qualifier. True freshmanMacKenzie Hill won the 400m and 110m hurdles in 56.31 and 14.24(0.8). Hill's 110m hurdles time is a regional qualifier.Other victorious Bruins were Melissa McBain (800m, 2:08.96PR,RQ), Alejandra Barrientos (1500m, 4:30.82), Valerie Flores (5000m,17:25.52), Cari Soong (hammer, 207-7/63.28m, RQ) and KarinaPowell (javelin, 138-10/42.33m).
UCLA's 400m and 1600m relays were also victorious. The 400mrelay squad of Hill, Kiyoko Guillory, Henderson and Adia McKinnonwon in 46.27 and the 1600m relay team of Jennifer Esser, McBain,Allison Hall and Barrientos won in 3:53.88.INDOOR HIGHLIGHTSMARCH 12-13 - AT 2004 NCAA INDOOR AT FAYETTEVILLE, ARThe UCLA women sent 13 athletes to the 2004 NCAA Indoor Cham-pionships,at the University of Arkansas' Tyson Indoor Stadium.A total of 10 All-America performances, seven top-five finishes,four personal bests and a school record highlighted this year's NCAAIndoor. In the team standings, the Bruin women finished fifth overallwith 40 points, behind No. 1 LSU (52), No. 2 Florida (51), No. 3 Ne-braska(45.50) and No. 4 Tennessee (43).2004 UCLA Indoor All-Americans (10)Candice Baucham (TJ), Ashley Caldwell (DMR/second career All-Americanhonor), Jessica Cosby (SP/third career All-American honor),Dawn Harper (60mH), Chelsea Johnson (PV), Sheena Johnson(60mH, DMR/9th and 10th career All-American honors), MelissaMcBain (DMR), Lena Nilsson (DMR/fourth career All-American honor),Cari Soong (WT/seventh career All-American honor), Renee Williams(LJ).
Triple Jump, 3rd, 44-2.75 (13.48m), Personal best, No. 2 all-time -enteredthe meet No. 12 on the collegiate list (43-4.25).
Shot Put, 4th, 56-6.50 (17.23m) - entered the meet No. 6 on thecollegiate list (56-0.50); Weight Throw, 9th in flight 2, 58-4.75 (17.80m)- entered the meet No. 11 on the collegiate list (66-11.25).
60mH, 4th, 8.13 (8.17q), Personal Best-entered the meet No. 11 onthe collegiate list (8.19).
Pole Vault, 2nd, 13-11.25 (4.25m) -entered the meet No. 1 on thecollegiate list (14-8).
60mH, 3rd, 8.11 (8.11q)-entered the meet No. 4 on the collegiatelist (8.06).
60mH, 5th in heat 3, 8.26 - entered the meet No. 13 on the collegiate list (8.20).
Long Jump, 6th, 20-1.50 (6.13m) - entered the meet No. 1 on thecollegiate list (21-1.50).
FEBRUARY 27-28-AT 2004 MPSF INDOOR AT SEATTLE, WA
At the 2004 MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships, hostedby Washington at Dempsey Indoor Stadium, the Bruins placed sec-ond.Stanford won for the third consecutive year, scoring 148 points.Runner-up UCLA scored 109 points, followed by Washington with83 points. Rounding out the Top-Five teams were Washington State(fourth, 73) and Arizona (fifth, 62).
Four Bruins were victorious. Dawn Harper won the 60m hurdlesin a provisional time of 8.19. In the pole vault, school record holderand national leader Chelsea Johnson vaulted 14-4.50 (4.38m) andwas named the MPSF Female Athlete of the Meet. In the throwingevents, the Bruins set a pair of meet records on the way to victory.Jessica Cosby threw an NCAA automatic 56-0.50 (17.08m) in theshot put and in the weight throw, Cari Soong won with a throw of67-1.25 (20.45m).
FEB. 14-AT PAC-10 INDOOR INVITATIONAL AT SEATTLE, WA
At the Pac-10 Indoor Invite, at Washington's Dempsey Indoor Sta-dium,Chelsea Johnson was the key Bruin performer of the meet.Johnson won the pole vault with a then-personal best height of 14-8 (4.47m). By clearing the height, Johnson set a new school record,breaking theprevious record of 14-7.25 set by former Bruin great andcollegiate records-holder Tracy O'Hara in 2000. Johnson also brokethe Dempsey facility record of 14-3.50 (4.36m) set by O'Hara in 2003.Johnson was one of three Bruin event winners. Jessica Cosby wonthe shot put with a then-season best performance of 53-8.25(16.36m). It is a NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Senior Cari Soongcontinued her winning streak at Dempsey Stadium, winning theweight throw with an NCAA Automatic qualifying mark of 67-0.75(20.44m).
CROSS COUNTRY HIGHLIGHTS2004 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Led by top finishers Amber Harper and UCLA freshman AlisonCostello (Yorba Linda/Esperanza HS), Team USA's Junior Women'ssquad placed fourth Saturday (March 20) at the 2004 IAAF WorldCross Country Championships in Brussels, Belgium.
Team USA's junior women's team took to the course first on Satur-dayand equaled its best ever placing at the World Cross CountryChampionships by finishing fourth in the team competition with 120points. Ethiopia grabbed the top four places in winning the teamcompetition with 10 points.
Kenya was the runner-up with 36 points, with Japan third with 67points. Team USA's junior women also placed fourth in 1995 inDurham, England, and in 2003 in Lausanne, Switzerland.The U.S. was led by Amber Harper (Provo, Utah), who placed 24th, followed by Alison Costello (UCLA/Los Angeles, Calif.) in 30th (22.10)and Amanda Trotter (Palo Alto, Calif.) in 31st. Jennifer Barringer(Oveido, Florida) was 35th with Trotter's twin sister Katy (Palo Alto,Calif.) 36th and Brittany Brockman (Waco, Texas) 60th.
2004 USA CHAMPIONSHIPS
UCLA freshman Alison Costello (Yorba Linda/Esperanza HS) onFeb. 7 won the 2004 USA Junior Women's Cross Country individualchampionship in Indianapolis. She ran the 6km course in a winningtime of 20:55, ahead of second-place Kathleen Trotter (Stanford), ina time of 21:06. The race was held at Indianapolis' Fall Creek and16th Street Park.
The top six finishers in the junior women's competition (age 19and under) qualify for the U. S. team that will travel to Brussels, Bel-giumfor the upcoming IAAF World Championships (March 20-21).
Joining Costello and K. Trotter on the U. S. team will be - third-placeAmber Harper (BYU, 21:19), fourth-place Jennifer Barringer (UNAT,21:21), fifth-place Amanda Trotter (Stanford, 21:34) and sixth-placeBrittany Brockman (UNAT, 21:37).
Last fall, Costello was one of the Bruins' top cross country runners,helping the UCLA women qualify automatically as a team to theNCAA Championships (UCLA placed seventh, its highest finish since1985). In last fall's major cross country invitationals, Costello placed153rd (21:34.1) at the NCAA, 14th (20:53, earning All-Region honors)at the NCAA West Region Qualifying and 15th (22:19.0) at the Pac-10,24th (21:02.2) at the Pre-National and fourth (21:21) at the StanfordInvitiatonal.
At the 2003 CA State meet as a senior at Esperanza, Costello placedthird in the 1600m in a personal-best 4:53.74.
2003 UCLA CROSS COUNTRY
Eric Peterson's UCLA women's cross country squad in 2003 hadone of the most successful campaigns in school history.
At the NCAA Championships (Nov. 24 at Northern Iowa U./6k),the Bruins were an automatic qualifier and placedseventh as a team, with 293 points. It's the highest UCLA placementunder Peterson and one of only five Top 10 NCAA finishes in Bruinwomen's cross country history.
At the NCAA West Region (Nov. 15 in Portland, OR/6k), UCLA placedsecond (69 points) and had five All-Regionalrunners - Flores (4th, 20:30), Caldwell (11th, 20:50), freshman AlisonCostello (14th, 20:53), sophomore Jenna Timinsky (21st, 21:03) andsenior Melissa McBain (25th, 21:11).
At the Pac-10 Championships (Nov. 1 at Washington State/6K),UCLA was third (79 points) and led by first-team All-Pac-10 runnerFlores (7th, 21:55.10) and second-team All-League Caldwell (14th,22:17.2).